Honda Dio 50
Honda Dio 50 – So what 50cc scoot to get? When looking into the different models youâ€™ll find that there are more unknown brands of scooter than cars stuck in grid lock. All of them look the same. But what get can vary considerably. One of the scoots that has risen to the top of the Japanese fleet is the Honda Dio. Theyâ€™ve been produced for over 15 years, and are a favourite choice of tuners and hardcore 50cc/70cc racers around the world. The Dio started off with a Horizontal engine, before changing to the current vertical set-up. The newer models have a great little front disk brake, while earlier and low spec models have drums that are woefully bad.
Why a Dio over other 50cc scoots? The Dio has a proven track record â€“ as long as you fill the little 2 stroke oil reserve it will just keep going. Honda motors are famous for going and going, and the Dio motor is one of the simplest Honda motors you can buy â€“ safe bet; I say.
The Dio has great storage, and can hold a full face helmet and gloves in the secure, under seat storage. There is also a bag hook, and small open glove box. Its small enough to park any where, and the size also helps when it comes to pushing pass queues of rush hour gas guzzlers. Car wing mirrors have to be almost touching to stop the little Dio slipping through to the front of the traffic queue.
But the Dio isnâ€™t perfect the standard rear shock is, well.. a pogo stick. It is not to hard for the average European male to bottom out the shock as a part of normal driving. If you own a older 50cc scoot with the standard rear shock, you should look at upgrading it, you wonâ€™t regret it. The model pictured has had rear shock upgraded, as well as few other induction modifications.
The 10 inch wheel while keeping the rolling weight down, can cause the scoot to become unsettled when cornering and large pot holes can be quite jarring.
Sitting on the Dio, the controls are simple and easy to read. The speedo reads to a maximum speed of 60kph, and the Dio can get there on a flat road, no problems. The seat is long and flat allowing a wide range of riders to sit comfortably on the scooter, but there is no pegs, or handles for a pillion passenger â€“ which is good as the standard rear shock wouldnâ€™t cope very well.
The Hondaâ€™s body work made of plastic and while it is light it does have a down side. Rattles â€“ at idle on the tested model there was quite a bit of vibration this could have been due to wear on the engine mounts, but it does seem to a common characteristic of many Japanese 50cc bikes. Some might find this annoying, but it doesnâ€™t take long to forget about it if youâ€™re riding it on a daily basis.
Max power at shaft 3.6 KW (5.6 HP) @ 6500 RPM
Max torque 0.68kgm at 5500 rpm
Engine Type Single-cylinder 2 stroke
Cylinder Capacity 49cc
Seat height 720mm
Dry weight 64kg
Kerb weight 69kg
Fuel tank capacity 4.2 liters
Starting Electric & Kickstart
Transmission CVT â€œTwist and Goâ€
Storage volume —
Cooling Force air cooled
Bore X stroke 39.0 x 41.4 mm
Compression ratio 7.0
Chassis Steel Tube
Front suspension Hydraulic fork
Rear suspension Unit swingarm
Front brake Disc on certain models
Rear brake Drum
Front wheel/tyre 90/90-10″ 50J
Rear wheel/tyre 90/90-10″ 50J
Max speed (km/hr) 55km (restricted)
Type approval —
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle) —
Consumption @km/h – km/l —
Audible Indicator yes
Full helmet storage yes
Glove box yes (open)
Fuel Guage yes
Trip Meter no
Seat release (via remote control) no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) no
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