HONDA'S MISSING LINK: THE EXPRESS SR SCOOTER-PED
June 28, 2012 Filed under: Honda | 80's
EVOLUTION OF SCOOT: MOPEDS GROW PANELS
A recent bit of discussion in the MSG forums over the definition of a scooter led to the study of Honda’s unique Express SR. Is it a scooter? Oddball moped? Neither?
While it’s not hard to come up with a scooter definition that most could agree with, it’s also easy to see not every vehicle fits nicely into one category. Honda’s 1981-1982 Express SR (NX50) is a nice example of this.
While this bike’s ancestry lies in Honda’s Express line of mopeds (Express, Express II, Express Deluxe), moped purists would see the Express SR as an outsider. Lacking pedals and a chain, this odd ride slots in better as a scooter. While utilizing moped style handlebars and lacking the full rear wheel body panel coverage and full sized legshield found in most modern scoots, the basics are all here: step thru frame, swing arm engine & floorboard.
Accordingly, the Express SR has now been added to the scooter guide on this website and its 1981 existence could be considered the first foray of modern scooters into North America. This missing link introduced technology like auto choke, CVT transmission, oil injection and 12 volt electronics into the North American scooter scene. For a complete look at this unique scooter-ped check out the new Express SR page.
Also worth a look is the freshly scanned in 1981 Honda Express SR brochure. Right click to download. Please speak up in the comments section about the Express SR and/or what you consider to be a scooter.