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The Honda Cub is 50 Plus Years Old

The Honda Cub is 50 Plus Years Old

The Honda Cub launched in Japan in August 1958 (the Honda Motor Co. was founded in 1948), completed 50 years of production in 2008 and it had alreadysold 60 million units three years back.The little moped that was conceived as a step-through, gained instant popularity in Asian countries of the South East, where the standard of living was not that high, way back then. It has also been selling well in the Western markets and in the African and the South American continents too!

This machine offered its tough, dependable, extremely easy to maintain, drive and maneuver characteristics in the South East Asian countries, where even the roads were not that well built or maintained. The Honda Cub has been a darling in countries like Philippines, Vietnam,Indonesia, Malaysia,Cambodia in the SE Asian region.

The Honda Boss late Siochiro Honda took personal interest in the Honda Cub, seeing the sheer sale volumes and the vast spectrum of buyers it was progressively attracting. He saw this machine achieve milestones and benchmarks one after the other during his lifetime. Not one to rest easy with the laurels,the engine went on to have continuous upgrades after adequate feed backs and research to perfect it all along the way.The result was an engine and a frame that could tolerate or overcome the worst of abuse on roads or no roads, dust, rain, snow,heat or whatever!

What was started with a two-stroke 50cc engine, within a few years became an OHV 100cc four-stroke (the C100) to power the machine. The four-stroke gave it an unmatched frugality on the fuel front.This OHV configuration later on was made into an OHC. The platinum point ignition gave way to capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) in the 1980’s to suit the stringent emission standards in some markets.

Electronic fuel injection that Honda calls PGM-FI fuel injection came along around 2007.

The Discovery Channel has placed the 1958 Cub in the first place in its 2006 Greatest Ever Series. Some songs have been composed to glamorize this machine like The Beach Boys hit Little Honda (1964).

What The Telegraph, London has to say:

The Greatest Machine ever: The Honda Cub is a thing of beauty and long may it endure-throw it in a canal, come back in 10 years, and you can still ride it to work!

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In India, the Honda Cub engine rocks our country finding its place in the Hero Honda and Honda (HMSL) bikes and scooters.

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Here is the 2008 official press release from Honda:

Cumulative worldwide production of Honda Cub series motorcycles reached the 60 million-unit milestone at the end of April 2008. Honda Super Cub C100, first introduced in Japan in 1958, has gained worldwide acceptance both as a business-use motorcycle and for daily transportation, and has been being enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries around the world. This August will mark the 50th anniversary of launching of Honda Cub series.

When Super Cub was originally launched, the 2-stroke engine was the mainstream power plant for motorcycles. However, the first generation Honda Super Cub C100 was equipped with an innovative and high-performance 50cc 4-stroke engine which was highly economical and durable.

Super Cub C100 also achieved creative and unique designs including the low-floor backbone frame which enhanced the ease of getting on and off, a centrifugal clutch system which required no clutch operations, and the installation of a large plastic leg shield which reduced the amount of dirt splatter and wind experienced by the rider. Since the introduction of the first generation model, the basic design and concept have remained virtually unchanged, and the unique style has been passed on even to current models.

In regions outside of Japan, such as Asia, the Honda Cub series has evolved to accommodate the unique culture and diversifying customer needs in each country. In Japan, an electronically-controlled fuel injection system, Honda’s PGM-FI, was installed on Super Cub in 2007, enhancing the environmental performance of the model. Demonstrated by these examples, Honda Cub has been continuously advancing throughout the world.

Exports of Super Cub began in 1959 with the first destination being the U.S. and production in regions outside of Japan began in 1961 in Taiwan, with production based on component parts sets. Since that time, based on Honda’s long-standing commitment to “build products close to the customer,” local production began in many other countries. The Honda Cub series is currently being produced in 15 countries around the world.

Last edited by anjan_c2007. 3rd September 2011 at 21:41 .


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