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Honda Today 50

Honda Today 50

4.0 from 16 reviews

Perfect bike

I bought a used scooter, 2013. making 35km/L, with just $5 you fill the tank. Incredible! Best scooter ever!! Don't make that crazy noise because it's 4 strokes! I'm very have with this scooter. And Honda is Honda, easy to find parts if you need... If you are thinking to buy one, Do it!

Date PurchasedOct 2017

Brilliant machine.

My Scoot is the other love of my life. Scoot starts first go every time I need to start her, even if she hasn't been started in 3 months. Scoot is a great to ride when you are just learning to ride, my youngest son learnt how to ride on her at the age of 16 and he is now he rides a larger motorcycle, he still loves scoot. Scoot is a great run around vehicle, I use her to pop to the shop, she holds a lot of shopping. I just love my Scoot. I also drive a Alfa Romeo Spider, I love her too.

Date PurchasedMar 2005

Long lasting economical masterpiece

I bought one of these brand new for my wife back in 2010 as it was a cheaper option than a second car, it is still going for her to this day and clicked over around 14,000kms as she rides it everyday to and from work and yes I have even snuck out on it on occasions for a bit of fun.
It does around the 60kmh but does struggle up hill a bit especially from a standing start but for her 14km round trip to and from work everyday it is a perfect option. It costs us around $7 a fortnight at most for fuel, we have had to replace one tyre and a bulb on the headlight and that is all we have spent on it. Rego is so cheap so taking that and fuel costs into account we run it for around $400 a year. The battery after 7 years is probably due for a change now as it is getting harder to start but with the kickstart option it isn't a necessity.
If you are in an area where 60kmh is the speed limit then by all means look into one of these type of scooters and if you are in a state where you can ride one of these on a car license then even better.
My wife had never ridden a motorbike/.scooter before we purchased this and I would say it took her about 10 to 15 minutes to get accustomed to it and to this day she still loves riding it.
I am actually surprised that there are not more of these around when you consider the running costs.

Date PurchasedJan 2010

Lightest scooter you can buy. Honda quality.

Smallest and lightest of the 50cc scooters. Light weight = performance and fuel economy. It's about 75kg
However its very limited in standard form.
It is a 4 stroke so it can't compete with a 2 stroke for performance, but it is a lot quieter, more refined, more reliable and long lasting and doesn't smell.
In standard form it wouldn't go above 57kph downhill.
Changing the variator and roller weights is simple and it will go 70kph downhill and it also launches a lot harder.
I am running 4g weights.
There is more power to be had with de-restricting the airbox and exhaust but this requires a re-jet of the carb so I didn't bother although these parts are easy to purchase online.
The CDI or engine computer is complicated and not easily replaced, this limits the engine rpm and thus the top speed.

It should be noted that most Chinese scooters use a copy of this Honda engine (GY6) , so a lot of parts are interchangeable.

Brakes are drum front and rear, and fairly poor. But adequate for the speeds this scooter is capable of.
They are linked which is nice.

Controls and ergonomics are all good. Mirrors are useful.

Rear rack is great for another storage box. That and the under seat storage is a lot of space for bags or shopping. I keep my helmet and jacket in there.

I'd recommend this scooter for the city or 50kph roads but it struggles around hills.
Parts are easy to get, and Honda dealers are everywhere.
very simple but very reliable scooter. I ride mine to Uni and its perfect.
It gave 2.1 Litres per 100km standard and 2.5 with the modifications.

Date PurchasedMar 2017

Not a racer but great value for money.

I had a bright yellow one for around 12 months and it used up two tanks of fuel during that time as I only bought it as a backup plan for when my car was off the road plus a few Sunday rides out to cafes. I was told it may have had the 'restrictor' removed, and so it had a snazzy top speed of 57km/h on flat road. Even at that speed though, it feels quite fast as it is a tiny scooter with tiny wheels.

The only thing I can really fault with this scooter is that the auto transmission would clunk a bit when you first start moving, but I assume it was given a hard time before I bought it.

In response to some of the more negative comments though, the reason that this scooter isn't made like a Ducati or BMW is because it's designed to be extremely cheap. There is a lot of plastic, but when you're paying around $2000-$3000 for a brand-new scooter or motorcycle, you should be grateful to have plastic.
I sold mine in 2007 and I still miss it. If I were to get another one, I would think about getting a performance / gearing kit for it.

