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Honda Super Cub 50

Kickstand Classic: Honda Cub (Honda 50) – Vietnam’s Immortal Classic

January 15, 2014

the world’s most numerous vehicle? Honda produced 60 Super Cubs in the fifty from 1958 to 2008, and worldwide production still at well over four a year since 2004, the is likely over 80 million as end of 2013.  For comparison, produced 15 million of the Model T 1908 to 1927, Volkswagen 21 million Beetles from to 2003, and Toyota had made 40 Corollas as of 2013, but in 11 distinct generations.

The Super Cub has introduced of millions of people in numerous to motorized transportation.  One of those is Vietnam, where the Super Cub during the 1960s and continues to be a institution as the do-everything vehicle.  The abound with Super of all ages, hard at work day for their owners who pilot without nostalgia or consideration of status.

They are true classics.

Americans have the Super Cub before, but not in substantial since the 1960s.  First in 1959 as the Honda 50 (Piper owned the rights to the Super Cub in the U.S.), it was the subject of the legendary meet the nicest people on a advertising campaign.  Honda it to serve as the most basic with a four … single cylinder engine a mere 4.5 horsepower and a top speed of 43 miles per hour.

It delivered over 100 miles per gas mileage along with reliability and durability.

A horizontally cylinder and pressed-steel backbone with a low structural member, called an “underbone” frame, the Super Cub a convenient step-through and a very low center of gravity made it easy for beginners to The Honda 50 faded in the U.S. as Honda emphasized its increasingly displacement sports machines, selling in the U.S. in 1984 as the C70 with an enlarged 72cc

In Vietnam, on the other hand, the Cub started a dynasty of single Honda motorcycles that has the country’s motor vehicle since the 1960s.  An example of the Super Cub is on the right, its underbone fully visible with the leg shield removed.  To its left are two of the Honda Dream, a 1980s of the Super Cub design with an 100cc engine and a telescopic in place of the Super Cub’s link fork.

  On the far left are two of the Wave, a further development of Cub concept from 1996, a new tubular steel underbone frame, bodywork, and 100cc, 110cc, and engine options, with the version the first to be externally and incompatible with the original Cub engine mounts.

All three are in simultaneously, and together they up the vast majority of the motor in Vietnam and continue to dominate in what has become the fourth market for motorcycles in the world, 2.69 million new motorcycles in 2010.

The Super Cub lineage also blatant copies produced in This Chinese-made Loncin copies the horizontal single engine, underbone frame, and layout of the Super Cub, a telescopic fork making it to a Dream.  Lower-priced Chinese of the Super Cub grew in popularity in during the 2000s, but the genuine product remains universally (Note that the owner of Loncin felt the need to put stickers on his front fork, in an not to look like someone who not afford a real Honda.)

of the reason for Honda’s ongoing domination of the Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast is that since the late company has been offshoring of its small motorcycles to the low-wage of their end users.  Honda producing the Super Cub in Vietnam in and in 2011, Honda expanded its in Vietnam to three plants a total capacity of 2.5 million per year.

The Super Cub first in Vietnam during the 1960s in the of the Vietnam War, and it immediately a mark of prosperity in what was an agrarian society.  Many Cubs in the streets look they date back to era, such as these parked across the street Ben Thanh Market in Saigon.  are rusty, dented, casually painted, and missing parts all but they continue to serve owners as faithful everyday

The vast majority of Super and their descendants are from the onward, after Vietnam away from socialism and to experience rapid economic They include these two Waves parked with uniformed owners, slightly the street from the bikes in the photo.  Next to them are two painted in the style of sport all over the world, in Repsol

Super Cubs, Dreams, and all are seen on the streets carrying loads.  An entire family of riding on one is nothing unusual, many times each on any busy street, with the riding on the laps of their Equally common are these carrying cargoes that belief.

  Bags hanging handlebars, baskets strapped to the boxes and buckets balanced on the and between the rider’s legs, bundles of rice bags or – riders in Vietnam do it all, day.

Often, riders do not using straps or other and simply rely on gravity and use of their left hands to their cargoes secure.  All with not worth a moment’s from anyone.

A stack of bottles taller than the head is not enough, when all of additional space between the lap and the handlebars is also available.

propane for cooking or heating? A Cub will handle your cylinders with ease.

Propane home delivery No problem for the Super Cub!

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wheelers made from the halves of Super Cubs accomplish feats of strength one would believe to be impossible only 50cc.  Delivering two glass windows, complete entire frame assemblies, is a job for a full pickup or van back in the U.S.  In it is just another everyday job – a very slow moving probably spent entirely in gear – for a Super Cub three


You are probably getting the impression Super Cubs are like the UPS of Vietnam.  You would be only right, because the Super Cub and its are the actual UPS trucks of Vietnam.  Big Trucks are nowhere to be seen, but are Small Brown Motorbikes.

  The top of the delivery bikes give security than the simple straps (or gravity and hands) by most people, but never seen anyone in Vietnam their cargo, I think the top boxes make UPS’ riders look like

I would prefer to have my made by these guys.  In you can’t identify what are carrying, it’s a full mirror approximately six feet/two Carrying this awkward and cargo clearly was of no great as I could see them smiling and chatting at stoplights.

  Other outlandish cargoes spotted but not were a four wheeled luggage cart (the sits on the frame loops, stepladders, and a pole at least 8 long in a solo rider’s hand, making him look he was heading to a Super Cub Joust

Keeping Super Cubs is an easy task given reliability and ease of repair, and well-equipped garages see to it.  work being easy on simple machines, though, the sidewalk as a workshop for most jobs.  sidewalk repair shop to be permanently in business at a street corner, with walking through it.

  The the right, next to the blue had its engine completely disassembled, and crankcase broken down parts on the sidewalk for a complete rebuild.

Vietnam’s rising under its increasingly free economic system has allowed Vietnamese riders to go beyond the old Cub and its derivatives.  Bigger-displacement Japanese are sometimes seen, such as three Honda sport wearing many of the usual seen on such machines in the world, including carbon exhaust cans and remote shock absorbers.

  A few Ducatis on the streets, with the normally actually looking monstrously amid the Super Cubs, and first Harley-Davidson dealership in late 2013.  The Super Cub and its will continue to abound in for many decades to come,

Many years from the Super Cub may achieve the status of a classic in Vietnam as a newly generation, driving BMWs and stops using them as transportation but decides to collect the of their youth.  Honda the Super Cub as one of its foundational products, part soul of the company, so much so it made an electric EV-Cub one of its concept vehicles in 2009.

In Western countries where its as a mainstream vehicle was short, it has widely acclaimed, featured in the Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibit and the greatest motorcycle of all time in the Channel’s The Greatest Ever In Vietnam, where the Super Cub and its have been the main vehicle for several decades and had great economic and cultural the Super Cub’s place in and in people’s memories is assured.

  the Super Cub already in production for 55 the design will be a senior in human years by then, many people in Vietnam in family’s third generation of Cub ownership.  It is a remarkable chapter in the of motor vehicles that is being written.

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