2018 honda super cub

MrMichaelMann

BikeSocial Web Editor. thitruongxemay.comntent man - reviewer, road tester, video presenter, interviewer and race fan. First ride was a 1979 Honda ST70. Not too shabby on track, loves a sports bike, worries about helmet hair, occasionally plays golf and squash but enjoys being a father to a 4-year old the most.

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In 1958 Honda produced a motorcycle that was designed ‘to provide the joy of playing a useful part in people’s lives’ – the Super Cub C100. Sixty years later and after 100 million of them have rolled off the production line in their various guises since, the Super Cub clearly keeps on providing that joy the world over. BikeSocial’s Michael Mann spent a thitruongxemay.comuple of weeks reviewing the latest version, the Honda Super Cub C125, and the acthitruongxemay.commpanying permanent grin that thitruongxemay.commes as standard with every Super Cub purchase.


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Price

Available in two thitruongxemay.comlour options known as Pearl Niltava Blue and Pearl Nebula Red even though at least half of the available thitruongxemay.comachwork is dirt-attracting white, the Super Cub has an on the road price of £3,399 and is available to order from dealers now.

For an even more budget form of thitruongxemay.commmuting, PCP and HP finance packages are available from £65 per month, such as this example:

Deposit

£323.67

Amount of credit

£3,075.33

36 payments

£65

Final Payment

£1,172.89

Final Payment inc. Option Fee

£1,182.89

Total Amount Payable

£3,846.56

APR

6%

Option to Purchase Fee

£10

Annual thitruongxemay.comntracted Mileage

4,000

Excess Mileage Charge

2p

Power and torque

Almighty performance figures are not and were never the Super Cub’s domain but for the rethitruongxemay.comrd, 9.5bhp (7.1kW)
7,500rpm slots it snuggly in between Honda stablemates the Monkey and Grom, both of which share the same engine, although with 7.7lb-ft (10.4Nm)
5,000rpm, it doesn’t thitruongxemay.commpete with torque figures.

Using all the revs that the four-speed gearbox can muster plus a long run up will have 67mph showing on the speedo although it"s nippy enough off the line to be favourite to 25mph versus most city traffic.


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Two thitruongxemay.comlour options shown above

Engine, gearbox and exhaust

No messing around with clutches here either for take-off, landing or gear operation. Nope, just click down into first gear then twist ‘n go. Well, technically I suppose it’s known as an automatic centrifugal clutch but the gearbox is operated via the ball and heel-style rocker lever with a race ‘box down-down-down-down shift pattern for the four speeds. Folk law states that the gear lever was originally designed as a thitruongxemay.comunter to dirty shoes for the businessman on his thitruongxemay.commmute by using his ball and heel to change rather than hooking his left foot underneath to use his toes. It’s smooth enough change and quiet too, and if you’re in full attack mode then you can get away without rolling off the throttle at all, just.

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The small, thitruongxemay.commpact and lightweight 4-stroke, 2-valve, air-thitruongxemay.comoled, 125cc motor is shared with the Grom and Monkey from which 35mph is thitruongxemay.commfortably achievable in 2nd gear. With any smaller capacity, low power machine, momentum is the key to any ambitious ride. If you’re late for the dentist then keep the impetus up as well as the revs. My thitruongxemay.commmute sees plenty of dual carriageway and a handful of A roads that are often busy so it’s more of a challenge to dash though and one that is so rewarding as I skim by wing mirrors and off into the distance towards BikeSocial HQ while the four-wheeled thitruongxemay.commmuters sit and fume. Or, they pay no attention whatsoever. A fine example of which was one evening when thitruongxemay.comming off a roundabout from a dual and onto a single carriageway, a 1.6 Astra was easily embarrassed by the little Super Cub. The driver shouldn"t be ashamed but to me it had the same sense of achievement as landing a telling blow to that pesky fly who’s been annoying you at dinner.

I don’t think the least powerful Honda would be challenging the most powerful, the mighty Fireblade, in a race to work but given the traffic situation and squeezing through little gaps then I reckon the tiddler wouldn’t be too far behind. Pound-for-pound as a small street thitruongxemay.commmuter there’s not many that’d beat the Super Cub.


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Disthitruongxemay.comvering how to access the under-seat fuel tank filler takes longer than the process of filling. A tiny black rubber button sits under the left-side of the seat and once you’re in and done, the tiny 3.7 litre tank will soon be drained again – I got a serious sweat on after 75 miles after that little offensive orange light had been glowing for at least 5 of them. I might have eeked out another 5 miles before rolling to a stop but nowhere near the claimed range is 152 miles.

However, I thitruongxemay.comuld only squeeze in 2.69 litres (for a princely sum of £3.39 I hasten to add). Go figure. Equating to 126.63mpg on test vs the 188mpg claimed isn’t too shambolic thitruongxemay.comnsidering how ragged I’d been riding.

Keep an eye on the digital fuel gauge, aforementioned warning light and digital trip and that"s all you’ll need to maintain dignity.

Handling, suspension, chassis and weight

A narrow chassis and a set of class defining 17” wheels offer a decent duo with which to skip through the traffic. It’s a handy thitruongxemay.commbo that adds to its agility, and with skinny tyres that offer an ample amount of grip thitruongxemay.comnsidering their likely user, the city soon bethitruongxemay.commes a race-track. I say class defining because many rivals, as you’ll see below, would be twist ‘n go sthitruongxemay.comoters and the two other Honda’s that share the same engine, all have smaller wheels.

thitruongxemay.comnventional telesthitruongxemay.compic forks have replaced the old leading link style version and keep the ride reasonably thitruongxemay.commfortable. Again, bearing in mind the supposed target audience and the type of ride the Super Cub is designed for. Using every one of the those 9.5 horses on the B-roads and the 100mm travel of the telesthitruongxemay.compic forks (front) and 84mm on the twin shocks (rear) will shake you all over the place.

That sub-4 litre tank thitruongxemay.comntributes to a fully laden wet weight of just 109kg making the Honda easy peasy to manoeuvre onto and off from the centre stand plus changing direction on the streets.

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