The Honda Tremendous Cub has been in manufacturing since 1958. In 2008, Honda introduced it produced 60 million items. By 2014, that quantity jumped to 87 million, and simply final yr Honda introduced it hit the 100-million unit mark.
Along with being the most-produced motorcar in historical past, it’s additionally the product that Honda launched its “You Meet the Nicest Individuals on a Honda” advertising and marketing marketing campaign round. This effort utterly revamped not solely Honda, however motorcycling’s picture within the US, whereas saving American Honda (and paving the way in which for importing Honda automobiles). It’s additionally one of the vital well-known items of advert work ever created—even used as a narrative arc for AMC’s Mad Males tv present.
To have a good time the 100-million mannequin mark, and preserve the Cub in sizzling demand, Honda has revamped the Tremendous Cub 50 and Tremendous Cub 110—bringing technical updates and a restyling that returns the bike to its roots. The engine updates are minimal, getting low-friction applied sciences utilized all through and a brand new, more durable and lower-friction piston and cylinder.
Honda has additionally added needle bearings to the shift drum axis to enhance the shift feeling by making it lighter and smoother, and the Tremendous Cub will get a brand new two-stage catalyzer muffler to adjust to emissions rules.
Lastly, there’s a brand new urethane seat materials and seat base design to enhance the consolation, and a bigger chain drive for improved sturdiness.
Extra vital, although, are the styling updates, which return the Cub to its ’60s roots. The entrance plastic leg protect has a flowing curve, eliminating a perceived angular line. The taillamp, likewise, is rounded and elongated, giving it a chic look.
Honda additionally added LED lighting to each the spherical headlight and indicators, each for longevity and look.
The bike has removable facet covers on either side, with the fitting facet permitting entry to the bike’s digital techniques and the left, storage for documentation and upkeep data.
Along with the Tremendous Cub 50 and Tremendous Cub 110, there are additionally “Professional” variations of each fashions which roll on smaller 14-inch (down from 17-inch) wheels and add a big entrance basket and bigger rear baggage rack.
Sadly, right now the brand new Honda Cub will solely be out there in Japan the place the bottom mannequin will retail for about $2,000.