It's that time again: A massive revival of motorcycling (including the love of classics) is reported. And now De Jeugd would also hook up. We don't see it going that fast, also because we've heard the story so many times.
Small is practical (and fun)
But now that the driving speed on the right-hand lanes of motorways is below 100 km / h, there is a flare-up within the sector of well-organized cult bikes. That could be modern retro's. These can be classics for people with a somewhat broader mindset. Think between 50 hp and 50 cc.
There is quite a bit of commotion in that lightest corner
And especially in the corner of Zündapps and Hondaatjes there are many free spirits. Zundapp drivers are often a bit older, nostalgic, but exuberantly flex. They make ample use of their brand's in-house construction set principles and add the bravest color schemes to it. In Hondaland there are quite a few young people who happily accept or have gone to the blessings from China: These are the kidz who put bami blocks under their Honda mopeds or motorcycles, or who offer their Hondaatje with heart enlargement very honestly to the RDW. to let such a brave little four-stroke live on as a motorcycle.
Lots of manufacturers
There are quite a few manufacturers in China who make 'Honda' blocks between 50-160 cc. These can be the really classic pushrod blocks or the later OHC models. Quite a few blocks up to 120 cc are based on the old 50 cc lower cranks with corresponding crankshaft dimensions. That can get exciting.
Also supplies to BMW ...
At brands such as Ux, Dirtmax, Lifan, Loncin, Zongshen, Shineray, Daytona, Lifan and Loncin, there are now companies that also produce for A brands such as BMW, Vespa and Piaggio. So qualitatively little need to speak against Chinese. Many of the Chinese blocks are good, but a bit more roughly finished than the originals from Honda. They shift a bit stiffer, turn a few revs less… Quite a few ugly, chrome covers are also used. China currently has about 200 motorcycle brands. Many of them buy their engine blocks with their own name on it from one of the large engine block makers. The parts are identical, often with the original Honda parts. There are also quite a few imitation Yamaha blocks for sale.
Everything fits or can be made to fit
There are a lot of 'Frankenstein' constructions possible, but you have to take into account that all that energy ends up at a bottom end that was originally calculated at 50cc. But yes: If it breaks? Then you just buy a new block.
It is much cheaper and more reliable than just buying a 150cc Lifan or YX. They also have more usable baking ratios. The Daytona-style models also have an external oil filter and better clutch. The disadvantage is that you still have a huge piston / cylinder combination with a relatively long stroke. But with a somewhat freely breathing pipe, blocks sound very nice.
And with a Bami block that you can buy from about € 200 (but a bit more expensive is usually better), you can let your classic Hondaatje do what it was made for again: Taking care of the daily transport for little money. That is great for nostalgics who want to cherish their original block and for M / F students. And for freelance journalists, of course.