1981 Honda NC50 Express

SOLD FOR: $1,750

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on February 10, 2023

Winner: j*********r

Winning Bid: $1,500
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $1,750

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Additional photos of this 1981 Honda Express are available here for your perusal.

Honda first introduced the Express (NC50) in 1977 as a smaller, beginner-friendly option for those who were intimidated by larger, more powerful motorcycles. Built with a single-cylinder 49cc two-stroke engine, it employed a two-speed automatic transmission and an oil pump (thus eliminating the need for premix) to make ownership simple and maintenance fuss-free.

Up until 1980, the Express featured a manual choke, points ignition, and an innovative spring start system. To make the “noped” even more approachable, Honda updated the model in 1981 with an automatic choke, CDI, and a conventional kick start.

Though the little Honda topped out at just 30mph, it was good for an impressive 85-100mpg. After the oil crisis of the 1970s, this proved an attractive value proposition given the ludicrous gas prices.

This example is VIN: JH2AB0808BS421403. The seller has owned the bike for one year.

During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately five miles. The odometer shows 3,228 miles.

The seller reports that the bike has received “fresh fluids.”

This Honda Express is completely stock.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
“A few paint chips where the paint has rubbed away. A couple abrasions from over the years. Very little rust, but there’s a little.”

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Yokohama World Tour 956 tires.

The sale includes one key.

Currently located in East Ridge, Tennessee, this Honda is offered on a clean Alabama title. Have any Express stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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East Ridge, Tennessee













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Private Party/Dealership

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Total Bids Placed: 9

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: j*********r

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
j*********r February 4, 2023 3:49 am PST $1,500 Reserve
j*********r February 4, 2023 3:49 am PST $1,250 Auto
j*********r February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $850 Auto
b******2 February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $750
j*********r February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $600 Auto
b******2 February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $500
j*********r February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $350 Auto
b******2 February 4, 2023 2:58 am PST $250
j*********r February 3, 2023 5:40 pm PST $1
Auction started February 3, 2023 4:49 pm PST
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