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7 mythical 50cc motorcycles from the 90s

24 mayo, 2021
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One of the sportiest and most racing bikes ever seen in the 90s, the result of Aprilia’s racing experience and that lasts to this day with the current and spectacular Aprilia RS4 50. It had its sister 125, and also 250, but that they were already big words. A little later Aprilia also took the opportunity to decorate it with its war colors, such as Nastro Azzurro or Chesterfield.

That cycling part was no nonsense, with that beautiful Deltabox chassis in sight and a racing-inspired line, even with a passenger seat that served as an aerodynamic tail.

Honda NSR 50

Honda NSR 50

We continue with another of the most valued myths: the Honda NSR 50. Perhaps it was not as popular as its more direct rivals: the Aprilia RS50 and the Yamaha TZR 50, but it was the model chosen by who bet on reliability. Its fame spread especially outside our borders, it was a true “boom” in Japan, but this one that you have here, with this decoration, has made us excited remembering our young times.

It was also a spacious and comfortable motorcycle, with a generous seat for both occupants, but without hiding its sporty soul. Yes, it was much less radical than their most direct rivals.

Mecatecno Racing CR-7 50

Mecatecno Racing CR-7

Is say the word “Mecatecto” and shed a tear of nostalgia. The Catalan firm Mecatecno not only developed field bikes, but also sporty designed road mopeds, such as this one Mecatecno Racing CR-7, and later it was his sister CR-8. More than 20 years after the closure of the brand, today Mecatecno has come back to life with electric trial motorcycles.

This Racing CR-7 had little to envy the Japanese rivals it had to deal with, aesthetically taking care of every detail, such as the passenger seat camouflaged with the color of the tail, or its spotless white wheels. Here your engine Franco Morini he was the one who imposed his law.

Puch condor

Puch condor

Those who in the 90s had a Puch condor it was inherited, because this model was the fruit of the 80s. Of course, its toughness and durability allowed several generations to pass through it, making it a motorcycle school for countless people.

As they said, it was a “cross type” motorcycle, of marked offroad character although it served and was used for everything. Simplicity was the secret of its success and its performance stood out among its kind. Later it received improvements such as the rear disc brake.

Rieju Drac

Rieju Drac

Rieju reigned supreme in the 50cc market with countless models that captivated the very young. Already then it was a Spanish brand with tradition and survived the debacle of the eighties. At the beginning of the 90s the Rieju Drac, a trail moped that shared the stage with its sister RR 50, slimmer and with an inverted fork.

For many, the Drac was their first field bike, the ideal companion for explore the dirt roads of the village and an ideal base, too, to experiment with some mechanical tricks. It went down in history as one of Rieju’s most successful motorcycles when the national brands lost steam on the Spanish scene.

Suzuki DR Big 50

Syzyju DR Big 50

If you ask someone about a mythical motorcycle from the 90s, the first one that comes to mind is this, the legendary Suzuki DR Big 50. This and her older sisters, of course. The Japanese firm put it on the scene in 1989 and its reception in the market was excellent. It was very successful in the Spanish market during the early 1990s.

Was the precursor of the “duckbill” So present today, a field gear moped that had nothing to envy of larger trail bikes. It was manufactured in the Asturian plant of Suzuki and was maintained until 1999, in its last years it had a water engine.

Yamaha TZR 50

Yamaha TZR 50

Another black leg among the 50 cc sports shoes of the 90’s. Perhaps you remember it better with the passenger seat, and even decorated in blue, but this vsingle-seater “R” ersion It is spectacular, a statement of intent for what it hides inside. And a clear example of what was cooked in Japan, in this and other higher displacements.

A sporty nothing that invited to fiddle inside and that rarely kept its original exhaust pipe. A blank canvas for the handyman, apprentice mechanic and the succulent auxiliary industry of racing components. Another very popular decoration was the red inspired by Carlos Checa’s motorcycle, with the number 7 included.

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