HONDA CUB

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by HIKO, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. HIKO

    HIKO Ol'Timer

    50 YEARS OLD AND 60 MILLIONS MANUFACTURED!!!!

    At the end of April 2008 Honda Cub reached the 60 million mark and in August it is 50 year since it birth.
    The first year it was manufactured was 1958 and almost 25.000 rolled out of the assembly line, a high figure at that time.
    Then production then grew sex fold every year and then it stabilised at 500.000-800.000 up to 1993 when it boomed again, braking the one million mark in 1994 and the last fiscal year ending in March 2008 Honda produced almost 5 million units!!!!

    No other motor vehicle is close to these Honda Cub figures. The is closest competitor is probably Volkswagen Golf with approx. 25 million vehicles in 2005 overtaking the Beattle as the most sold motor vehicle in the world according to all newspapers. They forgot the Honda Cub, by that time sold about 45 million. HONDA RULES!!!

    When Soichiro Honda decided to start production of the CUB all other competitors in small size motorbikes used 2-stroke engines. Mr. Honda chooses the 4-stroke because it was much more economical, reliable and long lasting. He knew, from the experience of building up a war torn Japan, all developing countries in the world need a reliable and economical motor vehicle to transport people and goods. Probably he didn’t understand what impact his “vision” would have in all the poor countries all over the world. Those of you that have travelled to Cambodia, Laos and other emerging economies have seen with your own eyes that the backbone of the transport system consists of Honda Cubs and copies of it. You have the huge loads they can take and I have personally seen Honda Cub Trailer taxis carrying 48 persons!!!! Even here in Thailand you can still see the Cubs doing heavy transports and most of the local personal transports all over the country are handled by Honda Cubs and it’s a likes.

    I thought that the Nobel Peace Prize cannot be given to persons not living any more but when I checked the list of Nobel Prizes Winners, I saw and remembered that UN secretary Dag Hammarskold got it just after his death, posthumously . It can also be given to organisations so PLEASE give it to Soichiro Honda posthumously and the Honda Corporation for its role of full filing the dreams of Soichiro Honda putting the developing world on wheels and making the wheels working there. The Honda CUB has done more for the development of the poor countries than any UN contribution and UN organizations have got the prize almost 10 times. Also if you check the person lists of Prize Winners I think that you can agree that the Honda CUB has done more for developed countries, thus promoting peace, than Alan Gore, Jimmy Carter Jr, Yasser Arafat, Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho etc. Actually there is no other person or organisation on the list who has had an bigger impact on this world than Soichiro Honda with his Honda CUB. So the Norwegian Government pls wake up.

    Here are the CUB:s the first picture an original 1958 Honda C100 and second picture the 2007 Honda CUB, or is it the other way around? Not so much changes.

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    Honda launched the Honda CUB also for the American market. This is a part of the fantastic story how Honda entered the American market. Honda had no money at all to use for the project, but succeeded to obtain a few million dollar credit from some Japanese export Bank. The credit was due to approval of the Government which refused to approve it. Anyhow Soichiro Honda personally succeeded to get the approval and he sent one of his best engineers (one who had fail to establish Honda in Belgium) to conquer America with a few million dollar in the pocket and no English skill….He bought a shop house in Gardena California and imported a batch of Hondas to Gardena mainly Honda Cubs. He analyzed the American market and came to the conclusion that the market is dominated by some English brands and Harley Davidson selling machines that are very unreliable, leaking oil and driven by some dirty people living outside the normal society and sold in dirty shops run by some men with greasy hands…. The rest of the society 99% did not use motorbikes, not for the daily transportation nor for leisure and they have some anticipation against motorbikes and would never put their feet into a motor bike shop. Therefore he decided that the machines Honda sell in USA must not leak oil, must be reliable, must be easy to drive without getting dirty, females must like them, must be sold in clean shops that are according to certain standards and guidelines. He got contact with a PR-Advertisement agency (who later got famous because of this Honda launch) that created this “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda” campaign a couple two of “normal” American people driving the CUB:s one male and one female. The ads was published in magazines like Time, a thing that was totally new for two wheelers and actually Honda America used their last loan dollars on this campaign. At the same time the Honda salesmen were active on the field, establishing new dealerships all over America. Most new dealers were not motorcycle dealers but car dealers and if they approved motorcycle dealers these have to get used to new rules regarding the outlook of the shop. Honda succeeded with the Honda CUB, the next model flopped and Honda withdraw the model, sent the bikes back to Japan at a very high cost, but got a very solid reputation. Taking back vehicles from the dealerships and refunding the money was unbelievable in USA and Honda got a solid reputation because of this. (This American part is what I remember from a book written by a French writer who wrote a book MR Honda(?) about Soichiro Honda. Many statements may be and are wrong)

