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1979 Honda Express II

The Honda NA50'79 Express II

was sold in 1979 and came in three colors: Parakeet Yellow, Shiny Orange, and Angel Blue. It had twin chrome frame downtubes. It also had a wind-up spring starting system, points ignition, and manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder with oil injection and a one-speed automatic transmission. The serial number began AB01-5000001.
1980 Honda Express II

The Honda NA50'80 Express II

was sold in 1980 and came in two colors: Parakeet Yellow, and Angel Blue (Shiny Orange was dropped this year). The twin chrome frame downtubes were replaced by a single chrome downtube. It also had a wind-up spring starting system, points ignition, and manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder with oil injection and a one-speed automatic transmission. The serial number began AB01-5100007.
1981 Honda Express II

The Honda NA50'81 Express II

was sold in 1981 and came in two colors: Angel Blue and Monza Red (this time the Parakeet Yellow was dropped). The points ignition was replaced with a CD ignition. The manual choke was replaced with an automatic choke. The wind-up spring starting system was replaced with a direct kick starting system. The engine was still a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder with oil injection; but now the automatic transmission increased to a 2-speed. The serial number began JH2AB0110BS200008.
1977 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'77 Express

was sold in 1977 and came in three colors: Parakeet Yellow, Pal Green, and Mars Orange. It had a solid black solo seat. The starting system used a wind-up spring. The ignition was controlled by breaker points. It also had a manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission had only one speed. The serial number began NC50-1139281.
1978 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'78 Express

was sold in 1978. The same three colors were available this year: Parakeet Yellow, Pal Green, and Mars Orange. It had a two-tone black and white solo seat. The downtube featured a logo change with the name "EXPRESS". The starting system used a wind-up spring. The ignition was controlled by breaker points. It also had a manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission had only one speed. The serial number began NC50-2000013.
1979 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'79

Express was sold in 1979. Three colors were available this year: Parakeet Yellow, Pal Green, and Shiny Orange (which replaced the Mars Orange). It had a two-tone black and white solo seat. The downtube featured a logo change again with the name "EXPRESS". The starting system used a wind-up spring. The ignition was controlled by breaker points. It also had a manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission had only one speed. The serial number began NC50-2100001.
1980 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'80 Express

was sold in 1980. This year the Shiny Orange color was dropped leaving two colors available: Parakeet Yellow and Pal Green. It had a two-tone black and white solo seat. The downtube featured a logo change again with the name "EXPRESS". New this year were turn signals. The starting system used a wind-up spring. The ignition was controlled by breaker points. It also had a manual choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission had only one speed. The serial number began NC50-2200005.
1981 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'81 Express

was sold in 1981. This year the Parakeet Yellow was replaced by Monza Red; but only Angel Blue remained as the other color option. It still had a two-tone black and white solo seat. The downtube featured another logo change with the name "EXPRESS". It still had turn signals. The starting system replaced the wind-up spring for a direct kick starter. The breaker points ignition was replaced by a CD ignition. The manual choke was replaced by an automatic choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission had only one speed. The serial number began JH2AB0807BS400008.
1982 Honda Express

The Honda NC50'82 (NC50I'82 in Iowa) Express

was sold in 1982. This year the colors were metallic: Sober Blue Metallic and Special Silver Metallic. The seat was a two-tone black and white solo seat, but it was much larger. The front rack above the headlight was standard equipment. The downtube featured another logo change with the name "EXPRESS". It still had turn signals, direct kick starter, CD ignition, and automatic choke. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke single cylinder. The engine was lubricated by oil injection. The transmission now had two speeds. The Iowa serial number began JH2AB1018CS000017 while the rest of the United States models began JH2AB1006CS000007.
1983 Honda Express

1983 Honda Express

The Honda Express, designated NC50'83 (NC50I'83 in Iowa)

was sold in 1983 and came in two colors: Indigo Blue Metallic and Special Silver Metallic. A red "HONDA" logo was added to the side covers. The down-tube had an "EXPRESS" logo and stripes.
Engine: Economical, 49cc, two-stroke with automatic oil injection system
Transmission: Two-speed automatic
Starter: Easy-to-use kick starter
Brakes: Front and rear brakes
Electrical: Turn signals
Wheelbase: 1057mm (41.6 in.)
Seat height: 739mm (29.1 in.)
Fuel capacity: 4.5 liter (1.2 gal.)
Dry weight: 50 kg (110.3 lb)
The Iowa serial number began JH2AB101XDS101142 while the rest of the United States models began JH2AB100XDS100001.
1981 Honda Express SR

The Honda NX50M'81 Express SR

was more like a cub or a scooter. It came in two colors Angel Blue (with white fenders and front cowling) and Monza Red (with white fenders and front cowling). It had both electric and kick starter as well as a 12 volt system. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke reed valve single cylinder. It had an automatic transmission and belt drive. The serial number began JH2AB0402BS000007.
1982 Honda Express SR

The Honda NX50M'82 Express SR

was more like a cub or a scooter. It came in two colors Angel Blue (with white fenders and front cowling) and Monza Red (with white fenders and front cowling). It had both electric and kick starter as well as a 12 volt system. The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke reed valve single cylinder. It had an automatic transmission and belt drive. The serial number began JH2AB0408CS100002. The '82 model can be distinguished from the '81 by long stripe behind the "EXPRESS SR" logo under the seat.