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My ol man found these photos.
I think it's neat
Supposedly, it's the most copied motorcycle in the world


1960 MZ 125/3
1 cyl. 125cm3 Engine
 

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I think the chain is hidden inside. Still cool to see such simplicity. Love those old 2 strokes.

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I think the chain is hidden inside. Still cool to see such simplicity. Love those old 2 strokes.

DT
oh hey you know, I think you're right.
....no wait...it's dual shaft drive :BLAM: LoL

I must admit, I've never seen a chain cover like that
 

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so what IS the smallest bike with shaft drive ever made?
 

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I think the chain is hidden inside. Still cool to see such simplicity. Love those old 2 strokes.DT
Yep, and don't that engine remind you of the Bultaco's... I'll bet it even smells like one...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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My first bike--a Virago 535 ('87 model)--was a shaft driven bike.

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
I have a friend at work that just bought an '83 Honda Shadow VT500. this will be his frist bike. we was going to buy my Honda CM400T, but he some one he knew offered him a really good deal (one better than he knows he got!) on the Shadow 500 so he took the deal on the Shadow.
he thought that I was going to be mad at him, I told him, if he didn't take that deal I would have been mad at him! I also told him do sell that 500! it's one great bike!
 

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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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I would so ride out on that bike, small or not, I bet it would turn some heads!
 

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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...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

OD, I have two Bulls: a 250 and 350. First $2500 takes both... needs lots of restoration.

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Gl500

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!

DT
 

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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...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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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
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.
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?:confused:
 

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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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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 :rockon:
 
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