This Friday’s Good, Bad and Ugly looks at mini bikes.
For over 25 years Scott's bought, sold and broken up motorcycles for parts. From doing deals in person under the streetlights of London to surfing the web and buying bikes on his phone; he's purchased bargains, howlers and a few he'd rather forget.
“This week here at Bike Social we’ve enjoyed the delights of the new BMW G310GS. Continuing on with the ‘does size matter’ theme, here’s the Good, Bad and Ugly of three fun-sized motorcycles that are on sale right now.”
The Good: Honda MSX125 2016 | £2495
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/i/202060469213
Good things come in small packages and the Honda MSX125 is mechanical proof of this old saying. Honda know a thing or two about creating little bikes with large appeal; their Monkey Bike dna lives on with this half-pint-sized motorcycle.
Originally launched in 2014 the MSX125 was an immediate hit. It’s a classless machine, everyone from spotty teens on L plates to seasoned motorcyclists are drawn to the charms of the MSX125.
Not too many remain standard, there’s no shortage of bolt on parts available, these range from performance parts right through to bespoke swinging arms and sporty suspension. If you’re looking for a MSX125 there’s plenty to choose from on the used bike market.
This 2016 model is sporting a non standard paint job, with only 877 miles on its tiny bore my guess is this was resprayed from new. Those HRC inspired stripes really suit the funky monkey. Prices for MSX125s remain strong, cheap bikes often carry a lower asking price for a reason.
At £2,495 this isn’t the cheapest around, but it comes with the piece of mind that buying from a dealer gives you.
Anorak Fact: The MSX125 is also know by the nickname Grom, this stems from surfing slang in the USA.
The Bad: Suzuki RB50 GSX-R50 1986 | £3295
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/i/192222956853
The 1980s saw the birth of a new craze for tiny motorcycles. It was initially big in Japan, but eventually rolled its way out further afield. Thirty years later these mini motorcycles now fetch large money. Unlike the Yamaha YSR range, and the Honda NSR50/80 models Suzuki opted for a four stroke engine to propel their Gag bike. The proper model designation is the Suzuki RB50, although many call it the GSX-R50.
Looks wise it’s up there with the Yamaha and Honda mini race reps, but pull back the throttle and you’ll be smelling the spent two stroke mix from the competition.
This example is a real gem, in 31 years it’s amassed a less than a 1,000 miles, it’s the finest RB50 on the market. The asking price is £3,295, it’s about the only thing about this bike that’s big.
Anorak Fact: Suzuki came up with some crazy paint jobs, these included one based on a fighter jet, and another finished in pink.
The Ugly: Kawasaki KSR80 1998 | £2,695
eBay link: www.ebay.co.uk/i/202042935046
The Kawasaki KSR80 is probably a machine that you’ve never seen, let alone heard about. It’s a shame really because on paper it looks tempting.
For starters the engine is an 80cc water-cooled unit, so it’s going to have some poke to play with. The chassis also points to it being more than a bit useful. There’s 12 inch wheels at each end and both come equipped with disc brakes, pretty useful for a little bike that’ll whizz to 70mph with no bother. Like the original Gag bikes the KSR80 was designed for motorcycle markets that didn’t include us in the UK, but over the years grey importers have been shipping them back for us to enjoy.
This KSR80 is only showing 1,900 miles from new, which goes some way to explain the £2,695 price tag.
Anorak Fact: Kawasaki revisited the KSR formula and built the KSR110, unlike the 80cc version the 110cc bike uses a four stroke engine.
If you have a bike for sale and feel it fits one of these three categories then feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll make sure Scottie takes a look.