To celebrate Honda Super Cub production topping 100 million units, Honda spoke to a handful of proud owners about what makes theirs so special. From £35 bargains to RAF-inspired racers!
01 - Max Brown
I love the Cub so much, I have a tattoo of one on my arm. This one I called The Shrimp after my grandfather, who had the same nickname in the RAF because of his height. He was a Spitfire squadron leader, and you’ll see I have his trademark painted shrimp on the battery cover. I’ve tried to re-create a bike that looks like it’s been dropped out the back of a military transport plane.
02 - Darren Galloway
I bought it from my friend in the summer of 1994 for £35. It never missed a beat – and I rode it all day, every day of the school summer holidays in the fields at the back of my nan’s house. Such good memories. I’d say it’s where my love of bikes started. These days, I own a CBR 1000RR.
03 - Harry Mitchell
Over the years, my Cub has evolved from a knackered pizza-delivery bike, rescued from a skip in east London, to a race-ready endurance weapon. When we first got it, we found the front sprocket had hardly any teeth – and had been welded to the output shaft. With such a low power output, it was vital to change the sprockets for different circuits, we treated the 40,000-mile engine to a full rebuild – as well as a new output shaft and a few juicy, race legal modifications thrown in along the way.
04 - Anthony McInerheney
The Seasider is a lightweight commuter. It’s a bike you’d be happy to whip down the shops on. A bike you’d be happy to pop down the beach on before catching a couple of waves. Most of all, it’s a bike you’d be happy just to ride.
It was a bit of a hybrid motorbike bicycle story. We wanted a bike, we just didn’t want to peddle. Parts were sourced from around Indonesia, like the handlebars and head light, stripped back, polished up before being married to a stripped back and bored out Honda C70 Cub. We imported some rims and switches from Japan, built an exhaust and had the little leather shop up the street create something unique.
05 - George-Adrian Mortu
In 2008, they didn’t sell new or used Cubs in Romania. My love affair with the world’s greatest ever motorcycle may never have started, were it not for a hopeful phone call to a Honda service department. Turns out they had one in storage that had been gathering dust for 10 years. Here’s a photo of it from the day of purchase: 19 April 2008. In April I bought my fifth C90 on eBay, with 12,895 miles on the clock.