'83 Honda Beat

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'83 Honda Beat

Post by Dan Durston » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:48 am

Here's another neat Honda scooter that we never got, the 1983 Honda Beat. The Beat is a super neat 'sport scooter' that was a 50cc that put out an amazing 7.2hp. This would be an amazing scooter to have because it looks awesome and it's got the power to back it up. At 7.2hp, it has more power than the NH80 (6.5hp). This is the first Honda scooter I've ever seen that came stock with an expansion chamber exhaust.

Another neat thing about the Beat is that it used a liquid cooled 2-stroke engine. This was the world's first liquid cooled 2-stroke 50cc engine. The beat was also a 'hemi' (hemispherical combustion chamber). This scooter also had the worlds first dual halogen headlights. It had oil damped suspension....this is really trick stuff for a 50cc. Too bad we didn't get it here. I believe it was sold briefly in Europe.....man I'd love to import one of these.

Honda put out a crapload of scooters in the early 80's in Japan. I'm browsing their history site now and it's crazy.
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Re: Honda Beat

Post by donny » Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:13 am

shit! they just keep getting better,the scooters you are finding! this has power and style. the star wars look.
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by Dan Durston » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:11 am

Thanks to the Scooter Scoop (http://thescooterscoop.blogspot.com/), I've come across a few more pictures of the Beat.

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That's so sick that it has a tach! It appears to rev to 9500 RPM. It also has a super cool 'speed warning' light. I wish the Ruckus had so much power it needed one of those :D The temp gauge and fuel gauge are nice touches too. What a great scoot!
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by donny » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:19 am

looks so big for a 50cc scooter? do you know top speed?
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by Dan Durston » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:38 pm

With 7.2hp, I'd say it's got the power to do an easy 50mph / 80km/hr but I doubt they let it be that fast. I bet they have a red line built in no higher than 60km/hr based on that the speedo only reads that high. If it went faster than 60km/hr you'd think they'd spec a speedo that reads higher.

Because the speedo turns red at 30km/hr, I bet this Beat was restricted to 30km/hr and then you could derestrict it to go atleast 60km/hr...Or maybe faster hence the 'speed warning' light. This Beat may be from Europe where a lot of countries have 20mph / 30km/hr restrictions on 50's.
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by donny » Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:33 pm

yeah i forget people go that slow in some countries :o
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by Dan Durston » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:19 pm

Here's a neat ad for the Beat. It looks good in black:

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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by matt » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:06 pm

WOW!

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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by THE_SHRUB » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:04 pm

fancy, kinda reminds me of that 4x4 that lamborghini made. it even looks like the same paint job!

thats a cool as a cucumber scooter!!
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by shabbabear » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:37 pm

anyone no where one of the Honda "beats" may be for sale ???
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by matt » Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:15 am

No idea.

it's trickier as they later named one of their cars the "Honda Beat"!

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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by koki » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:43 am

Hey guys im new to the site i bought one of these beasts 3 days ago as my first vehicle they are the coolest little things i have ridden

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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by Bear 45/70 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:35 pm

All 2 strokes that use loop charging technology, that is with boost ports have a hemi head. So that is nothing because as far as I know all the modern Honda scooters are so equipped. At least all my scooters are.
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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by Fester » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:27 pm

Old thread, but it's new to me. :)


Koki! Welcome to the site. Any pics of your Beat?



Honda also made a Beat from 1991-1996. And same concept, but applied to a car. Basic transportation with a sporting edge.

http://www.autoacid.com/html/y2009/199_honda-beat.html

Very cool - both the scooter and the car.

I'll take a matched set in red please! :)

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Re: '83 Honda Beat

Post by koki » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:11 pm

will do asap once i find my camera to pc cable

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