Current popularity HONDA CUB
Honda Super Cub “Street” model 50 cc
Sales for Super Cubs have increased in Japan with upgrades to the engine and the installation of fuel injection for Japanese domestic market models starting from 2007, making it more powerful, more economical and cleaner. With respect to newer, plastic body underbone designs, such as the Wave, the original Cub remains popular.
Cycle World magazine’s Peter Egan and Steve Kimball entered a stock Honda C70 Passport in the 1981 Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, competing against specially designed high-mileage two-wheelers built by teams of engineering students, and an entry from American Honda. The course was a 65-mile (105 km) loop near San Luis Obispo that had to be completed in 1 hour and 40 minutes, give or take 10 minutes, meaning an average speed of 35 mph (56 km/h). Kimball, riding the Passport, won the event through skillful and error-free riding, with 198 miles per US gallon (1.19 L/100 km; 238 mpg‑imp).
In Vietnam, Super Cubs are the predominant model of motorcycle taxi, so that “Honda” has become a genericized trademark or metonymy, equivalent to “xe ôm” referring to any motorcycle taxi. In the English speaking world as well, “Honda” was often a synonym for “motorcycle” as a result of the ubiquity of the Super Cub.
The Super Cub was included in The Guggenheim‘s 1998 The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition. In 2006, on the Discovery Channel‘s The Greatest Ever series, an episode on motorcycles placed the 1958 49 cc Super Cub in first place. James May, a co-presenter on the popular television series Top Gear, bought a Honda Super Cub for the 2008 Season 12 Vietnam special. Author Roland Brown wrote that, “of all the brilliant bikes Honda have built — the CB750 superbike, Mike Hailwood‘s six-cylinder racers, the mighty Gold Wing, you name them — the most important of all is the C100 Super Cub of 1958.” Current popularity HONDA CUB
In June, 2018, Honda announced that, after an absence of 45 years, the 2019 Super Cub C125 model would once again be available in the US.
|Also called||Symba 110|
|Engine||101.4 cc (6.19 cu in), air cooled, four stroke, OHV, single|
|Top speed||90 km/h (56 mph) (claimed)|
|Power||4.8 kW (6.5 hp) at 8500 rpm|
|Torque||6.8 N⋅m (5 lb⋅ft) at 8500 rpm|
|Transmission||Wet multi-plate clutch, 4 speed semi-automatic transmission|
|Frame type||Pressed steel underbone|
|Suspension||Front: telescopic fork, rear: swingarm|
|Brakes||Front: 130 mm (5.1 in), rear: 110 mm (4.3 in)|
|Tires||Front and rear: 2.50-17″|
|Wheelbase||1,225 mm (48.22 in)|
|Dimensions||L: 1,900 mm (75 in)
W: 690 mm (27 in)
H: 1,000 mm (41 in)
|Seat height||760 mm (29.9 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb) (claimed) (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||1.08 US gal (4.1 l; 0.90 imp gal)|
Chongqing Guangyu Motorcycle Manufacture Co, of China, known as Kamax, has a line of motorcycles based on the Super Cub Design, licensed from Honda, including the EEC Super Cub. This Super Cub ‘remake’ was developed solely for the European market in cooperation with Super Motor Company. Super Motor Company which is the sole European distributor of the EEC Super Cub sells three different variations, the Super 25, the Super 50, and the Super 100. From 2009 to 2010, Flyscooters imported a Yinxiang Super Cub variant to the US, under the name Fly Scout. Similarly, China Jialing Industrial Co., Ltd. has ten models based on Honda’s Super Cub design, including the JL50Q-2 and JL90-1 which are faithful to the original 1958 styling, as well as several more modern restyling. Lifan Group exports a version to the UK, the 97 cc (5.9 cu in) LF100, which features telescopic forks, a four-speed gearbox and a digital gear indicator.
SYM Motors of Taiwan licensed the Super Cub design as the Symba 100, previously called the Symba 110, which they exported to the US between 2009 and 2016. While keeping the basic design, SYM increased the size of the front brake from 110 to 130 mm (4.3 to 5.1 in) and added an LED fuel gauge. Instead of leading link front forks, it featured telescopic forks. The Symba engine had a carbureted 101.4 cc (6.19 cu in) single claimed to produce 6.5 hp (4.8 kW) at 8500 rpm, with a four speed gearbox using a centrifugal clutch semi-automatic transmission. SYM ended the production of the Symba in 2016.
At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda presented the EV-Cub concept vehicle, an electric motorcycle patterned after the venerable Super Cub, featuring two-wheel drive by means of electric motors mounted in the hubs of each of the wheels. Honda said they felt keeping the 1958 layout for their 21st-century concept bike made sense because, “the human body has not changed in the past 50 years,” and, “the size, shape, and position of all the Super Cub parts had a kind of necessity to them, and that the design of the Super Cub was very rational and rider-centric.”
Without the engine in the center of the frame or the fuel tank under the seat, there was room for a scooter-style underseat helmet compartment. Integrated with the new electric motorcycle was an interactive communications system, to let riders converse while riding. Several other companies, including Christini, KTM, Öhlins, and Yamaha have done development on two-wheel drive motorcycles, and have found that the addition of power to the front as well as the rear wheel aids in stability, particularly in corners and in the hands of novice riders. At the time Honda hinted that they would bring the EV-Cub to market in 2010. In a 2016 speech, Honda’s President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo said they planned to release the EV-Cub in Japan in about two years, followed later in other ASEAN markets