Yep. My first bike was a 1962 Honda 50 Cub. Of course I immediately got rid of the stupid fairing since it reduced the top speed from 45mph to about 38mph. And the front brake was about useless. All it ever needed was a new piston about every 9 months since I had to ride it at wide open throttle every second. And it still got 125 mpg. That's good since the fuel tank only held .8 gallons. Still it took me all over Torrance, Palos Verdes, Redondo, etc for three years at which time I sold it when I went into the Navy.
Definitely the 90 is a better idea since the couple extra horsepower makes a heck of a lot of difference.
You see these all over Asia. I've still got some old photos of entire families riding on these things in Danang in '68. The Vn "Cowboys" (the youth gangs that ran the country) preferred the S90 style 50cc mopeds over the step-through Cubs. I guess back then a Vn civilian had to be rich to own a Honda 90. Occasionally we'd see someone on a CL90 but 99% of the bikes were Cubs and Mopeds.
This video brought back memories that had sat dormant in my mind for more than 30 years - thankyou.
I was 16 years old (I'm now 55) when I won a ex-postman's 50cc Honda motorcycle - it was my first bike. Little did I know then, that this was the beginning of an eduring love affair with motorcycles. I have had more than 20 bikes to date, ranging in size from 50-1000cc. Currently, I ride a Honda NSR 150 SP. Don't laugh, this model used to do well in the 125 class at the Moto GP, and its light weight, make it a joy for city riding.
Thanks again for triggering some great boyhood memories.
What a hoot down memory lane. While I never road the Cub 50, I road a Honda Trail 90 (descendant of the Cub 90) in my formative years on our ranch for chores, hunting, etc., and it never failed. Sadly, it rusted away from years of salted roads during the spring thaw, but man did that thing take a lickin'. Simple, fun and indestructible are definitely true, but stylish and powerful are not.
In 2000 in Caracas Venezuela I bought a Honda Monkey (so it wasn´t a Cub) for my young son to play with, from a yard sale. It was -73 model and barely run. I took the head off and was expecting a completely worn cylinder (we are talking about a 27 year old moped), but cheez, it was like bloody new, no noticeable wear step on the side of the cylinder, the problem was only the carbon deposite build up in the exhaust. My God, these little miserable put-put engines are bomb proof
Mine wasn't a Cub, but it was a CB??? 50 cc sportbike (I'm too lazy to research the model number).
With a trail sprocket, we had a monopoly on the cactus pear harvest to make the cheapest hooch in south Texas. Damn Government interupted our enterprise by issuing orders that depleted our working staff by sending them to someplace called 'Nam.
Traded my 50 cc for a (more) used 305. A few months later, Uncle Sam said, "You gotta go, boy."
I used to do wheelies on my Honda Cub by reving the engine while I side stepped the gearshift. I enterered an enduro on it. Later, I put a Honda C200(90cc) engine in it. That got me a job as a mechanic in 1966. Finally, I bent the frame downtube doing jumps on it along the river. I had fun on it just like I had fun on all the other bikes I've owned in the last forty plus years.
My very first "bike" (on #78 now)was a new 1964 Cub 50 and I did come close to destroying it...thanx to beinn STOOPID. Burned both valves-who needs adjustments?-and then there was the lack of ANY oil changes..... Despite that and riding at WFO-always; for @ $25 the valves were replaced, new oil in...and away we went! Indeed quite a tuff lil "bike". BTW I still have one that I bought @ 10+ years ago: now has 256 miles on her! DFO
I could be wrong but I doubt they ever raced a NSR 150 in 125 GP... all the 125 GP bikes have been made just for racing, the NSR's were just made as repli-racers but were a long ways off from the actualy 125 GP bikes.
I race a 125 GP bike now and I know the 250 GP bikes and NSR 250's while they look similar aren't the same at all.