Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pictured above is a 1961 SYM Cub 50.  Yes - SYM, not Honda.  From the early 1960's to 2002, SYM (originally "Sanyang") manufactured Honda motorcycles in Taiwan under license.  This looks like a C100 model.  SYM still sells a bike derived from the Super Cub - the 100cc, fuel-injected "Symba"!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Honda Introduces the "Cross Cub" - New Version of the CT90/110!

Honda continues to surprise me with the way they keep coming back to their classic Cub and apply new ideas to it - or, as the case with this latest Cub variant, a new take on another classic, the CT90/CT110 series (known in some parts of the world as the, "Postie Bike").
Pictured here is the CC110, dubbed the, "Cross Cub" to convey the crossover design that aims this bike at both street off-street (trail) markets.  Unlike the CT series of yesteryear, it features an optional legshield (see last frame), turn signals, fuel-injection and an electric start. For trail appeal, it has the familiar up-swept exhaust (although with a new, more integrated look), aggressive street/trail tires, a rear rack, and a protective cage around the headlight.  The old CT-series colors are back as well - yellow and red.  Sa-weet!  Click here to view a Youtube video walk-around.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Taiwan: The Ubiquitous "Business Cub"

They're all over the place.  Newer models are fuel-injected.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The (continued) Evolution of the Honda Super Cub

Well, if you hoped 2012 was a fluke, you (and I) were wrong. Pictured above is the 2013 Super Cub.  Notice the scooter-style rear fender and "modernized" front headlamp?  Another step in making the Cub look more like the Innova!  Come on, Honda designers!  The 2011 model, with its tubular steel frame and plastic "body" at least looked like the classic Cub we all know and love.  This new direction is a wrong turn, IMHO!  I particularly hate the rear-end:  plastic bolt-on fender and weird indentations for the rear shock absorbers ("cushions", in British-speak).  UGH!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Fly Scout is Back (sort of)!

Remember the Scout by Fly Scooters? The company went out of business in 2010, having just introduced the Scout earlier that year. I, for one, didn't act fast enough to get one. Well, here it is again, available in the USA once more! It's the exact same bike as the Scout, re-christened as the "Metro" and sold under the BMS brand name. The Scout was warmly received by the Honda Cub enthusiast community, partly due to its closer resemblance to the classic Honda C100/C102/C70/Passport of earlier decades compared to the (albeit much better made) SYM Symba, which is the only other "Cub" style motorcycle currently available in the USA. Although this particular "version" of the cub costs considerably less than the Symba ($1600 delivered, vs $2400 MSRP (not including dealer prep/delivery)), don't expect it to come even close to either Honda or SYM in terms of quality. A Fly Scout owner went over the bike very thoroughly and found some pretty flimsy welds in places (such as the front fork stem) that, if they were to fail, would cause a crash and potential injury or death for the rider. The Symba is made by SYM, a world-class manufacturer of scooters, motorcycles, and automobiles, and is distributed in the USA by Alliance Powersports through a network of authorized dealers.  The Metro is sold direct to retail customers, albeit through "dealers" (like this one).