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The Honda Eve or Honda Spree or Nifty 50 (NQ50) is a 49 cc (3.0 cu in) motor scooter made by Honda in the 1980s. Honda marketed two more models based on the Eve's design. All models utilised a single geared AF05 engine.
The first variation of the NQ50 released by Honda was known as the Honda Eve and was exclusive to Japan.
- 1983: The Eve was available in Red for its first year of production. The bike was missing some vital features compared to later years and the Spree/Nifty, these include: No Battery, No Starter motor, No automatic bystarter. This model also lacked a removable main jet so tuning was limited without replacing the Carburetor with a later model revision. Due to the lack of automatic start, the operator must rely completely apon the kick start. Besides the inconvenience of this, there were also many issues related to the breaking of the kick start gears, even though the gears & levers on this model are bigger and more resistant to breaking.
- 1984-1987: The Eve is now available in White, Blue and Red. The Eve also gained a battery and starter motor, but retained the manual bystarter control mounted underneath the horn switch. These years used a form of hybrid Carburetor containing features from both the Spree/Nifty and the previous Eve, features from other NQ50 models include removable main jet and a slightly bigger intake. Also switched to the Spree kick start design.
Similar to the Nifty 50's, No Eve has a dedicated engine stop switch, therefore the only way to manually stop the engine is to turn the key off.
Model Differences By Year
- 1984: The Spree was available in Sparkling Red (US Only), Cortina White, and Vista Blue (Canada Only) The speedometer design was also slightly different than the 1985-7 Sprees, instead speed numbers were 10-20-30-40, '85-7 Sprees were 5-15-25-35 The logo was also much smaller than later years.
- 1985: The Spree logo was much larger than the '84 Sprees, making it more visible.
- 1986: The Spree gets a kick starter.
- 1986: Honda also produced a "Special Edition" Spree, with a Shasta White & Lollipop Green Color combo. Nowadays this Spree is extremely rare and hard to find, as this style was only produced in 1986.
- 1987: The dashboard, front indicators and tail lamps were redesigned to a more aerodynamic shape. Also added was a glove-box located behind the shield or front of the scooter, underneath the handlebars and in front of the floorboard.
The Iowa Edition Spree was a restricted version that utilized a restricted muffler, smaller main jet and a 12:83 (6.917) gear ratio in order to comply with Iowa laws on the use of mopeds. It was limited in top speed to 25mph. The 1987 Iowa Edition Spree a very rare model as the exclusive body changes for model year '87 plus the distinction of being an Iowa model make it very rare as the Iowa Edition was only sold in various states. Also given the fact that the Iowa Editions at the time did not sell as well because of the restrictions, there are very few Iowa Editions, and even fewer '87 variations to be found.
Honda Nifty 50
- 1984-1987: The Nifty was available in Red, and Dark Blue although the latter seems most common. The main visible difference from the spree is the round headlight and the curved edges of the dashboard.
- 1984: The Nifty was available in Red, and Dark Blue. The main visible difference from the spree is the round headlight and the curved edges of the dashboard. Front headlights are mounted upside down on the underside of the handlebars and the rear are mounted either side of the number plate mount, therefore the luggage rack is more simple, missing the round tubing the indicators are mounted to on the AU Nifty and Spree, and the rear red reflector.
- 1985: From this model onwards the EU Nifty was identical to the '84 & '85 Sprees with the only exceptions being different labels and stickers, and a square red start button rather than a round yellow.
Neither of the Nifty's included an engine stop switch above the engine start switch, so the only proper way of stopping the engine was to turn off the ignition.
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