z50r vs. xr50

Discussion in 'Pit Bikes & Mini's' started by pro2k, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. pro2k

    pro2k Rookie DRN Member

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    What's the difference between these two bikes? (specifically a 1997 z50) Aren't the engines exactly the same? How come most engine overbore kits say 2000-2003? Do they make kits for the z50?


  2. CaptainObvious

    CaptainObvious Formally known as RV6Junkie Damn Yankees

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    Major differences include spoked rims and modern plastics on the XR to mimic the larger XR bikes. There may be a difference in the frame or suspension, not sure. Otherwise very similar. That engine hasn't changed much in nearly 40 years.
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    pro2k Rookie DRN Member

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    that's what I thought. Why do engine kits say 2000-2003? Will this kit work on a 1997?
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    JuliusPleaser Too much of a good thing.

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    Check with Lyle at Classic Honda. Those guys do nothing but Honda minis, and they know their stuff. I'm pretty sure that the '93 & up Z50 has the same engine as the XR50. The biggest difference between my 71 Honda Mini and my 03 XR50 is the roller cam head on the XR. The 93 and later Z50's have the roller cam also.

    Click me -> Classic Honda



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