1975 Honda QA 50 Minibike

1975 Honda QA 50 Minibike

Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were the first to mass produce minibikes, small displacement motorcycles that often had automatic clutches. Honda was among the leaders in the 1960s, the earliest years of the minibike craze. 

Honda's models had engines equipped with overhead cams capable of reaching 9,000 rpm. 

Honda introduced the QA50 series of minibikes in the U.S. in 1970. It was marketed as a youth model and featured patented Swivel-Lok handlebars that folded down so the bike would fit in the trunk of the family car. 

In 1973 and 1974, Honda re-dubbed each year's QA50 as K1, K2, and K3. The only differences between model years were the colors offered. 

In 1973, the QA50 K1 was available in Hawaiian Blue Metallic, and Candy Ruby Red. The 1974 QA50 K2 came in one color, Candy Orange. 

The final year for the QA50, 1975, saw the K3 in Mars Orange.