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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 01:20 PM
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Google -Yamahopper - it's hard to get smaller than 49cc.
We have an '81 that still runs like a top
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Yep, and don't that engine remind you of the Bultaco's... I'll bet it even smells like one...lol...
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so what IS the smallest bike with shaft drive ever made?
My GL500 Honda is shaft. Very nice old ride, full air suspension/prolink.

It gets 'classic' plates this year - never have to buy another tab again!

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DT-I had a 250 Pursang and that sucker would run in its time...lol... I loved that bike till I leaned it out and blew it, got it right after the 250 Ossa Mick Andrews Replica, which about broke my back when I rode it...lol...
BTW-I have a friend that did restore the older ones (Bultacos) and also raced in some vintage races, but he had a heart attact 2-3 yrs ago and I don't know if he is still into it or not...
Exactly what are they and their condition and I will contact him and fin out...
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Here's my buddy's Honda 500. Check out the pipe. I rode it when I was teaching him to ride. This thing is quick and it's FUN!

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The Honda Shadow VT500 ('83-'86) is the smallest "shafty" that I know of....

too bad you can't buy a cruiser like that anymore...

http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0500/shadow/shadow.htm
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I aplogize, I don't mean to thread jack.
My buddy and I picked up an 83 Honda VT500 as his first bike. It's in his garage right now.
I'm intrigued, why are they so special?

Love the bike in the OP by the way. I'd keep that thing forever.
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Here's my buddy's Honda 500. Check out the pipe. I rode it when I was teaching him to ride. This thing is quick and it's FUN!
I know why they are so special Mike. They have that 6th gear we have all been looking for!!

I think your buddy`s 500 is a 1984 model, as it has red side covers, and no sissy bar type backrest.
The `83 model is the only one with chrome side covers.

The `85 and `86 both have backrests.

I see this bike also has a fork brace. The Magna 65 has one too. How come Ma Kawi never figured out the VN750 should have a fork brace, when Honda has been putting them on midsized and larger cruisers for at least this long?

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didn't kaw put a shaft on the 305 the last year they made em in the early 80s. i know it was belt when it first came out but seems like a buddy had one in 84 or 85 with a shaft.
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Why is the Honda VT500 a "special" bike, you may ask...?

Well, if you do a "walk around" with the VT500 Shadow pictured above...or one of its "big brothers"...the '83-'87 Honda VT700 and the '85-'86 VT1100....you'll realize these bikes are basically different Honda versions of our VN750. These bikes were full-featured machines, complete with most of the features that are on our 750 (but I think the VT500 and VT700 don't have fuel gauges--correct me if I'm wrong).

Cruisers like these simply aren't available anymore...at any price...

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Product Description

Engine Type: 50CC, single cylinder 2-stroke, air cooled
Transmission System: Shaft drive
Bore* Stroke(mm): 40*39.2
Piston Displacement(ml): 49
Maximum Power(kw/r/min): 1.98/5500
Maximum Torque(N. M/r/min): 3.7/4500
Starting system: Kick starter
Transmission: Non-grade shift
Seat Height(mm): 480X10
Min Turning Radius(mm): 1000
Ground Clearance(mm): 100
Brake(Front/Rear): Drum/Drum
Tyre Front: 2.50-10-4PR
Tyre Rear: 2.50-10-4PR.

Ignition Type: C. D. I
Fuel Tank Capacity(L): 2.0
Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Unit Swing
Parking Brake: None
Battery: None
Max. Load Capacity(Kg): 40
Engine Oil Capacity(L): 0.3
Gear Oil Capacity(L): 0.05
Dry Weight(kg): 39
Rider Capacity: 1 PERSON
Wheel Base: 860
Lubrication: Auto
Overall Length(mm): 1250
Overall Width(mm): 580
Overall Height(mm): 720
Compression Ratio: 6.0: 1
Gross weight: 46 Kg

140 units/ 20'
292 units/40'.

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Model NO.: EP50PY
Standard: CE
Engine Type: 2-Stroke
Type: Dirt Bike
Displacement: <=50cc
Company: Epeax Motorcycle Co., Limited
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Why is the Honda VT500 a "special" bike, you may ask...?

Well, if you do a "walk around" with the VT500 Shadow pictured above...or one of its "big brothers"...the '83-'87 Honda VT700 and the '85-'86 VT1100....you'll realize these bikes are basically different Honda versions of our VN750. These bikes were full-featured machines, complete with most of the features that are on our 750 (but I think the VT500 and VT700 don't have fuel gauges--correct me if I'm wrong).

Cruisers like these simply aren't available anymore...at any price...
yup!

I believe you are right, I don't think the VT500 has a fuel gauge. Honda gave it a sixth gear instead. LOL
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