    HIKO
     
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  3. Robin Holmes

    Robin Holmes Ol'Timer

    Yes, I found this very interesting myself. They haven't had to change them much have they? (Now with fuel injection!)

    Cumulative Global Production of Honda Cub Series Motorcycles Reaches 60 Million Units

    TOKYO, Japan, May 21, 2008–Cumulative worldwide production of Honda Cub series motorcycles*1 reached the 60 million-unit milestone at the end of April 2008. Honda Super Cub C100, first introduced in Japan in 1958, has gained worldwide acceptance both as a business-use motorcycle and for daily transportation, and has been being enjoyed by customers in more than 160 countries around the world. This August will mark the 50th anniversary of launching of Honda Cub series.When Super Cub was originally launched, the 2-stroke engine was the mainstream power plant for motorcycles. However, the first generation Honda Super Cub C100 was equipped with an innovative and high-performance 50cc 4-stroke engine which was highly economical and durable. Super Cub C100 also achieved creative and unique designs including the low-floor backbone frame which enhanced the ease of getting on and off, a centrifugal clutch system which required no clutch operations, and the installation of a large plastic leg shield which reduced the amount of dirt splatter and wind experienced by the rider. Since the introduction of the first generation model, the basic design and concept have remained virtually unchanged, and the unique style has been passed on even to current models.

    In regions outside of Japan, such as Asia, the Honda Cub series has evolved to accommodate the unique culture and diversifying customer needs in each country. In Japan, an electronically-controlled fuel injection system, Honda’s PGM-FI*2, was installed on Super Cub in 2007, enhancing the environmental performance of the model. Demonstrated by these examples, Honda Cub has been continuously advancing throughout the world.
    *1 Honda motorcycles which fulfill certain conditions including, 49cc-125cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine, engine type, frame (low-floor backbone frame), exterior (leg shield) and tire size lager than 14 inches, etc.
    *2 PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) is a registered trade name of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

    Exports of Super Cub began in 1959 with the first destination being the U.S., and production in regions outside of Japan began in 1961 in Taiwan, with production based on component parts sets. Since that time, based on Honda’s long-standing commitment to “build products close to the customer,” local production began in many other countries. The Honda Cub series is currently being produced in 15 countries around the world.
     
  4. HIKO

    HIKO Ol'Timer

    Just to keep the thread and memory of Honda Cub 50 year old, alive I publish these pictures.

    Those of You who were at the Bangkok Motor Show, maybe saw that Honda had a 50 year anniversary HONDA CUB on display, the world’s most sold motor vehicle.

    Anyhow these pictures are from a photo book by photographer Hans Kemp :

    BIKES OF BURDEN
    A tribute to the motorcycles and drivers as the backbone to the Vietnamese economy


    There is not any text in the book only more than 100 high class photos and I think that all those of You who have traveled in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam will enjoy the pictures.

    The book is supposed to be sold at Bokazine but at least here in Pattaya they are out of stock after my friend bought the last one. I have ordered 10 books from the publisher in Hong Kong and I will let You know if the publisher some day answer my e-mail….

