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Offline HeeBs

What killed the 50cc bikes?
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:52:06 pm »
I know there's a whole lot of guys with fond memories of their 50cc scoots from the old days but I was wondering today about this. 25yrs or so there were thousands of these things buzzing around, now they can't be found !

As I understand, when the law changed and allowed 16/17 yrs old to ride up to 125cc, there was just no point in buying a 50cc anymore.

BUT I can't imagine that the law change in a small biking country like SA is the reason that Honda, Yammie, Suzuki and Kawa stopped producing these bikes. Or more realistically, was it a fact that these Jap bike producers decided to no longer make 50's that forced the law change in SA?

Are 50's still produced en mass? I'm not talking about 50cc kiddies MX bikes but proper sized schoolboy transport.

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015, 05:59:57 pm »
2-smoke bans and a 4t 50cc will not make enough power to carry a school bag.
I'm not saying kill stupid people, I'm saying, remove the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 06:19:22 pm »
May they never make my first bike again. I could not handle that wicked raw power of the Honda SS. :eek7: :imaposer: :biggrin:

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 06:28:47 pm »
When they moved the limit for a 16 year old rider to 125cc, 50's became obsolete
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 06:32:11 pm »
Have to add though I loved my MT 5. Did 32 000 kms in two years on it. Tough as nails and it was abused.

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2015, 06:37:26 pm »
I had a Honda MT5.
Best scoot EVER.
I really had the best time of my life on that machine.
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2015, 06:40:37 pm »
I had a Honda MT5.
Best scoot EVER.
I really had the best time of my life on that machine.
Bought new out the box for R600.00
Mine was R649 with numberplates. :thumleft:
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2015, 06:49:54 pm »
Oulike goedjies gewees  :thumleft:
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015, 06:49:59 pm »
May they never make my first bike again. I could not handle that wicked raw power of the Honda SS. :eek7: :imaposer: :biggrin:



I also had a blue one... only difference was the seat was a bit shorter and had a metal piece on the back of the seat, same colour as the tank. The seat seated one comfortably, or two at a real squeeze.

Mine cost R450 in 1975.

It looks as though the one in the pic here has had a 72cc conversion... the barrel is black.
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 07:02:57 pm »
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When they moved the limit for a 16 year old rider to 125cc, 50's became obsolete

Jip.  Licensing requirements killed 50's.

I had a 1975 Yamaha RD50 bought 2nd hand in 1976 for R350.00 which included a Kanga Colt open face helmet,  on-road costs and a full tank of petrol. .
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2015, 07:49:47 pm »
Honda MT 5 was my first. Mates with the Yamaha DT50 thought they were much cooler though. My bike was bullet proof. It just kept on going
 

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2015, 08:12:46 pm »
May they never make my first bike again. I could not handle that wicked raw power of the Honda SS. :eek7: :imaposer: :biggrin:



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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2015, 08:23:25 pm »
50cc only became absolute in SA, they are still manufactured and in places like India 16yo teens are still only allowed 50cc max capacity bikes.

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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2015, 08:38:12 pm »
50cc only became absolute in SA, they are still manufactured and in places like India 16yo teens are still only allowed 50cc max capacity bikes.



They are obsolete in most countries,  but you could be correct that they are still made in some countries.  I  Again,  all governed by licensing regs.   This is especially true for the Asian market where most bikes are sold.  The cc limits will eventually disappear completely as more countries adopt the power to weight ratio method.


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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2015, 08:42:26 pm »
Yeah, I meant to say "...in SA after going to 125cc, they are..."   ;D
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2015, 08:45:44 pm »
I. did a Google search and can't find any new 50cc bikes though.   Probably obsolete in all countries by now?
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2015, 08:51:05 pm »
I got the following from Wikipedia and an Indian tourism site:

Minimum age limit is 18 years for all vehicles; however licence for motor cycle having engine capacity below 50cc (cubic capacity) have a minimum age limit of 16.

For obtaining a licence to drive motorcycles with an engine capacity of 55 cc or less, the minimum age is 16. The most common licences are MC 50CCC (Motorcycle 50cc)Śmotorcycles with an engine capacity of 50 cc or less.
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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2015, 08:57:43 pm »
Honda sells a CD50 in Pakistan, looks like this from 2004 onwards;


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Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2015, 09:20:40 pm »
'What killed the 50cc bikes'......You bunch of old toppies :pot: :pot: Broke them all and now ask where they are  :xxbah:

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Re: Re: What killed the 50cc bikes?
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2015, 09:29:03 pm »
I had a Suzuki RG50 Gamma. Really loved it.