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Remember the HONDA Solo

aktualisiert 30.09.2010 | erstellt am 30.09.2010 | von

Only a few of this wonderful bikes found their way to Europe. The Honda Solo was a real Retro-Style bike like the old german ones from Zündapp, DKW or MZ.

Honda Solo

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How the Solo got its name:

The Solo’s name is intended to capture two different meanings of the English word: (1) (noun) a singing or musical performance by an individual; or (2) (adverb) individually; to perform individually. The Solo’s name is intended to convey the image of a bike the owner chose himself or herself to present his or her own individual performance; a bike with a unique design.

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Vehicle Name Solo
Vehicle Type Honda BA-AC 17
Length x Width x Height (m) 1.995 x 0.710 x 0.980
Wheelbase (m) 1.285
Ground Clearance (m) 0.150
Seat Height (m) 0.730
Vehicle Weight (kg) 77
Dry Weight (kg) 73
Number of Riders 1
Min. Turning Radius (m) 2.0
Engine Type AC17E (air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder)
Displacement cm3 49
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Max. Power (kW[PS]/rpm) 2.6[3.5]/7,500
Max. Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm) 3.8[0.39]/6,000
Fuel Tank Capacity (l) 4.1
Fuel Consumption (km/l) 95.0 (30km/h, low-altitude driving)
Starter Kick-start
Ignition CDI-type magneto
Transmission Continuous mesh, 3-speed return
Gear Ratio 1st gear 3.272
2nd gear 1.764
3rd gear 1.190
Differential Primary 4.058
Secondary 3.230
Tire Size Front 70/100-18M/C41P
Rear 70/100-18M/C41P
Braking System Front Mechanical, leading/trailing drum
Rear Mechanical, leading/trailing drum
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm
Frame Backbone

The Solo was a part of the HONDA N-Project (N for New Project), developing bikes for young people lifestyle. The „New Project“ bikes were the Honda APE from 02.2001, the Zoomer from 06.2001 and the third, the Solo from 01.2002

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