Honda Announces Relaunch of Gorilla Leisure Bike

January 22, 1998, Japan


Tokyo, January 22, 1998 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the re-launch of the Honda Gorilla leisure bike, which will go on sale on February 10. Fitted with a 4-cycle single-cylinder 50cc engine that is economical and highly reliable, it is easy to handle and exudes a charm all of its own. Last sold in Japan between 1978 and 1988, the Gorilla is making a comeback partly thanks to the resurgent popularity of outdoor leisure pursuits.
Easy to handle in the lower revs, the Gorilla's engine also delivers substantial power smoothly in the upper ranges. Fitted with an automatic cam-chain tensioner and a compact, lightweight sealed battery, the Gorilla requires minimal maintenance. The 12V Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) magnet starter also makes it a convenient bike to ride.

Honda Gorilla

Honda Gorilla

The backbone frame, simple telescopic front suspension and fat-tread block pattern tires (3.50--8 35J) are other style pointers. It has a capacious 9-liter fuel tank, a rear carrier, and a large, comfortable seat--complete with raised handles for extra style. To add the finishing touches, the front fender, muffler protector and other parts come in sparkling chrome. With its Pure Black body, the Gorilla is sure to make a fashion statement.

Domestic annual sales target:

7,000 units

Model Gorilla
Type Honda A-Z50J
Length x width x height (m) 1.365 x 0.625 x 0.880
Wheelbase (m) 0.895
Ground clearance (m) 0.150
Seat height (m) 0.660
Curb weight/dry weight (kg) 67/62
No. of riders (person) 1
Fuel economy (km/l) [30 km/h test on flat ground] 90
Minimum turning radius (m) 1.4
Engine type Z50JE air-cooled 4-cycle OHC single-cylinder
Displacement (cm3) 49
Bore/stroke (mm) 39.0x41.4
Compression ratio 10.0
Maximum power output (PS/rpm) 3.1/7,500
Maximum torque (kgm/rpm) 0.32/6,000
Carburetor type PA03
Starter kick-start
Ignition CDI magnet ignition
Lubrication forced pressure and wet sump
Oil capacity (l) 0.8
Fuel tank capacity (l) 9.0
Clutch coil spring
Transmission 4-speed return
Gear ratios 1st gear 3.272
2nd gear 1.937
3rd gear 1.350
4th gear 1.043
Drive ratios (primary/final) 4.312/2.384
Rake (degrees)/trail (mm) 25°00' /42
Tire sizes Front 3.50-8 35J
Rear 3.50-8 35J
Brakes Front drum
Rear drum
Suspension Front telescopic
Rear swingarm
Frame type backbone