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« on: June 08, 2018, 05:43:01 AM »

Honda is bringing the Super Cub and Trail back (though I think they've screwed up on the Trail by calling this new iteration the "Monkey"). The hipsters will be all over them, though they will probably find a fair bit of traction among racers and sports types as pit, tailgating, and camping bikes.

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/06/08/honda-super-cub-best-selling-vehicle-all-time-returns-to-usa.html







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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 06:12:55 AM »

I like the Super Cub, but I have no need or use for one. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 06:16:18 AM »

The Mini Trails were originally called Monkey bikes back in the 60s/70s. The first one was imported into the states in 1968, the Z50A.

Here is the 1970 version:



When you were tired of meeting the nicest people you could go away from them for some solitude. Wink

A 1970 Monkey just sold at one of the big auctions (Meecum) for close to 4k, it was in mint condition.


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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 06:27:30 AM »

when I was a kid, we had that little 70 Bob posted and we took it camping, mounted to the back of the truck /cabover camper combo. It was a hoot at the campsites.

I also one time in the early 80s traded an old pistol for the Trail 90, which resembles that Super Cub, but more off-road oriented. That one was fun too. The previous owner, my old boss in the oil patch, had painted the name "The Bone Crusher" on it, due to the injuries his family racked up.  laugh
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2018, 06:47:42 AM »

The trail 90 (and later 110 iirc) were real off-road machines. Centrifugal clutch and hi lo range 4x2 gears.
I remember my cousin coming off the mountain into deer camp on one. (We had 2 at one time) he had a 4x4 whitetail onboard with its head lashed to the front rack, neck over the handlebars and hind lashed to the rear rack. Cousin was riding high in the saddle up on top of the deer. We watched his headlight wobbling closer for a long time trying to figure out what was going on.
My son in law bought an original 110 last year in excellent condition and a one owner. Had the tool kit and spare gas tank, only thing that didn't work was the 6v headlight which apparently is not available.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2018, 08:11:39 AM »

I had a SuperCub back in the late 70's and early 80's.  It was called the C70/Passport then.  I rode it from the U-District in Seattle to my job on Pill Hill for several years back when I was at the UW. As reliable as all get-out, and I could do all the maintenance myself.  A great bike.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2018, 08:52:18 AM »

A really old super cub was the first motorcycle I rode (my former BIL found it in a barn, and brought it up to the family cabin).
$3500-4000 seems sort of steep in the recent motorcycle market though...
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2018, 06:47:40 PM »

Had a Cub 50 when they were still sold new and the original "Monkey" as well. Dad was a sales rep and they were his demo bikes. I wore them OUT!
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2018, 09:43:45 AM »

A really old super cub was the first motorcycle I rode (my former BIL found it in a barn, and brought it up to the family cabin).
$3500-4000 seems sort of steep in the recent motorcycle market though...

Those are MSRP, so the street price should be lower.  I'd guess well under $3,000 for the base model.
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2018, 04:34:50 PM »

Here in Japan I sometimes see people cruising around on the Monkey and another one called a Gorilla. Had never seen them before until here. Want to pick one up, although I've never ridden on a motorcycle before. Just think they look neat. lol
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 02:23:03 PM »

I don't see this succeeding.

The original Cub was 50cc, legally a moped. You could ride it with a regular license, or no license, in some places.

These things are 125, meaning they require MC plates and and an MC endorsement. Once you go through the trouble of getting the endorsement, why would you get a tiny bike like that? I don't think it's highway-capable.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 03:10:11 PM »

why would you get a tiny bike like that? I don't think it's highway-capable.

City driving.  For fun and giggles. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 04:58:25 PM »

I wish they'd bring back the CB250/CB350 twins.

They make a somewhat nice CB125, but it's styled a bit too much like a crotch rocket wannabe -- and AFAIK it's not available in CONUS.

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 05:08:00 PM »

Here's an even better one, also not imported into the U.S. The original is a Honda, but there are Chinese copies of it all over South America under a dozen or so different brand names.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX4RYxah0eA

One of the Chinese Honda clones:

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