• Sep 2nd 2007 at 3:32PM
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Do you remember the Honda Cub? Using only 50ccs of power, this is the vehicle that established Honda as a player in the American market. Long before Honda was making cars, they were turning out little scooters and motorcycles which got excellent gas mileage. In some parts of the world, you can still make your way down to the local Honda dealer and buy a Honda 50 new. Unfortunately, here in the States, this is not the case... leading many to turn to eBay - where Honda 50s, 70s and 90s can be picked up for a pretty decent price. The fact that the vehicles are still road-worthy is a testament to the original design.

Honda should consider bringing back this type of transportation. Back in '03, they showed off a few concepts using the same engine and drivetrain as their original Cub from way back when. The concept of cheap transportation, great gas mileage and high reliability are still very much worth pursuing. Honda: bring back the Cub! Once again, you'd meet the nicest people on a Honda.

[Source: The Scooter Scoop]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I managed to get my hands on a Honda Z50 for putting around town on. It's great, fits in the back of our 1981 Honda Civic, doesn't require much in the way of maintenance or fuel. Plus it's lots of fun. I've never seen a cub in person though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      someone should start a petition to request honda start selling the super cub in the US again. With everyone going green, it would be a smart move on their part. i would love to be able to buy one of the new anniversary super cubs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1

        I soooo want one. ^_^
        • 6 Years Ago
        I So agree with you Jessica. Although parts can still be purchased for these bikes, I can only see it being a wise business move for Honda to sell them over here again. I own a 1981 C-70 Passport and am looking at getting another if the guy calls me back. I also have a 1966 Honda CT-90cc needing repair. The 70 gives me unbelievable gas mileage and allows me to go to work and back everyday,plus other excursions during the week for about $1.50/week. The most I paid for a fill-up was $3.15. (CANADA = $0.92 per litre) last summer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it hard to believe that a modern EPA/CARB approved scooter can "produce more harmful exhaust emissions per mile than cars or even large sport utility vehicles." Especially THIS 50cc 4-stroke with catalytic converter from Honda.

      I hope North Americans adopt these forms of transportation en-masse, if not to reduce oil consumption to at LEAST reduce the American concept of value being "Bigger is Better" or "More is Better". Americans would benefit in many ways by adopting a smaller footprint on the road (less resources to produce the vehicle, less weight and forward momentum to stop in a vehicle crash, roads gain capacity for more vehicles, we become less oil dependent).

      Now, if Jeremy had posted a Boss Hoss up here you might have a bit of an argument.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they aren't running cats, it is plausible. Even if they are, per passenger mile, cars are likely to be cleaner on average.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don said at 6. "Uh, THAT thing did not a player Honda make...it may have established them, but it didn't sell in droves."


      Are you out of your mind? It is the most sold vehicle OF ANY KIND in the world. Check your facts.

      The Cub paid for Asimo, F1, and now the Honda JET.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will,
      You are wrong Ruckus etc. are 4-stroke engines - they couldn't boast the 100mpg mileage if they were not. So are most chinese knockoff scooters.

      I really wish they did bring the cub/passport back - and as a honda. This SYM-thing isn't nearly as attractive and it doesn't hit low enough price point either.

      What the original had and so does this version
      - 17 inch tires that will pot small tired scooters in shame on bumps.
      - Manual transmission that improves mileage over variator scooters - yet easy enough to use so it doesn't intimidate non clutch experienced crowd.

      But the styling fails bad...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If anyone is in the Connecticut area of the United States they can check out Scooter Centrale in Plainville CT (860)747-2552. They have a SYM Symba on the floor. It seems to be a well finished bike and was a lot of fun when I tried it out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ian: care to give us ANY kind of figures to back up that claim that cars are going to be less polluting per passenger mile? I'm really having a hard time swallowing it. Its not like there's a major technological or engineering chasm between bike engines and car engines. There's even lightweight sportscars built with Suzuki Hyabusa engines... they somehow manage to pass car-standard emissions tests though. And this is in a vehicle still twice the weight of the donor cycle and very much tuned for speed rather than economy.

      Don: Um... yeah. Some kind of research would be good before you want to go saying silly things, e.g. that the 50 didn't "break" Honda into various world markets or make huge towers of cash for it. Their cars certainly didn't do it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don - the bike in the picture is not a Honda Cub, it is the bike that Honda showed off in '03 which was based on the same drivetrain. The Cub did in fact establish Honda in America, followed by the Dream and Benley etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All,
      I plan on buying a new Honda 90 Super Cub to take back next year when I retire from the Corps. There are many more modern scooters that are quite fine, However, the new Cubs look like the original, but, are now fuel injected, and I would imagine, make better mileage, and less emmissions. It's the bike I grew up on, and I would applaud the re-introduction into the American market such air-cooled simplicity. Lot of Boomers grew up as these as their 1st bikes. I think they would sell very well.
      Major Jeff Fultz
      Okinawa, Japan
        • 6 Years Ago
        Forget it. You might get it registered if you have a permissive or ignorant DMV, but motorcycles are subject to most of the same import regulations as cars.

        http://www.epa.gov/EPA-IMPACT/2007/September/Day-27/i19118.htm
        http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/elig050108.pdf
        http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/FAQ%20Site/index.html

        If you do this, you run the risk of having the bike confiscated and destroyed.

        Now, there are some interesting bikes on that list that you COULD import, but the Cub is not one of them.

        The lowest-hassle, lowest-risk way to go about getting a new-ish cub would be to secure a beat-up US cub, and buy the running gear from a new cub and whatever restoration parts you need while you're in Japan, and convert it. Depending on how attentive your DMV is, you may need to stick with US-market lights, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you know how or who I can talk too about purchasing a Super Cub Standard in Japan and have it shipped to me in USA (Atlanta, GA)?

        Thanks, Pete
      • 8 Years Ago
      The various styles of Cub 50/70/90/110 (and the trail motorcycles with the same type of engine) are the one thing that you should be able to buy at a local Honda dealer forever, world wide. They are awesome cool.
      excontroller
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't trust Honda's engineering...some of it's very good, while some is shoddy. Bought my son a 49cc moped eight years ago and he had it worn OUT in two years. The engine was completely shot. He just rode it too much, I guess. 2500 miles is all he got out of it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @excontroller
        The metropolitan and the ruckus and really every honda scooter that's still sold in the US uses a 2-stroke engine. These give more power per cc, so it has better acceleration while keeping transmission simple, but the 2-stroke engines require an oil mix be burned and they don't last nearly as long as the 4 stroke cub. Mine's 40 years old with almost 20,000 miles and NO major issues. Most honda 2-strokes should hit 10000 though, I'd blame the premature failure on improper oil mix, either on the part of your son or some malfunction in the oil mix system.

        The supercub engine has been gushed over by even superbike racers for it's incredible engineering, amazing symplicity, and nearly unstoppable longevity.
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