HONDA ‘Bials’ TL 50

Classic Trial - - MACHINE -

Honda en­tered the tri­als arena in the early seven­ties, with the idea of sell­ing mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als to the mass au­di­ence they be­lieved would slowly grad­u­ate into the sport. They needed a ma­chine to start the trend of the TL mod­els, with a 50cc four-stroke ma­chine for the be­gin­ner or young rider. The model cen­tred on a very prac­ti­cal sin­gle cylin­der OHC, two-valve air cooled en­gine with a four-speed gear­box, which was an ideal ev­ery­day ma­chine for the fam­ily to en­joy. It proved very pop­u­lar, but was never im­ported into the UK.

The of­fi­cial Honda brochure was, as al­ways, very well pre­sented. Be­low: The small but ef­fec­tive four-stroke mo­tor.

Left: The fuel tank design at­tached it­self to the TL 125cc Bials model. Right: The fam­ily played a huge role in the Honda move­ment into the off-road mo­tor­cy­cling world.

Pic­tures: © Honda

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