Yet another really neat 50cc motorcycle from Honda that never made it to the US, at least as far as I can tell. The CL50 Benly seems to have been made for the domestic and the European markets, as the presence of a four-speed gearbox meant that it wouldn't fall into the moped classification here. But in Europe, 50cc bikes with gearboxes are mopeds, and the traditional entry route into motorcycling for 14-16 year olds. The top speed of 50mph and the indestructable Honda 4 stroke engine meant that it was the perfect first entry level motorcycle for a generation of beginners overseas.
The pressed steel frames of that era were designed for low cost of manufacture, but they resulted in some awfully attractive bikes, too. There were both road and scrambler versions, just like the bigger bikes of the era, the scrambler differing only in having a raised exhaust and a skid plate. WIth a fuel consumption of 90Km/liter (211 mpg!) at 30kph, the four-stroke Honda easily outranged the two-stroke competition of the day; it would be pretty amazing today, too.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Posted by michael edelman at 8:10 PM