Honda 67 Zin 100% - Honda SS50
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The Honda SS50 is a 50 cc moped that was manufactured by Honda.
Predecessors were the OHV C110/C11/C114 and OHC S50. Produced from 1961 onwards, the Honda 50 Sport (type C110 and C111) variant of the Super Cub, laid out the basics of all future models: It had a pressed steel frame, hydraulic front/rear forks, a 49 cc OHV four-stroke engine. The cylinder was laid horizontally to optimise cooling. The final drive was chain running in an enclosed chain case. The S50 featured an all-new OHC alloy head engine.
The SS50 replaced these in the late 1960s, using a new T-shaped frame with separate rear mudguard, and telescopic front forks to replace the leading links.
The SS50 replaced the OHV C110 and derivatives, with the SS standing for "Super Sports". Basically with the same form as the S50, it had a few upgrades:
The first SS50s in the late 1960s were delivered with chrome panelled tank, and frame painted in the same colour as the tank's paintwork. Later on they got a longer, thinner 7 litres (1.5 imp gal; 1.8 US gal) petrol tank in red, blue or yellow and a rat grey frame, and chromed mudguards. Introduced with a four-speed gearbox, the handlebar controls and switches corresponded to the high level of other Honda motorcycle models, made from cast aluminum, and a standard rear-view mirror. All three of these bikes came complete with a chromed high level exhaust and heat shield.
The later five speed SS50 had an extra gear and the engine was also tuned up making it faster and more competitive in the UK market. The frames of the later 5 speed models were black differing to the rat grey of the four speed. The last 5-speed versions had a front disc brake instead of the twin drums used earlier..