HONDA ZOOMER 50 (2005-2012) Review

Published: 05 January 2010

"A weird cross between a twist-and-go scooter, a Tonka toy and a stripped-bare army Jeep"

Honda Zoomer

"A weird cross between a twist-and-go scooter, a Tonka toy and a stripped-bare army Jeep"

  • At a glance
  • 49cc  -  4 bhp
  • 71 mpg  -  84 miles range
  • Medium seat height (735mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HONDA ZOOMER 50 (2005-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good, but with mods

29 April 2012 by msmyth115

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great little runner that turns heads

15 February 2010 by NPWB

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2012
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 2 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 4 bhp
Max torque 3.3 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 71 mpg
Tank range 84 miles
Specification
Engine size 49cc
Engine type Single-cylinder four-stroke
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 5 litres
Seat height 735mm
Bike weight 84kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake 95mm drum
Rear brake 95mm drum
Front tyre size 120/90 10in
Rear tyre size 130/90 10in

History & Versions

Model history

Brought into the UK in 2005

Other versions

None

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