A factory original UK Honda C90-G Cub with an incredible 193 miles from new!
Introduced in 1958, the Honda Cub/Super Cub has been in continuous manufacture ever since and production surpassed 100 million in 2017 making it the most produced motor vehicle in history. The idea for a new 50cc motorcycle was conceived in 1956 when Honda Motor’s Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa toured Germany and witnessed the popularity of mopeds. The requirement however for the motorcycle to succeed in the developing world was, primarily simplicity, and larger wheels than those of a moped in order to cope with badly surfaced roads, or indeed non-existent roads in rural regions. Another requirement of Takeo Fujisawa was that the bike could be ridden one handed whilst carrying a tray of soba noodles, siting that the vast numbers of soba noodle shops in Japan would no doubt want one as a delivery bike. The iconic and phenomenally successful Honda Cub series is widely credited for mobilising and in large part, revolutionising the developing world.
Pressed steel underbone frame, 12-volt electrics, capacitor discharge ignition (CDI), polyethylene leg guard/cowling, black long seat, 3-speed clutchless transmission, fully enclosed drivetrain, horn, primary coupled kick-starter, black finish indicator housing, two adjustable mirrors, speedometer, odometer, turn signal switch, headlight switch, neutral indicator, rear footrests, helmet lock, side storage with toolkit. Dealer options; Rickman Type 23 Fairing kit, middle mount luggage rack, Oxford Essential top box.
This wonderful 1991 C90-G is finished in iconic Shuttle Blue Metallic, (Code PB121), with Cortina White leg protector faring. Having covered just 193 miles from new, this collector’s example has never been restored and still boasts first paint credentials, virtually unheard of. Markings to the front mudguard and a scratch to the lower faring are entirely forgivable and do not spoil the appearance. All metal is in remarkable shape having never been welded or repaired with the original exhaust only having microscopic pitting and the engine casing slight tarnishing. Stanley indicator lenses remain fitted and the polyethylene leg guard/cowling has no cracks. Factory decals below the seat and original stickers and warning labels will further delight originality seekers, as will the factory badges. The comfortable dual seat black seat covering is also factory fitment with no rips or tears and the toolkit is present in the side locker. All switchgear, lights and instruments are fully functional. This unspoilt C90 is deliciously retro and a fitting tribute to this Honda icon.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The air cooled 4-stroke 90cc engine develops 7.5bhp at 7500rpm enough to keep up with modern city traffic and perfect for the daily commute. The 3-speed rotary system transmission with automatic clutch is easy to use and in perfect working order. Surprisingly nippy and a lot of fun!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Steel rim/wire spoke wheels are pristine and display correct outer rim stampings and are shod in Yokohama 2.50-17 tyres. The tyres have excellent tread and should be retained but being original fitment, if regular use is intended should be changed. Leading/trailing drum brakes stop the bike quickly and safely.
Despite many minor revisions since its launch in 1958, the Honda Cub style and ethos as a bike for the masses has remained constant, and it is no surprise that true iconic status is firmly cemented. This UK supplied C90-G Cub example was registered new on 25th June 1991 by Q.B Motorcycles to Mr J Burford. Being used to the comfort of motor vehicles his experience on his first and only motorcycle was not enjoyed and after a few short commutes the car was soon favoured once more. The bike remained tucked away in his garage for the next 19 years unused before being purchased by bike collector Mr Robin Victor who part exchanged it with Roy Jervis Motor Cycles, renowned for low mileage classic bikes. The previous third owner, Mr Cartledge, purchased it from Roy Jervis in December 2011 and only parted with it to buy a one owner 2001 Harley Davidson 1200C Sportster with 300 miles from KGF Classic Cars!
All handbooks, spare keys and manuals are included along with previous MOT certificates. The original Honda Owners Card and brochure are also present. Everything about these bikes is legendary from their go anywhere ability, phenomenal reliability and even the famously successful marketing slogan, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”, which ran from 1963 for 12 years and is still used today as a marketing case study. An excellent example of one of the most significant motor vehicles ever created.
MOT March 2022, HPI Clear.
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