Began the 80’s, and Honda had already shown that it was able to make cars practical and funny with his first Civic, which conquered America and gave General Motors an impressive cure of humility. In its native market, Honda had turned to the small utilities, necessary to navigate the tiny streets japanese. Launched the City in the year 1981, and to make it more attractive to the small urban, Honda created a small bike scooter folding which fit perfectly in your trunk.
Honda Motocompo: the scooter is collapsible to fit in the trunk of a city
At the time, this extra cost only to 80,000 yen in Japan. It was one of the bikes cheaper in the market.
Under the present standards, the Honda City (which was sold in some european markets as the Jazz) was a small kei car. With a total size of 3.38 metres and only 1,57 meters high, the small city had quite a bit of interior space in relation to its length. A packaging very efficient and a compact engine of 1.2 liters allowed its interior to be surprisingly profitable. One of the ideas of Honda was to sell it next to her Motocompo, a charming and small scooter folding of only 50 cubic centimeters.
Was sold as an extra catalog, and as far as we know, the Motocompo was also sold independently. The little Motocompo was little more than a box with wheels. Box that was acting as a chassis and a support for an engine of 49 cc, which developed the whopping 2.5 CV at 5,000 rpm, via a gearbox in a single motion similar to that of a kart. Developed from the experience of Honda generators – due to its small size – it was exceptionally lightweight: in running order weighed just 45 kilos.
Little more than 53,000 units of the Honda Motocompo were produced between the years 1981 and 1983.
Fully retracted, just had 1,18 meters long and a little more than half a meter high. Wedged in the trunk of the City and is anchored by means of a few hitches special, even leaving room for other objects. The handlebar and your seat is unfolded, like the stirrups, thus giving rise to a complete bike in size very content, that looked really fun to ride at low speed. Little bigger than a minimoto, this scooter playful announcing an average consumption of only 1 l/100 km.
In Japan, Madness – a british band of Ska – announced the Honda Motocompo on television. Honda hoped that these scooters colors pintones to be a commercial success: his estimate of sales was around 10,000 units per month. The reality was more harsh, it sold about 3,000 units monthly. Honda stopped producing the Motocompo in 1983, after only two years in production. A curious anecdote car that reminds us of simpler times in which everything was apparently more simple.