1958 Honda Super Cub

In 1958, Honda introduced the original Super Cub. It was a friendly and easy to ride "step-through" motorcycle that offered mobility to the masses. The Super Cub was quite revolutionary for its time (you can read all about it on the wikipedia entry), but its also noteworthy for being the world's most manufactured vehicle. The Super Cub has been in continuous production since it's introduction in 1958 with over 100 million units produced.

2019 C125 Honda Super Cub

To celebrate the Cub's 60th Anniversary, Honda created the C125 as a modern tribute to the original from 1958. I was very excited to hear about this in 2018, but even more excited when I learned that it would be sold in America. I immediately called the local Honda dealer and placed a deposit. I took delivery some time the next year (early 2019) and brought it home to my garage for storage.

I absolutely adore this machine, something of a piece of art to me rather than transportation. Fuel injection, aluminum wheels, front disc brakes with ABS, LED lighting, keyless smart ignition, a catalytic converter, and even a digital instrumentation. All of this modern stuff, but the lines and colors are paying respect to the original. Gotta love that red seat!

I've owned a few other motorcycles earlier in my life ('74 Honda CL360 Scrambler, '82 Yamaha XJ650, and a '99 Suzuki SV650), but I'm actually terrified of riding. I was hit by a truck while riding the Yamaha and never quite felt comfortable on the road afterwards. That was a long time ago, but everyone is fixated on their smartphones while driving these days and I feel the risks are even higher. With that in mind, I bought the C125 on an MSO (Manufacturer Statement of Origin) and I never titled or registered it. For now, it simply rests in my garage and I enjoy looking at it.

In 2019, I spent three months living in Japan and I was able to enjoy a lot of Super Cub content while there. It was particularly interesting to observe the C125 "as it was designed", considering that the US market version (USDM) was required to meet different regulations and the turn signals, rear lighting, and reflectors were changed for the worse. Further down the webpage, I have a guide (with part numbers and pricing) for how to convert your Cub from USDM to JDM spec, back to the way it should be.

I've also enjoyed collecting a ton of useful reference materials which I will share for you below. Please be patient, this is a work in progress!