HONDA SPREE (NQ50) - OWNER REVIEWS



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1985 HONDA SPREE - RED
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Easy Handling, Mileage, Attractive
Dislikes: Not enough room to carry items.

Review: “I have 3 of these scooters - All red, all 1985. They are very economical, like riding a motorcycle, but easier to handle. Attracts many people. Only problem is finding someone to work on it when it needs tuning up.”


1985 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Everything!!!
Dislikes: Nothing!!!

Review: I've owned my Spree for just a little less than a year now. It has been so much fun and I love everything about it! Amazing fuel mileage and super reliable! Very easy to store and move around! I would recommend a Honda Moped to anyone!

I weigh around 145 lbs and it hauls me around with no problem! This has also been one of the best investments i've made now that gas prices are on the rise. My Moped takes care of me and I take care of it. I love Hondas and they've always made a top of the line quality product from scooters, motorcycles, cars, etc!”



1985 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Fun, easy to handle, peppy
Dislikes: Top speed, storage

Review: After 31 years, this little scoot is still running. Nothing beats Japanese reliability. This is a fun little scooter for 30 mph and under zones, but unless you have extensive mods done to the scooter, you can't go any faster. Overall, great scooter!”


1985 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: A blast to get up and go
Dislikes: None

Review: The Honda Spree is so much fun to ride. Small little thing that is lite and sporty. This is not you're main mode of transport. It is for putting a smile on your face. Love it. If you are even thinking about getting one do it. You will have fun on this Historic scooter. Peace all.”


1985 RED HONDA SPREE, 1986 BLACK HONDA SPREE
Milage: 5500 (red) and 7400 (black)
Likes: Very dependable (black one started up after 4 years of sitting), Honda’s run forever
Dislikes: Storage

Review: Both run strong black one tops out at 35mph flat took restrictor out of exhaust. Red one tops out 30mph still has restrictor.”


1986 HONDA SPREE (RED)
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Fun to ride around town, back roads (paved)
Dislikes: I really like it. It does what Honda said it would do.

Review: I bought this for exercise after a heart attack. I wanted something light that I could handle without problems. It has been great. My muscles get a no stress workout from balancing.

I recommend adding a windshield and replacing the slick front tire. It is an ON ROAD only scooter. Buy premium gas. In 1986 92 octane was below regular. You will enjoy the added performance and power. I add 235 lbs to it and it doesn't complain. I go shopping and hang the cloth grocery bag on the windshield knobs. Fill the trunk and I am good to go at about 90 MPG.

I have talked to many around town and have noticed lots of Honda Scooters showing up (only 1700 population). I love filling up for about $2!! Don't buy Chinese, the upkeep is exhausting. This is my 3rd Honda (CB200 and CB650) but for the short riding season here (Oregon) I thought the scooter would do. Have rain suit to keep in trunk. Enjoy your Scooter.”



1986 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Cool 80s style, Reliable, Good MPG
Dislikes: Slow, Lack of storage

Review: I picked up my Spree more than two years ago for pretty cheap with the intent of just using it as a "toy". However, I ended up using it to get to and from work and to do most of my small errands in town almost every day from May through late October that first year I had it.

It's so tiny and fun to ride, basically it's a street legal mini-bike. I've put close to 2000 miles on it and the only thing I've had to fix was a broken brake cable. There is a small rack on the back to which I stuck on a plastic milk crate to give it some storage, just enough room for few days worth of groceries.

I live in the heart of my town so getting around on roads at 30 mph isn't a problem, but if you live in a suburb or anywhere where the speed limit is 35 mph or faster (or anywhere with lots of hills), then don't even bother with a Spree. In stock form it is gutless off the start, so pulling out in front of traffic is always an adventure. Somewhere around 15 to 25 mph seems to be the sweet spot for this scoot.

All in all, my experience with the Spree has been a positive one. If you aren't too heavy (180 lbs is the max weight limit listed on this scoot), live in a flat medium sized town, and are looking for a fun cheap scooter to get around in, then get one now.”



1986 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Fun little scooter that got me where I needed to go in the city.
Dislikes: None

Review: I really loved this scooter. It brings many fond memories. I wish they still had them, I would definitely purchase a newer model. It handled very well and it was lightweight.”


1986 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Retro look, easy to get on and go, MPG, toy like smallness, Lightweight
Dislikes: Steep hills

Review: I picked mine up for $40.00 at a yard sale put a battery in,sprayed carb cleaner in jets started right up. Fell in love, then DMV said it would cost $600.00 to bring it up to date (CA) still deciding what to do, there's a nicer red one for sale a couple of blocks away for $500.00 dollars”


1986 HONDA NQ50 SPREES (2)
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Now 25 years old and they have only needed tyres and cables. Honda reliability.
Dislikes: A little hard to work on so I take it to a friend when needed.

