Post-Listing Update: This Honda CL100 Suitcase Cycle did not get any bidders at $3,499.
The 1974 Honda CL100 was a one-cylinder scrambler that with a 99cc engine that produced 11.5 horsepower. What makes this specific example so special is that it has been converted by a third party company to fit into a suitcase for easy transport on airplanes!
The story begins in the ’60s, when the concept of “general aviation” began to take off. Average citizens could earn their pilot’s license and travel for business and/or pleasure. But once you got to an airport far from home, ground transportation could be a problem. A former United Airlines pilot, Lawrence Shapiro, saw a need that could be satisfied with motorcycles. Suitcase Cycles sold about 1,000 bikes before production came to an end – according to Shapiro this came due to product liability laws. ”
“This was a time when everyone began being sued for anything and everything. Plus, some of our suppliers were told by Honda and Suzuki not to sell motorcycles to us. They still did but I believe they suffered consequences from the big boys.”
For more information on Suitcase Cycle, check out this link from Check-Six, an aviation history site. I highly recommend you check out this page, which shows a few photos of a bike being loaded into a Cessna 172.
This specific Honda CL100 Suitcase Cycle is almost all original (when’s the last time you saw Nitto motorcycle tires?), and runs great. You’ll get the original bill of sale, owner’s handbook, period advertisements and brochure, and other documentation.
Find this Honda CL100 Suitcase Cycle for sale in Marne, Iowa with an opening bid of $3,499