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MotorcycleJapanFebruary 20, 1998
Honda Announces Launch of Best-Selling Benly CD50/CD90 Business Bikes with Specially Toughened Tire Inner Tubes to Minimize the Risk of Punctures.

Tokyo, February 20, 1998 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the launch, on March 20, of the new, improved Benly CD50/CD90 business bikes with specially toughened "Tuff-up" tire inner tubes to minimize the risk of punctures now fitted as standard. With their 4-cycle OHC single-cylinder engines, which provide plenty of power at lower and medium revs to give a very smooth ride, these bikes have sold well in Japan for many years.

The new Tuff-up tire inner tubes have proved themselves a hit since they were introduced on the Super Cub series, largely eliminating the worry and hassle associated with punctures.

The coloring has also been improved on both bikes. Instead of the old black and gray metallic combination, the fuel tanks now sport a trendy Black and Canopus Red Metallic look.

(Note that black is the only body color option available on both the CD50 and CD90).

Honda Benly CD50
Honda Benly CD50

Honda Benly CD90
Honda Benly CD90


Domestic annual sales target: 5,500 units



Main specifications:

Model Benly CD50 Benly CD90
Type Honda A-CD50 Honda HA03
Length x width x height (m) 1.805 x 0.700 x 1.020 1.805 x 0.760 x 1.025
Wheelbase (m) 1.170 1.175
Ground clearance (m) 0.130 0.130
Seat height (m) 0.748 0.768
Curb weight/
dry weight
(kg) 79/74 85/80
No. of riders (person) 1 2
Fuel economy (km/l) 140.0
(30km/h test on flat ground)
60.7
(60km/h test on flat ground)
Minimum turning radius (m) 1.9 1.9
Engine type CD50E
(air-cooled 4-cycle OHC single-cylinder)
HA03E
(air-cooled 4-cycle OHC single-cylinder)
Displacement (cm3) 49 85
Bore/stroke (mm) 39.0x41.4 47.0x49.5
Compression ratio 10.0 9.1
Maximum power output (PS/rpm) 4.0/7,000 7.1/7,500
Maximum torque (kgm/rpm) 0.44/6,000 0.75/6,000
Carburetor type PB30 PB93
Starter kick-start kick-start
Ignition CDI magnet ignition CDI magnet ignition
Lubrication forced pressure and wet sump forced pressure and wet sump
Oil capacity (l) 0.8 0.8
Fuel tank capacity (l) 6.0 6.0
Clutch coil spring coil spring
Transmission 4-speed rotary 4-speed rotary
Gear ratios 1st gear 3.272 2.833
2nd gear 1.937 1.705
3rd gear 1.350 1.238
4th gear 1.043 1.043
Drive ratios (primary/final) 4.312/3.230 4.058/2.500
Rake (degrees)/
trail (mm)
26o00' /70 26o00' /68
Tire sizes Front 2.25-17 33L 2.50-17 38L
Rear 2.50-17 38L 2.50-17 43L
Brakes Front/rear drum drum
Suspension Front telescopic telescopic
Rear swingarm swingarm
Frame type backbone backbone
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