Archive for the ‘Scooters’ Category

Joe’s Mini Bike Reunion – La Crescenta, CA

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For many people who love motorcycles, that relationship started when they were in grade school with a crude mini bike powered by a lawnmower motor. The lucky ones had a Honda Mini Trial, Trail 70, or XR75, which was like the Vincent Black Shadow of kid bikes. Joe’s Mini Bike Reunion, now in its eighth year, celebrates all those little bikes we loved as kids, plus the modern Grom, Ruckus, and others, which are still immensely popular with adults and young people.

Mini bikes got their start, like hot rods and much of modern motorized enthusiast culture, in the years after WWII.… Read the rest

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 lay-down 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

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