Super Cub is back
Honda pays tribute to the world’s best-selling motorbike
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Thankfully, the leading link front set-up has been replaced by a nice inverted fork to bringing functionality up to date somewhat, as does the modern digital instrument panel.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.
Details of the engine in the prototype Honda Super Cub concept are still to be announced.