The bike was known as the Honda 50 or C50 in the UK (to avoid confusion with the Triumph Tiger Cub) and the Passport in the USA (Piper aircraft used the name Super Cub)
|Early '70's C50|
The story of the Cub started in 1956 when Honda's founders Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa visited Germany and noticed the popularity of small motorcycles and scooters. They came up with the idea of a "universal motorcycle" that would appeal to a wide range of buyers in the West and the developing world. They rejected the scooter concept because the small wheels could not cope with poor roads in developing areas and because the enclosed engine made maintenance difficult.
The bike is no longer in Honda's range in the West having been superseded by scooters but its popularity not only continues but is increasing. It is currently produced in 15 countries from Viet Nan to Peru. The first 50 million units took from 1958 until 2005 to produce but that figure has now doubled.
|The Cub was marketed in the US using this famous campaign. Honda was trying to attract customers who weren't motorcyclists.|
|In the developing world the Cub is used for load carrying|
|The NSU Quickly had many of the features of the Cub and is likely to have inspired its design|
A new version of the Cub was recently shown. Why change a winning formula? It seems that this bike is to be sold in the UK.