What the critics say
The 2019 Honda Super Cub
“Someone at Honda has been playing with a time machine.” More than 50 years after the company introduced the little motorcycle that inspired a Beach Boys song and changed Honda’s fortunes in America, the icon is back. Best for in-town jaunts or short commutes but capable of 60 mph, the new Super Cub is proof that “there’s still plenty of joy to be had with little bikes.” No wonder more than 100 million have been sold worldwide, making it by far the most popular motor vehicle in history.
“Honda has done a great job of modernizing this legendary little bike.” The two-tone paint, the wind guards, and the round headlamp all evoke the original, while welcome updates include keyless ignition, a fuel-injected 125 cc engine, and a foot-operated clutch. Shifting smoothly requires “a little finesse,” but the Cub is so user-friendly it “invites everyone to come have some fun on a motorcycle.”
The bike isn’t powerful enough to be allowed on most highways, but that’s not its mission in life. On our test run, we were beaming before we’d even left the parking lot. “This is the effect the Super Cub has on people. It’s cute, it’s inviting, and it’s just fun. If you can’t have a laugh on it, you’re dead inside.”