Kawasaki Honda ARSS50

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I’d been doing six hour moped endurance races for a couple of years on a Honda C50 step-thru. I was trying to fit one of the engines into a Fantic sports moped one day in 1990 (with no great success) when someone offered me the remains of a crashed and blown-up AR50. I cut the bottom the frame rail off, welded in two spars from headstock to swing arm pivot and slung the engine from that. Off down the road, put the front brake on, front tyre hits the cylinder head and locks up… Cured that by adding extra oil to the forks, fitted a mightily tuned SS50 five speed engine, and went racing. Handled well, but the tuned engine lasted about an hour before smashing the top end to smithereens.

Well, at least it was light....
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Carole gves the ARSS a spanking
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First shakedown run.
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Just to prove it actually got raced. Three Sisters?
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Strange days indeed - why am I wearing a wally bib, and why is the rider behind me apparently dressed as The Mummy...?
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At a Glance
+ GOOD POINTS
It was unique, it worked (more or less) and it was cheap


- BAD POINTS
Really needed a 70cc top end.
MANUFACTURER
Kawasaki/Honda
MODEL
ARSS50
OWNED FROM
1990
OWNED TO
1992