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 Post subject: My Japanese Nostalgic Scooter: Honda Supercub
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:14 pm 

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Unfortunately I do not currently own a JNC, however I would like to share my primary mode of transportation as it is a Japanese Nostalgic motorcycle/scooter. It is a 1982 Honda C70 Passport, more famously known as the Honda Supercub. I bought this little scooter in need of TLC for $250 four years ago, rebuilt the engine/transmission, and have accumulated over 10,000 trouble free miles since. It is definitely the most fun and reliable vehicle I have owned. The Honda Supercub is probably the most important and influential vehicle ever built by Honda. Over 60 MILLION have been built since it was introduced in 1958, not including countless clones and knock-offs. The Supercub helped change the face of motorcycling in America and continues to be a vital means of transportation in developing contries, especially in Asia. My Supercub has become an integral piece of my life that would be hard to part with.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:58 pm 
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It looks very good, I didn't knew this scooter (here is more popular the italian Vespa)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:47 pm 
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I love it. And I love that you've put so many miles on it. It's a shame you can't buy a new one from Honda in the US any more.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:21 pm 

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It is unfortunate they are unavailable in the U.S. because as of 2007, Honda has begun offering them with fuel injection for the Japanese market. I wish I could get my hands on that fuel injection setup for my '82.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:56 pm 
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i would love to own one especially for the small town i live in. 50cc, right? do you need a motorcycle license?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:23 pm 

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It is 70cc's which legally qualifies it as a motorcycle in most states, so yes you need a motorcycle license. I actually bought it when I was going to school in McPherson, Kansas, a small town in the middle of nowhere. It was amazing riding it around there, as they are definitely built for low speeds, maybe 45 mph tops. I could ride from town to town on dirt roads at my own pace and see no other cars for miles. Down in Texas there is much more traffic and crazy drivers, so longer trips take a little planning to find lesser traveled roads with lower speed limits.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:05 pm 
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Here in Oregon the maximum you can go before your required to have a motorcycle/moped endorsement is 50cc and max speed of 35mph above those and your needing one of those PITA endorsements.


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You did a really great job rebuilding your scooter. I appreciated the history lesson on the Supercub!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:53 pm 
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You should bring this to the local JNC meet this weekend. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:28 am 
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Here in Spain these small motorcycles can be used with a common driving license (for cars) or a license for small motorcycles (very easy to obtain, only eight hours of class and a little exam)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:06 am 
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Its elder brother the Honda 50 came with electric starter :tu:
I didn't know they still producing it for Japanese market.. the injection set up sounds great. Have not heard of local C70 fans using injection, they only use engine parts from a current 100cc model which gives this little baby serious speed..


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:48 pm 

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Nice scooter! :D

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I want one! Although I haven't gotten off my butt to research. Are there any good US-based websites devoted to these?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:46 am 
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ben wrote:
I haven't gotten off my butt to research.


Well, in trying to do that myself, just found this... :P

http://www.retrothing.com/2009/04/the-h ... e-usa.html


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:54 pm 

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Are there any good US-based websites devoted to these?

There is a Yahoo Group based in the U.S. devoted to the C70. It is a message board mainly geared toward people who already own a Supercub, since most posts are simply people seeking advice on how to fix broken scooters. Unfortunately, similar to vintage Japanese cars, these little bikes do not have much of a following in the U.S. Mostly you can just find brief descriptions about their history.


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Well, in trying to do that myself, just found this...

The SYM Symba scooter looks pretty nice, definitely at the top of the clones. I actually saw a few of these at a scooter store while riding to Fort Worth. From a distance, I thought they were Supercubs so I stopped in. I just looked at them briefly. 100cc's versus 70 and 4-speed versus 3 sounds good, but the price was a bit steep, around $2600. You could buy 3 or 4 real Supercubs for that price. Personally, I am partial to the real thing.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:00 pm 
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bender wrote:
The SYM Symba scooter looks pretty nice, definitely at the top of the clones. I actually saw a few of these at a scooter store while riding to Fort Worth. From a distance, I thought they were Supercubs so I stopped in.


Was that at the scooter store on 26? Been meaning to stop in there sometime...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:52 pm 

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Yes it was on 26.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:25 pm 
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I have a serious cub fetish.

The new ones with PGM-FI get outrageous mileage.


Here's Bow's 50th Anniversary Cub tribute:



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