Review: I can probably get this scooter faster through our tourist town in summer than anyone else. Sit well back to keep your weight near that of the engine for directional stability, keep the tyres hard and replace them when cracked. You can trail-brake these scooters through corners! Keeping up momentum is key for rapid progress.

Excellent, lightweight little bikes.”



1986 HONDA NQ50L
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes: No complaints

Review: I picked up my Spree at a farm implement auction for a mere $75. Had no title with it, was all beat up and worn, didn't run, but that didn't bother me because I only bought it to teach my kids how to ride a scooter. Soon after, my son just fell in love with it so we decided to restore it for him. Tracked down the original owner and had a replacement title made for it. Then headed over to hondaspree.net to find out more information on what it is I had. Discovered it was one of those restricted Iowa Edition Sprees. After researching what I could do to make it better, I installed a 48mm Big Bore kit, 15/81 gears, Polini carb, ported SB50 intake and reeds, & MLM people's pipe. Had extensive work done to restore the plastics, and hunted down accessories like hand guards, mp3 player mirrors, windshield, glove box, floor mat and a trunk. Here’s it now.

The scooter is now beautiful, and has achieved a top speed of an astounding 47mph on the dyno!! No real world street numbers as I refuse to push the engine. I want this vintage scoot looking and running awesome for many years to come. But I can say with the engine overhaul and upgrades, you'll easily hit 35 with a big smile on your face. Would absolutely recommend to someone to find a Spree, cherish it, restore it, and make it your own.



1986 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes: None

Review: Amazing and lasts forever. Has 25,000 miles and still runs great.”


1986 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Everything!
Dislikes: Nothing!

Review: I purchased my Spree from a Scooter shop in Northern California where it had been used at SFO airport most of it's life. Unbelievably after 24,932 miles my Spree is still running strong! It surely doesn't look as good as it once did, but I still love it and it's a blast to ride! There so lightweight and easy to work on. If you take good care of your spree and always have oil in the tank, they really will last forever! I love it and have no complaints!”


1987 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Simple, compact, zippy, common parts
Dislikes: Storage..... thats it

Review: Hey this is one great little machine. It is a non variated (fixed gear ratio) direct drive 50cc bike….it is not a high speed racer. Great powerband between 15 and 25mph. Gotta love that 2-stroke feel. This is one very simple, easy to work on machine. These scoots are over 20 years old. Learning how to clean out the carburetor is must have knowledge. You need to remove and clean the brass tube seated above the main jet. Do not attempt if you have trouble assembling ikea furniture. Find a shop or handy friend. Rust and crud gets trapped in there.

If you’re looking for a tiny little cheapy cruiser. This is a great basic 50cc scooter. There are other 1980's scooters that are faster and have better storage.... Simplicity, availability and retro design make the Spree so desirable.”



1987 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Small and Fun
Dislikes: Slow

Review: All of these reviews are very accurate. The Honda Spree is slow off the start due to the lack of torque, but once you hit 15 mph, it really picks up. It tops out at about 30 mph, unless you're going downhill with a tail wind, then you can MAYBE hit 35.

It's great for getting around downtown of a city. I'm very happy with it. Compared to my motorcycle and bicycle, the Spree feels more like a toy. It's so light that I can easily pick it up. It's older than I am, yet still running very strong.

Some of the reviews are complaining about a lack of storage, but I really don't see the problem. I zip tied an egg crate to the back and can easily carry a week's worth of groceries. The 1987 also has two pockets in the front that allow me to carry a water bottle / a beer, and / or a fast food order. If I want to carry more, I can mount a basket to the front. And if I want even more storage, I can just wear a backpack. Obviously this thing is for quick trips and not week long excursions.

If you're thinking about getting one, I would recommend it. They are cheaper than most mopeds on the market, they are very reliable, and they are definitely an eye turner. They hold their value! Honestly, mine has been nothing but fun and every time I ride it, I can't stop smiling.”



1987 HONDA SPREE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: It wheelies and does burnouts, I like that I can go on long rides with no issues
Dislikes: I have to remove all plastics to work on anything

Review: I’ve had it for a week and the carb must have some dirt in it because it leaks gas out of the over flow but somehow it still runs ..leaks a lot so I haven't rode it much, but she's a fun peppy machine. Mine has no problem on takeoff and starts flying at 10 to 26 mph. It tops out at around 33mph. I’m going to take the restrictor out of the muffler after I fix the carb.

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