If you want cheap transport in the city, get one. If you want something to tease the Highway Patrol with, you may prefer a Ducati.

Date PurchasedJan 2006

Bullet proof

I got one one of these little rippers while living in north Qld it got me from A to B and the fuel economy was amazing not to mention the tough little 50cc motor, I kicked the guts out of this little unit by riding it in all sorts of conditions and regularly rode between country towns for work and it never failed all I did was hit it with the hose once a fortnight and as always with small plant I kept an eye on the oil, I looked like a circus Bear on a dinky riding it with my 120kg frame and wore the odd bit of fruit chucked at me from passing hooligans but it never let me down , its now being ridden by a sweet young thing in the Whitsundays with over 10000 on the clock wish they still made them

Very poor quality junk scooter.

we bought a honda nvs 50 scooter...utter junk,plastics are cheap and shoddy,small underseat storage compartment,low quality drum brakes, only 2.5 hp engine,very low top speed,as it winds out to 45 kph.max! and up hill it slows down to 28 kph.very disappointed in this junk scooter.all poor quality workmanship .i would not recommend this scooter!avoid it like a plague .as its the slowest 50cc scooter out their.

very disopointed in this scooter..... ya pay pea nutz ya getz monkeyz!!! as this is one cheapo scooter.$1999.ya! the writing is on the wall. i saw my uncle last week,he has a grey import honda nvs50 today,MMM! its even worse then the one i reviewed last time.it has noname brand Chinese grade material .the tyres are poor rubber ,the horn barely works,the indicators have the wrong connectors,the suspension is like a pogo stick,the brakes barely work,very squeaky,the seat hinges are of plastic quality,the plastic casing is inferior junk,worst mistake that uncle phil made.and the kick starter is the only way to start this pippy scooter.and not to mention its lack of grunt and very poor performance .wrong choice phil

we hate this little scooter.way to small.tiny,puny,low end power,lack of grunt,cheap plastics,frame flexes and twist if ridden at 50kph. lack of up hill grunt,no passenger room,puny under seat storage ,a very basic scooter,could,nt be any more basic ,bare minimum ,drum brakes,built to a price!

It ticks all boxes

Bought this bike as a bullet proof run around to take on my outback adventures. Of course I needed something to to fit on the back of my small 4x4 which meant either a honda today or postie bike. Most postie bikes are thrashed and as they cannot be bought new I started to look at scooters as another option. The nvs is one of the only scooters made with a back up kick start, has a huge comfy seat, lotsa storage and forced air cooled engine for cool running in an outback summer. All I needed was a good set of all terrain tires and better ground clearance for a winner. After a 4 inch lift and the addition of a snorkel (river crossings) this little beauty coupled with it's smooth auto trans will go anywhere a 4x4 will and places one won't. Can't make it up that steep ledge? Water too deep to drive across? Pick the featherweight up and carry it across and then hop back on your couch to keep cruising.
Classic honda reliabilty, kickstart, forced aircooled, great fuel economy, super comortable bucket seat, so much fun to ride
Nothing at all for it's intended use. It didn't have enough ground clearance for my intended use and the airbox needs a snorkel to keep dust out but that's a personal issue

Cheap plastic!!

Very cheap made scooter,for the $1900 pice tag you could get something alot better.Dont waste your money broke within a 2 months and bought brand new.Repair costs are around the same mark as scooter price.Also does not have a fuel gauge just a light.takes a while to reach max speed.
easy to ride
no passenger room,55km max,small storage,very cheap build and breaks very easily


as a original scooter 8 out of 10 , as a modified scooter 9.5 out of 10 , and its clean 4stroke, is quieter than all other 2stroke 50cc, (even when its 90cc) :)
I reckon the today is a great little scooter easy to ride and you can get two on it if you arent fattys , :), You can get a aftermarket 90cc kit and 10klm performace pully, A differential gear set for another 10klm on top end, then its more ecconomical I get 70klms per litre now, although as oem 48klm per litre was good too.
yeah indicator rear ext arms com loose, a pain haveing to take exaust off and new gasket every time to replace the rear tyre,

If we upgrade it to a 90cc, do we need to get a bike license?Hi all, just seen the thread. My partner has a scoopy which runs okay with the air filter off. when we put it back on the revs die considerably. any thoughts on whatbcould be wrong.

