Honda C100 Super Cub

   
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Make Model

Honda C100 Super Cub

Year

1958 - 67

Engine

Single cylinder, 4-stroke, OHC

Capacity

49 cc / 3.0 cu in

Bore x Stroke

40 x 39 mm

Cooling System

Air cooled

Compression Ratio

8.5:1

Exhaust

One-into one

Ignition

Flywheel magneto

Starting

Kick

Max Power

3.4 kW / 4.5 hp @ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

3.2 Nm / 0.33 kgf-m / 2.4 lb-ft @ 8500 rpm

Clutch

Wet, semi-automatic

Transmission 

3-Speed

Final Drive

Chain

Frame

Pressed steel underbone

Front Suspension

Leading link

Front Wheel Travel

56 mm / 2.2 in

Rear Suspension

Swing arm

Rear Wheel Travel

61 mm / 2.4 in

Front Brakes

Expanding drum, 110 mm Ø

Rear Brakes

Expanding drum, 110 mm Ø

Wheels

Steel, laced wire spokes

Front Wheel

2.25 x 17 in

Rear Wheel

2.25 x 17 in

Dimensions

Length: 1780 mm / 70.1 in

Width:    570 mm / 22.6 in

Height:   610 mm / 24.0 in

Wheelbase

1180 mm / 46.5 in

Dry Weight

65 kg / 143 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

3.0 L / 0.79 US gal

Top Speed

69 km/h / 43 mph

 

The Cub in all its different forms went on to sell over 50 million units and is still in production today. It’s not only the most successful motorcycle in history but it is also the highest selling motor vehicle in history, financing Honda’s global domination of motor bikes for over half a century and making them the biggest engine producer in the world.

Motorising the population of Asia and selling millions of cheap and reliable hacks to America and Europe bankrolled Honda’s racing successes, from Phil Read on the Island to fast Freddie Spencer on the world stage. It financed innovative research and design which was to produce some of the aforementioned iconic bikes of the century, but the humble C100 is not iconic -- it’s seminal.