Your Guide to Buying the Honda Express NA50

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Once you have narrowed down the list of scooters that might work for you and have chosen the Honda Express NA50, you may be excited to start shopping. However, before you do, there are a few things to consider to ensure you are getting the Express you want at a reasonable price and a little research can help.


Choosing a Honda Express NA50

Honda first released the NA50 or Express II onto the moped market in 1979. The company continued to make this solid machine until 1981. The original 1979 model was much like the Honda NC50; however, the frame included a more comfortable seat, tree style handlebars, and a slightly larger fuel tank, increasing the range before refuelling. The 1980 model included a larger battery than the 1979 model as well as turn signals. The last model, in 1981, featured a two-speed automatic transmission, allowing the scooter to reach speeds of up to 45 kph. The 1981 model also includes a kick starter, instead of a wind up one, as well as a capacitor discharge ignition and is equipped with an automatic choke system. The company also improved the compression ratio for the last two years of production.


Honda Express NA50 Costs

Knowing how much to pay for the NA50 and how much you can afford goes a long way toward determining which NA50 to purchase. Be realistic when computing the cost of tax and license, insurance, fuel, and maintenance. Before you spend your valuable time checking out the scooter, be sure to do a complete paperwork check. Examine all documentation including service and insurance records as well as any receipts. Be sure the VIN number matches the records.


Examine the NA50 Thoroughly

You need a few simple hand tools, including a torch, for a complete inspection of the Honda NA50 moped. Check the condition of the drive chain and sprocket. The teeth of the sprocket should be clean and free from damage. The chains play should be no more than 2 centimetres. The tyres should have good tread all the way around. Whilst sitting on the motorbike, look at the condition of the brake and clutch levers, bar end weights, and straightness of the bars and instrument cluster. Look for scratches and gouges. Examine the body of the bike for mismatched paint and rust. Check the brakes and callipers for wear. Check all fluid levels and tanks for rust or damage. Remember the Honda Scooter may have had several previous owners who may or may not have maintained it properly. It may need new seat covers, handlebar grips, and a good paint job. If a junior rider is going to be driving the moped, be sure he or she sits on it for fit. Be sure a licensed driver takes the moped for a test ride.

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