No Reserve – 1982 Honda Urban Express Project

SOLD FOR: $451

Reserve price has been met.

This auction ended on September 8, 2022

Winner: SunsetCycles

Winning Bid: $201
Buyer Fee: $250
Total: $451


Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Honda first introduced the Express (NC50) in 1977 as a smaller, more fuel-efficient 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 to make ownership simple and fuss-free. In the following years, Honda launched the Express II (NA50) and the Express SR (NX50), each one with improvements like a larger frame and a more comfortable seat.

In the final year of the scooter’s production, Honda released the Urban Express (NU50). Similar to its predecessor, it utilized a belt-driven variated engine in conjunction with oil injection, CDI ignition, and an alternator. In the case of the NU50M (like the one being offered here), the featured an electric start in addition to its kickstart mechanism.

Interestingly, Honda actually produced two models for the North American market. Because of Iowa’s scooter regulations, a second, restricted version — the NU50I — was sold with a maximum top speed of 25mph.

This example is VIN: JH2AB1305CS017988. The seller acquired it three years ago from a pawn shop in Los Angeles.

During his ownership, the seller has covered roughly 50 miles. The odometer shows 6,476 miles.

The seller has not performed any maintenance. He notes that it needs a carb clean, new hoses, and a battery.

The seller states that the bike 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 aged-out Inoue tires.

The sale includes one key, new tubes, air box, and rear fender.

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. There is a California plate with tags last registered in 1989 but the seller does not have any paperwork.

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Additional Information


Santa Monica, California






Urban Express






Bill of Sale Only

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges


Total Bids Placed: 4

Auction has ended.

Highest bidder was: SunsetCycles

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
SunsetCycles September 8, 2022 9:24 am $201
Coleh44 September 7, 2022 12:57 pm $101
Tcb42 September 7, 2022 12:57 pm $100 Auto
Tcb42 September 2, 2022 11:29 am $1 Reserve
Auction started September 1, 2022 9:17 am
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