If my review of the new Honda Super Cub has you jonesing for the bike that started it all, here’s a 50+ year old survivor that helped make American Honda the force it is today.
I touch upon this on my review of the new bike, but it’s hard to overstate how important the C100 was. When Honda first entered the US motorcycle market in 1959, the entire US motorcycle market was approximately 50,000 units a year. By December of 1962, Honda was selling over 40,000 units/year by themselves. The C100 changed what motorcycling meant in America, and that was even before Honda released the famous “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” marketing campaign in 1963!
As part of my time at the Super Cub launch, Honda gave me the opportunity to ride a C100 that’s currently in their museum. It was an absolute joy, and it’d be such an adorable in-town runabout:
This example (VIN: C100-P026759) has 3,321 miles and it’s now claimed to be a decent runner thanks to the seller, who acquired it years ago in a non-running state. He installed plenty of new parts (tires, tubes, seat, leg shield, tank emblems, fuel lines, condenser, points, etc), rebuilt the carb, replaced several missing parts with used ones, and got the bike to what he says is “excellent mechanical condition” after a recent tune-up by a Honda mechanic.
Find this Super Cub for sale in La Quinta, California for $1,500 or best offer