Su­per Cub is back

Honda pays trib­ute to the world’s best-selling mo­tor­bike

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - SPIROS TSANTILAS

AL­MOST a month ahead of the 44th Tokyo Mo­tor Show, Honda has an­nounced a sec­ond wave of pro­to­types that will go on dis­play.

The head­liner of which is with­out a doubt the Su­per Cub Con­cept, a mod­ern take on the iconic 1958 moped that made Honda the gi­ant it is to­day.

Honda said it plans to re­veal 10 pro­to­types at the show, which opens to the media on Oc­to­ber 29, and has al­ready teased with the Ne­ow­ing ti­tling tri­cy­cle, the Light Weight Su­per Sport Con­cept and the reemer­gence of the EV-Cub. The pro­to­type Honda Su­per Cub Con­cept is pow­ered by a petrol en­gine of as yet un­de­fined type and bor­rows heav­ily on the orig­i­nal 1958 Su­per Cub.

The orig­i­nal be­came a world­wide com­mer­cial suc­cess, rose to cult sta­tus in south­east­ern Asian coun­tries, was copied by prac­ti­cally ev­ery Asian mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer and even pow­ers an Un­der­bone Grand Prix se­ries. Over 87 mil­lion bike sales world­wide up un­til 2014 were Su­per Cubs, mak­ing it pos­si­bly the most pop­u­lar twowheeler yet.

The mod­ern de­sign repli­cates faith­fully the orig­i­nal model down to the colour scheme ... even to the choice of small drum brakes.

Thank­fully, the lead­ing link front set-up has been re­placed by a nice in­verted fork to bring­ing func­tion­al­ity up to date some­what, as does the mod­ern dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel.

There is no fur­ther info to con­vey so far, apart from our guess that this must be a 50 cc en­gine, judg­ing from the 60 km/h that marks the speedome­ter’s up­per limit.

We’d ex­pect Honda to have shown this a few years back, namely in 2008 when the Su­per Cub was cel­e­brat­ing its 50-year an­niver­sary. In­stead, it in­tro­duced the EV-Cub, ap­par­ently with an iden­ti­cal de­sign to this new pro­to­type.

Honda was then im­ply­ing that we may see the elec­tric Cub in pro­duc­tion by 2010, which didn’t hap­pen. Still, it will be in­ter­est­ing to hear if there are any pro­duc­tion plans for this con­cept. There’s no doubt it would prove to be very pop­u­lar all over the world, es­pe­cially if it were pow­ered by a big­ger en­gine. Honda cur­rently has 110 cc and 125 cc Cub vari­ants in pro­duc­tion — the Wave and the Supra-X. — Giz­mag.

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De­tails of the en­gine in the pro­to­type Honda Su­per Cub con­cept are still to be an­nounced.

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