    Enjoy the pictures and I still think that Soichiro Honda should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His dream about a cheap, reliable and economical small motorbike has come through and all emerging economies in the world have been depending and in many cases still depend on the services this vehicle provides.

    HIKO

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  5. HIKO

    HIKO Ol'Timer

    Maybe somebody of you saw the post from Blister. I thought anyhow that I post the link to Youtube also here because it is a good link about HONDA CUB with very very professional commentators like Kenny Roberts Sr and Matt Oxley from Team Bike/Howard Lees Racing GB. Off course the Discovery Document is a a few years old and they talk about 40 million produced, now it is 60 million.



    Meet the nicest people on a Honda Cub.

    HIKO
     
  6. Blister

    Blister Ol'Timer

    I guess Boorman never seen those picture up above ^
    How to overload Honda cub
     
  7. HIKO

    HIKO Ol'Timer

    SOME TEXT FROM THE HONDA CUB SITE

    MotorcyclesJapanJuly 23, 2008
    Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Super Cub Motorcycle

    TOKYO, Japan, July 23, 2008– Honda Motor Co., Ltd. held a ceremony, July 21, 2008, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Super Cub sales which began in August 1958. The ceremony for associates was held at Honda’s Kumamoto Factory where Super Cub is produced in Japan.

    “The reason we have been able to continue producing and selling Super Cub for 50 years, which is quite a long time, is because of our customers who enjoy using Super Cub every day,” said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co, Ltd. “I would also like to thank Honda associates who have supported the history of Super Cub. Super Cub has continuously advanced to accommodate the needs and preferences of people throughout the world, and cumulative worldwide production of Cub series motorcycles reached the 60 million-unit milestone in April of this year. Moreover, in this year of the 50th anniversary of Super Cub, a new motorcycle plant has been built at this Kumamoto Factory, and the transfer of motorcycle production to the new plant will be completed within this year. I expect Kumamoto Factory to serve as the global leader of Honda’s motorcycle production operations around the world and to continue providing our customers with products that create new value.”

    Since the introduction of the first Super Cub C100 model in 1958, Super Cub has been a long-selling product sold in more than 160 countries* to date, and customers around the world enjoy using Super Cub every day. Production of Super Cub in regions outside of Japan began in 1961 in Taiwan, with production based on component parts sets provided from Japan and was expanded to other countries based on Honda’s commitment to “build products close to the customer.” The Honda Cub series is currently being produced at 16 plants in 15 countries around the world.
    * Honda’s internal data

    Key milestones of Honda Super Cub Series
    August 1958 Sales of Super Cub C100 began (air-cooled 4-stroke, single-cylinder OHV engine, 49cc, 4.5 horse power)
    Production site: Yamato Plant (later became Saitama Factory Wako Plant)
    1959

    Exports to the U.S. began
    1960

    Production at Suzuka Factory began
    1961

    Cumulative production reached 1 million-unit milestone
    Production based on component parts sets began in Taiwan (first production outside of Japan)
    1964 Sales of Super Cub C65 (the first OHC engine) began
    1966 Sales of Super Cub C50 (OHC engine) began
    1967 Cumulative production reached 5 million-unit milestone
    1974 Cumulative production reached 10 million-unit milestone
    1983 Fuel consumption of 180km/liter (30km/h constant-speed test value) achieved (Super Cub 50 Super Custom)
    1988 Sales of Press Cub began
    1991 Production was transferred to Kumamoto Factory
    1992 Cumulative production reached 20 million-unit milestone
    1997 Sales of Little Cub began
    2005 Cumulative production reached 50 million-unit milestone
    2007 An electronically-controlled fuel injection system, Honda’s PGM-FI, was installed on Super Cub 50, Press Cub 50 and Little Cub.
    2008 Cumulative production reached 60 million-unit milestone (April)
     
  8. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    HIKO
    What a fantastic display of
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    it's truly local commuter and well used and liable bike over the years.
     
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    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

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