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Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

Moto Adonis builds a meaner Monkey… 

Because the story goes, the unique Honda Monkey was created for a Honda-owned amusement park in Hino, Japan — a Tokyo suburb:

“It was known as Tama Tech Park, and primarily featured motorized vehicle sights for the general public to come back journey, contact, and expertise in particular person. A kind of sights concerned a 49cc Tremendous Cub engine stuffed into a totally new, tiny little bike.” –RideApart

Authentic 1961 Honda Z100

Often called the “Z100,” the 49cc machine with its 5-inch wheels wasn’t meant for mass manufacturing, solely to be ridden across the park. However Honda quickly famous it was the park’s hottest attraction — and simply as standard with adults as kids.

Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

Soichiro and his staff determined to supply a street-legal model of the little Z bike. Thus the Honda Monkey bike had been born, destined to turn into some of the iconic and beloved two-wheeled machines in historical past.

Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

Quick ahead greater than 60 years, and the crew at Rusty Stitches had been in want of a customized monkey that will befit their mascot — an enormous bushy ape:

“Wanting contemporary and cozy whereas having some cash left in your pocket to purchase a beer, that’s how we roll. However we aren’t any common bike style model – not that common monkey…making an attempt new issues and doing one thing barely completely different from the remaining…”

Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

Founder Joshua Nap sought out Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink of Moto Adonis to construct the Rusty Stitches Z50 Monkey:

“It was clear from the start which course they needed to go together with this little bike. It needed to look lots meaner than the unique Monkey, they usually knew precisely how they had been going to try this.” –BikeBrewers

Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

The Z50 donor was stripped all the way down to the naked body for a ground-up construct. The unique wheels had been swapped for a pair of bigger 12-inchers with knobby Maxxis NSR tires.

Honda Z50 Monkey Custom

So as to accommodate the outsized rubber, the bike is working wider fork yokes and a widened, prolonged aluminum swingarm with longer journey suspension and twin-piston disc brakes at each ends.

Honda Z50 Custom

The engine was dry ice blasted and resprayed, with the displacement unchanged to keep away from going via a noisome spherical of testing and re-registration with the authorities. The unique 6-volt electrics had been upgraded with a 12-volt conversion, permitting the bike to run a strong LED headlight with customized brackets, and the customized rear subframe is house to a café-style rear cowl and saddle from probably the greatest within the enterprise, Miller Kustom Upholstery, full with white stitching to match the black-and-white theme of the bike.

Honda Z50 Custom

The unique Honda tank was hand-striped by Frank Bouwmeester of Huid & Staal — a grasp of the artwork — whereas the exhaust is a scratch-built system courtesy of MAD Exhausts.

“We now have heard this Monkey in actual life, and it sounds extra like a Gorilla than a Monkey!” –BikeBrewers

To prime all of it off, the unique wheels had been repurposed to be used on a customized trailer constructed to resemble an enormous banana field! All in all, that is one neat minibike, excellent for the Rusty Stitches crew to take to bike exhibits, occasions, and even the grocery retailer!

Honda Z50 Custom

Presenting the Construct

Observe the Builder

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Instagram: @moto_adonis
Exhaust: MAD Exhausts | @mad_exhausts
Upholstery: Miller Kustom Upholstery | @millerseats
Pinstriping: Huid & Staal | @huidenstaal
Homeowners: Rusty Stitches | @rustystitches

Pictures: Rob Willemsen Images (@rob_willemsen_photography)