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The Indomitable Little Honda – From Super Cub to ATC to Grom and Back Again

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There are few modern products of any type that are currently in production in a form anything like what they were 60+ years ago. A time traveler from the 1950s would barely recognize our modern cars, appliances, televisions, aircraft, or ships, yet the 2019 Honda Super Cub would immediately be recognized by anyone who had one back then. The new Super Cub (C100) evolves the same essential ingredients Soichiro Honda combined into the first prototype in 1957, and it has only gotten better with time. As a testament to the Honda laydown single, in all its variations, our manual for the 1965-99 Honda 50-110cc OHC singles is one of our top 25 books every year, even now.… Read the rest

Scooter ‘Round the World

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Basic personal transportation is the name of the game and, depending on where you are, it can range from two feet to four wheels. In the US, for example, the car is basic transportation, and there are plenty of people whose first vehicles were a beaten Civic or Blazer. Shift your gaze abroad, however, and it’s a very different story, and cars are a luxury that people just can’t afford. Instead, basic personal transportation is on two wheels, and many people count scooters and motorcycles as their first rides, perhaps their only ride.

Scooters vs Other Transportation

A scooter is basically a two-wheel motorized vehicle, not unlike a motorcycle, but not quite like one either.… Read the rest

1982 Honda Motocompo NCZ50 Folding Motor Scooter – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals caught this tiny Honda JDM motor scooter on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally in Kansas city. Never sold in the United States, the 50cc Honda Motocompo has become a cult favorite for its tiny size and boxy shape.

Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more.… Read the rest