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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Honda’s chunky little 50cc Zoomer is a weird cross between a twist-and-go scooter, a Tonka toy and a stripped-bare army Jeep. It’s easy to ride, nippy and stylish. Honda claim low emissions, it has lots of bungee hooks and there’s lots of storage space, thanks to the skeleton frame and lack of bodywork. They arrived in the UK in 2005, but were first produced in 2003 for the US and Japanese Market. It’s called the Honda Ruckas in America. It’s not a big seller in the UK, most Zoomers are used in race paddocks or strapped to the side of cool surf dudes’ motorhomes.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Zoomer has the distinction of having the smallest fuel injection system Honda makes! It feeds a 4bhp, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, 4V, SOHC, 50cc engine, and has a Honda V-Matic gearbox. It has an electric start with a kick-start back-up.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

For zipping around town, or in race paddocks, the Zoomer handles perfectly well. It’s comfy too, thanks to a big padded seat, low 735mm seat and big floorboards to rest your feet on. With no pillion seat, there’s only room for one.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The Zoomer is basic, but you do get a centre-stand, twin headlights, a parking brake and helmet lock. Compare and buy parts for the Zoomer in the MCN Shop.

Honda Zoomer (2005-2012)

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Engine size 49 cc
Power bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Build quality and durability is right up there, as you’d expect from a Honda.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

As funky as it is, the Zoomer doesn’t do anything a much cheaper moped can’t do, so you’re paying a lot of money for looks and style alone. Find a Honda Zoomer for sale.


Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

Brought into the UK in 2005

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Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power bhp
Max torque 3.3 ft-lb
Weight 84 kg
Seat height 735 mm
Fuel capacity 5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder four-stroke
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes 95mm drum
Rear brake 95mm drum
Front tyre size 120/90 10in
Rear tyre size 130/90 10in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • Good, but with mods


    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I had two Zoomers, one from new and the other an ex-demo. Suffice to say, it's the only vehicle (2 wheels or 4) that I ever bought another of the same model. You can ride on a car licence with no L plates, and they're dead reliable BUT also dead slow! They will max out on the flat at a dangerously low 26mph. Buy the Polini variator kit (only about £35), fit in about 30 mins and get your speed up to a much safer 35-40mph. Handling is good in snow / gravel but the supplied Kenda tyres are deadly in the wet! Also the rear suspension is not adjustable and quite soft, so expect to bottom out regularly unless you're a featherweight. Overall, I'd recommend.

    29 April 2012

  • Great little runner that turns heads


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I wanted a Zoomer as I have an version to Vespas - I wanted something a little different - and the Zoomer is exactly that. Plus I always see Vespas with their seats busted by kids looking to see what's underneath - beauty of the Zoomer is that there's nothing to hide, so there's minimal opportunity for vandalism. Engine is smooth, efficient (100 mpg+), but tops out at 34mph with the restrictor removed (most second hand bikes have had this done, costs c. £150). So it's fine if riding in town / traffic but too slow if travelling real distance. Style is 10/10. Only drawback is suspension and braking - which are fine - but you do feel the bumps and brakes are drums, so you just need to yank them a bit harder. Grip not been a problem and it starts everytime on a frosty morning. Costs me £4.15 to fill up... Great bike. great fun and worth the little premium in price if only to make Vespa riders jealous. Plus they keep their value very well vs other rides.

    15 February 2010


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