Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Honda recently revealed a prototype Super Cub that is powered by dual electric hub motors and (I assume) a lithium battery. If this is more than just an engineering exercise, we may see the venerable Cub lead the way to the next paradigm in 2-wheeled transport! More details here.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
That kid looking out the back window could have been me. I was 8 years old in 1965. In recent years I bought one of those hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers for hauling around my Super Cub, but it just didn't work: the suspension on my Outback wagon couldn't handle the weight. I guess I could have installed stiffer shocks, but I decided to go with a trailer instead, which worked fine.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I had never heard of the "Hondells" before I ran across this video on YouTube. Apparently, they were one of those fictitious groups formed by a producer (in this case, Gary Usher) using studio musicians. They recorded and released Brian Wilson's "Little Honda" in 1964, before the Beach Boys did, and it was a hit. It looks like they used four white C100's, brand-spanking-new! I would have preferred a bit less bouncing, but I guess they were trying to give the impression of youthful kinetic energy or something, within the constraints of a studio stage. Did they rehearse? Not much, apparently - they don't all seem to be together on the lip-synching or choreography. Who did the lighting? Terrible! Nice balancing, girls - sort of, well, not really. Oh, and, "CUT! Girl on bike no. 1, TAKE OFF THOSE GLASSES!"
If you'd like to read more about the Hondells - here's their Wikipedia page.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Rob is an American young man living in Japan. What makes him a one-of-a-kind among the human race is, in addition to his talents with a video camera and editing console, he has a heart for the Honda Super Cub! Naturally, as he resides in a country where the Cub is not only ubiquitous but is also still available brand new in Honda dealerships, he bought one a few years ago and has shared his happy experiences, often via video, on his "Adventures of a Super Cub" blog ever since. For this, his fellow American Super Cub lovers are eternally grateful (and jealous)! He recently posted the above short. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Well, I did it again! I bought a 1965 Super Cub that runs, has a title, but needs significant work. My wife, who loves me in spite of it, thinks I've got a screw loose. She's probably right. But, somehow, this bike really appeals to me, and I got it at a reasonable price. One thing I learned early in this restoration hobby is not to buy a bike that has no title - getting a replacement title in the State of New Jersey is kind of like - impossible.
What I plan to do in this project is rebuild the motor, add a 4th gear to the transmission, add turn signals and a corresponding turn signal control to the handlebar, install new rims and tires, replace the exhaust, re-cover the seat, and maybe even paint the frame. Then I'll ride it around for a while and pass it on to somebody who will take care of it for the rest of its "life".
Engine rebuild: CT Trail Bikes - http://www.cttrailbikes.com
Seat cover, blinkers, blinker handlebar switch: Ebay (most items from East Asia)
New wiring harness (that supports blinkers): Apex Cycle - http://www.apexcycle.com
Tires/tubes: Beatrice Cycle - http://www.dratv.com
Other parts: Ohio Cycle - http://www.ohiocycle.com
Frame painting: TBD (probably a local auto paint shop - one who's motto is, "No job too large or small".
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The above photo is one of my all-time "Celebrity + Super Cub" favorites. Two unique examples of intelligent design - the Honda Super Cub and William F. Buckley. Perfect together, aren't they? In my opinion, only a free society could produce a design like the Super Cub, and Buckley seems to "get it". Could anything so simple, practical, and pleasing to the eye ever come out of the Soviet Union, Cuba, Communist China, or any other place where the human mind and spirit are (or were) repressed?
This is an '81 C70. It was mechanically sound, and all I did was to clean it up and style it a bit to look like the bike in the "Look of Love" Youtube video. It was a lot of fun, though.