In its homeland, the venerable Honda Super Cub still earns its keep

Honda Super Cub delivery motorcycle in Tokyo

Honda Super Cubs in Tokyo

The Honda Super Cub motorcycle is the most-produced motor vehicle in human history, with total production closing in fast on 100 million units since the first 50cc Super Cub went on sale in 1958. You can’t buy a new Honda-badged Super Cub in the United States these days (though you can buy a Taiwanese-built Super Cub-knockoff Symba 100 here), but you’ll still see plenty of old and new Super Cubs in Japan.

Honda Super Cub at Tokyo Motor Show

When your Autoweek correspondents went to Japan for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, we saw Honda showing off the vehicle that really started it all for the company. What did they park on display next to the next NSX? An original Super Cub, of course.

Honda EV Cub at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Honda also tantalized us with the electron-fueled EV Cub at the Motor Show, but this electric bike (whose battery can be removed and charged indoors) isn’t in production yet.

Honda Cub F at Barber Motorsports Museum

Soichiro Honda sold motorcycles before the Super Cub (the original Cub was a kit to motorize bicycles), but the Super Cub made Honda. After seeing so many Super Cubs in Vietnam carrying extended families, bedroom sets, and catered meals for 50 (and being an admirer of unkillable Honda products going way back), I had to get one for myself. And, of course, when I wasn’t photographing Toyota Crown taxis in Tokyo, I was photographing delivery-bike Super Cubs.

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