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. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Honda designed the folding scooter to fit into the back of any car, which would allow the owner to park outside the urban traffic of the city, and ride the last few miles. In a rare joint venture between Honda automotive and motorcycle divisions, the Honda City subcompact was designed specifically with a cargo space to accommodate the Motocompo. They even made a police version, for urban patrols. But while the City went on to huge success, it seems scooter riders were happy to do without a car, and just buy a slightly bigger scooter, because the little bike in a box only lasted for three years.
You can read more about the NCZ50 Motocompo on Wikipedia.
Clymer has never made a manual for this JDM mini scooter, but if you have one of the more common Honda minis, like the Z50 or CT70, our Honda 50-110 OHC Singles Manual has you covered.