1953 Honda Cub Motor

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1953 Honda Cub Motor

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder 2-stroke
Ignition: Flywheel magneto
Power rating: 1.8hp
Bore x stroke: 43mm x 40mm
Displacement: 58cc
Fuel system: Carburetor
Transmission: Single-speed
Suspension: Front spring, rigid rear
Brakes: Rear drum
Weight: 131lb
Top speed: 25mph

This “clip-on” cycle motor had great historical significance, being one of the first motorized products from the Honda Motor Co. In the aftermath of WWII, there was a desperate need to mobilize the population, and simple economical power units that could easily be attached to bicycles became immensely popular. The period bicycle has many interesting details, and was manufactured by the Kumotsru Cycle Co.

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