Honda Hobbit

Whats up guys,

Picked up this Honda Hobbit over the weekend for $50, The engine turns freely, but the guy had no idea if it runs, ive gotta pick up the replacement keys from treats, or just bypass it if thats a better option? Gonna do a tear down first and get the frame all prettied up. no title so ill have to do the vermont deal as i did on my magnum.

this is my first build so its really more of a learning experience for me but i am both stoked and intimidated to go in on it. the idea was to lure on of my buddies into doing the Gettysburge rally with me, since he doesnt have a ped. that or the girlfriend will come ( its my first meetup and i dont really wanna ride solo).

Neil (ibuiltrome) hooked me up HUGE on the magnum and that got me hooked. so i hope to learn from you guys and see you at some rallies!

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Hobbits came in two versions:

Early red ones were 20 mph capable

Yellow ones were 30mph capable.

If I recall correctly, at the end of production, the red ones were also 30mph rated. But, if I am wrong, I am sure that someone will chime in with the correct info.

The nameplate on the headstock should show whether the bike is a

PA50I (20 mph version) or PA50II (30mph version)

Mike

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Brandon Weiss (Detective brandon to you) /

I think the red/white ones were pa50i, and all the solid colors were pa50ii...if i remember correctly.

A quick google search says solid red were from 81'- 82', and that pa50i were discontinued after 79'. (edited)

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think the red/white ones were pa50i, and all the solid colors were pa50ii...if i remember correctly.

78-79 red = pa50I, yellow = pa50II

i think if it has turn signals it should be a later model?

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talk to maize about getting that seat recovered, he's really good at those hobbit seats.

https://www.mopedarmy.com/riders/maize/

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that is an 81 with CDI and it is a 30+ mph model. they dropped the PA50-1 and 2 moniker so i cant remember if that is technically called a pa-50-2 or just a pa-50, but those are compatable with all the pa-50-2 parts.

they have a couple small differences to the 79-80 models but all parts swap over. those are nice bikes.

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so this was sold to me as a "1981 honda hobbit PA50" (ill check the vin plate when i get home) most everything is there, including what basically looks like a lawnmower exhaust. but im gonna tear into it this week, see what it looks like in there before i start ordering parts.

The seat is actually in good shape but it somehow detached from its base, so i have it just not in the pic

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> Graham Motzing Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> that is an 81 with CDI and it is a 30+ mph model. they dropped the

> PA50-1 and 2 moniker so i cant remember if that is technically called a

> pa-50-2 or just a pa-50, but those are compatable with all the pa-50-2

> parts.

>

> they have a couple small differences to the 79-80 models but all parts

> swap over. those are nice bikes.

thats good to know! ive been reading through the wiki ( which is very fantastic) all morning.

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So it is an 82, it says both pa50 and pa50ii.

Gonna be a real project, is it best to kit it out of the gate? Or see if I can get it running first thing .

It's a good thing the wiki has electrical schematics....

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Definitely make it run first, and run right. Changing parts is just adding more variables to an equation you hadn't solved in the first place.

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Thanks for the advice ryan!

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I agree with Ryan, stock first. A good running stock Hobbit is a really fun bike.

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