Did you know they still make the z50 in Japan?

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  1. cornishrooster

    cornishrooster Active Member

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    http://www.honda.co.jp/Monkey/

    They're selling the 50th anniversary version there now. Apparently you can import one but it won't come with a title since they don't use them in Japan. Pretty neat.
     
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    Interesting that all the badging is English and all of the Safety Warning labels are Japanese.
     
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    There are ways around the tiling. I brought home a brand new CRF250 from Japan in 1992.
    I bought it on deployment with the Marine Corps. It came with a manufacturers certificate of origin, in Kanji. I had it translated and certified and no dice getting it turned into a title.
    I went and visited the Honda shop I had worked in in High School for advise. They put a mechanics lien on it, sold me the lien and it was an easy conversion to a tiltle form there.
     
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    Titling requirements & importation laws changed in a big way, as of 2006. For most, it's now an complicated and expensive process to bring in anything newer. At this late date, 1992 was 25 years ago...and that's a magic number...legally an "antique" vehicle.

    FYI, Honda has been producing the Z50 in extremely limited "special editions" for decades now. Every now & then a gray market specimen pops up, I've even seen listings for one or two that has been titled & plated. I don't know about insuring one, however. Nowadays, deep into the 17-digit-VIN era and electronic databases, you may have a tough time finding an insurer willing to issue a policy on a non US-market vehicle and the companies that issue agree value policies on collector vehicles shy away from anything newer, i.e manufactured in the 21st century.

    There have been a lot of conflicting reports about Honda, essentially, wanting to get out from under the shadow of the Z50, much the same was Volvo did with their classic P1800. Most recewntly, however, there have been write-ups of a new Monkey (can't really call it a Z50, with 125cc in the boiler room) complete with EFI, e-start and all the other goodies that would bring it up to date. Judging by the photos I've seen, it could be a rebirth for the iconic model...and the prototypes looked really sweet.
     
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    I like the chromed-out Special.
     
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    Priced at $3187.00.
     
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    cornishrooster Active Member

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    Definitely a sweet looking bike, complete with blinkers front and back. I know there's a law firm in Nevada that will get you plates with your vin from other states that have loose restrictions on out-of-state registration, Vermont and Maine are the main two if I memory serves, mainly due to the fact that a lot of folks own vaca homes there and allowing online out-of-state registration equals more money to the state more frequently.
     
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    The Vermont thing is viable...and as a DIY. Search through the archives, the thread has been going for years and just saw action within the past couple of weeks.

    Be forewarned, there can be a world of difference between over 25 years old, and newer. And 2006-on is a whole other thing, entirely. Titling a vintage collector machine is as easy as the process gets.
     
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    I remember how much trouble I had trying to bag a title for the pit bike, which arrived with only a Certificate of Origin. Jeez, with all this globalist b.s. nowadays, you'd think it would be EASIER to score a title... :eek:
     
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    I don't think it would matter to any of us that a 50th anniversary edition could be licensed. I thought I have heard they all have been spoken for? Or am I thinking the special?
     
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