Christmas Special

The 1986 Honda Z50R “Christmas Special” is one of the most desirable of the famous Honda Monkey bikes ever made.
It was produced in very limited numbers, just two were sent to each dealer, and only high-performing dealers qualified to receive them.

The Christmas Special can be identified instantly thanks to the ample use of chrome – the frame, fuel tank, fenders, exhaust heat cover, fork tubes, and handlebars are all chromed. The model also has a red seat and red handlebar grips, with an eye-catching tri-color Honda wing logo on the fuel tank.

The original MSRP of the Christmas Special was high enough that at least some Honda dealers had trouble selling them, as it was too much money to spend on a kids motorcycle at the time.

Skipping forward to the modern day the plucky little Honda Z50R Christmas Special is one of the most desirable Monkey bikes in the world and surviving examples are highly sought after by collectors.

Interestingly the entire concept of the Monkey bike started out largely by accident. Honda engineers designed a very simple minibike for use by children at a Japanese theme park. The wild popularity of these motorcycles took Honda by surprise and so they developed a consumer version which would be released in the 1960s.

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issued: Thursday, December 23, 2021
updated: Thursday, December 23, 2021

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