1974 Honda MR50 Elsinore



Additional photos of this 1974 Honda MR50 Elsinore are available here for your perusal.

Honda produced the MR50 for just two years — 1974 and 1975 — during which time it was marketed as a gateway bike for future motocross talents. Based on the larger Elsinore competition bikes, it first arrived in Daytona Orange (really a red in color) and subsequently in a silver and red livery.

Powering the little pit bike was a 49cc two-stroke motor and a 3-speed transmission. With a humble 2 hp on-tap, it could cruise to a top speed of 26 mph. However, concerned parents could limit the rider’s speed by placing an allen screw in 1 of 4 stops on the throttle.

Because of their limited production, miniaturized looks, and potential for customization, MR50s quickly acquired an almost cult-like following. Moreover, it’s precisely because of the “Baby Elsinore” and other 50cc minis that we have Junior motocross classes.

This example is VIN: MR501005056. The seller purchased it two years ago from a salvage yard in Bakersfield, California.

True mileage is unknown. The seller states that the bike has not been ridden since the rebuild.

The seller performed a complete nut and bolt registration in which he:
– Disassembled the engine, cases, cylinder, and head for vapor-blasting
– Repainted the covers in Honda silver cloud
– Installed a set of new bearings and seals
– Bored the top end with new pistons and rings
– Reassembled the engine with marine-grade stainless steel fasteners
– Rebuilt the carburetors (disassembled, vapor blasted, new gaskets and seals)
– Rebuilt and painted the front end with new seals and dust covers
– Vapor-blasted the wheel hubs and installed a new OEM front rim
– Re-laced the wheels and installed new bearings and seals
– Replaced the chain and hardware
– New seat foam and cover in OEM pattern
– Replaced the fenders, side cover, and heat shield
– Media-blasted and repainted the frame
– Media-blasted, cleaned, and repainted the exhaust
– Stripped and repainted the tank with new graphics and clear coat

His efforts even won him an award at this year’s Central Coast Classic Motorcycle show.

This MR50 Elsinore is completely stock.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC Motocross GS-45F tires with date codes of 1621 and 2021.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any MR50 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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