My first Scooter "Ruby" getting her off a friend this week-I expect adventures! TT

Thus far I have had four separate rides to 'start her up as Co-owner is out of town' rides and all fun.
They don't like steep hills. She is such fun tho and new job is a lovely 50km area 12km (one way) run so Ruby will be perfect. But can I fit in my assessment equipment to be a Nurse on the run? Will do an update posting in a months time.
Zippy, reliable and Fun.
I will have to tame the ride to stay in the 55 km max output, Pollyanna it.


It great Honda . i like all the honda products. it use less gas and strong and reason price. Honda today
I just got one in Cambodia it only $500 and the seller said it second hand use export from Japan. And i drive it in the city it move really great specially on the busy traffic it small and fast easy in traffic Jam ! Can any one tell me how many Km per lite of gas it use ?
It don't have the stain side like when u need to park it short time u have to get off first to park .

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Up to now, how is the honda today? Give us a review , what year model is the your honda today? How many kilometer was it done when you bought it?


a very good reliable scooter in small towns where the speed is limited to 50ks.is there a alterative belt for this scooter.i have had a really good run with mine but it needs a new belt
cheap reliable transport
nothing as yet


This was my first scooter & I loved it dearly. I rode it everywhere, even on 60k/hr roads in peek-hour traffic. It was a bit scary with it having a top speed of 55km/hr, but I did it anyway & loved it. You don't know you're alive until you've ridden a scooter in heavy traffic - if you survive the experience. Honestly this scooter is perfect for the beginner or those who just want to travel down to the local shops or in 50km/hr zones. If you want a scoot for anymore look at a 2 stroke which has more oomph.
Small size, perfect for shorter people, nice look, very reliable
The 50cc 4 stroke is not made for anything more than back streets. There's no point getting it de-restricted it doesn't feel like it's got any power to spare


i usually ride a cbr600rr but got this bike to just get me to work in the city everyday. in comparison the today 50 is nothing like a real bike but value for money and lots of fun to ride, I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for easy and cheap comuting over short distances
Good acceleration, handles and stops well, quiet and very economical, lots of room under the seat, fun to ride, looks good and is cheap to buy.
top speed of 55km, no passenger, suspension not very tough, no fuel gauge just a light when you're low.


For the price, these things are awesome. I only bought it a few days ago, but am extremely happy. Can do 150km on 5 litres of fuel. With fuel prices the way they are, this is fantastic. Throw away the car!!
Easy and reliable to start. Helmet compartment under the seat is awesome. Good security with the handle bar lock and lock protection. Pretty good acceleration.
Really should have made it capable of 60 rather than 55.

Questions & Answers

Hey, just a couple of questions for any Honda today 50cc scooter owners. Looking to buy a second hand one around 1K price range. Looking for a reliable run around traveling 20ish kms a day too and from uni for the remaining two years of my course. What do you guys reckon is too many kms to be buying second hand? Any things impeticular I should look out for when test riding? The differences in the Honda today models from 2003-2014? Thanks for you time. Happy riding
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Sorry I just put a post above I meant to answer you directly. They seem reliable. They are crap-loads easier to work on compared to my Piaggio. Buying second hand? dont forget the odometer loops at 9,999km so if it says 3,000km on the clock - you dont know if its 3,000 or 13,000, or 23,000 etc the KN planning "easy high speed variator kit" sold at webike! japan works ok for $35 AUD. definitely got +5km more top end speed and I'm a fat https://japan.webike.net/products/22060571.html?utm_source=webikestyle&utm_medium=reccomendmail&utm_content=cart_saved_item&utm_campaign=20190418 To tune your scooter: -Install the high speed variator kit - see how you go with that. You need to buy a Y shaped tool and/or a rattle gun to make the job easier - while doing so piss off any washers that are between variator faces (not under the nuts holding it on) if there one. - get a tachometer off ebay. $10. it just wraps a cable around the spark plug and measures the revs from that ( think setting 3 works). - when you are going flat out - look at the revs you are doing. The manual says max power is at 8,000 RPM. If you are doing much less than that install lighter roller weights (if its above 7500RPM thats probably not worth playing with). I wouldnt take a bigger step than 1g lighter than whats in there. - take the carbi off and get a slightly bigger jet. Its not that hard to do. above this you start spending +$100 per mod. I use to get 35km/L on my today. My 150cc piaggio gets 30-33km/L and can do 115km (on the speedo - probably 105 by GPS). So its worth getting your R-N license and getting a 125/150cc IMHO.

how far do you could get on a full tank?
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where is the VIN number located?
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