We’ve mentioned a couple of times how many Super Cubs have been rolling off the assembly lines, first 50 million, then recently they passed 60 million and now Honda held a celebration at Honda’s Kumamoto Factory where Super Cub is produced in Japan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Super Cub production.
Honda began making the Super Cub C100 in August of 1958, a 49cc, 4.5 hp single cylinder 4 stroke and the rest is motorcycle history. In 1961 production began in Taiwan, the first location outside of Japan and currently it’s being produced in 16 plants in 15 countries. Who would have thought this little machine would become as popular and long lasting as it has? It still ignites memories for many riders who remember their first ride on a Super Cub, me included, I wonder how long it will continue to help keep people on 2 wheels?
“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.”
Key milestones of Honda Super Cub Series:
August 1958 – Sales of Super Cub C100 began 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)