Journal: Honda Hides a Bike in a Box

Honda Hides a Bike in a Box

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 10, 2013
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Designed to fit into the luggage compartment of the Honda City and Honda Today, the former’s trunk space actually being designed around its dimensions, the Motocompo was a little folding scooter sold from 1981–1983. Mechanically it wasn’t much to get excited about, with a 49cc two-stroke and centrifugal clutch, single-speed transmission, but its plastic body and retracting parts were undeniably cool—just like the Transformers, it was more than meets the eye.

Here’s a period Japanese-market Motocompo brochure we’ve dug up, presented complete and unedited in all its overwhelming Eighties cheese glory. Apparently it was quite useful for resting fruit on and taking to concession stands.

Photo Source: Flickr, Motocompo on Product Design Database 

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Alexei Cruz
Alexei Cruz

drove one almost twenty years ago… loved it… bought home by a family friend straight from Japan… the first two-wheel motorized vehicle I’ve ever driven… too bad I didn’t get to own it…. don’t know what happened to it afterwards…
this was used as patrol bike of Natsumi Tsujimoto, one of the main characters in the 90’s Japanese anime “You’re Under Arrest” to battle street crimes…

John Papalardo
John Papalardo

Someone bought found a rare [url=”http://www.dailyturismo.com/2012/12/dt-success-1980-honda-city-turbo.html”]Honda City Mini Turbo II via the DailyTurismo[/url] and it still had the original one of these on the back.
Awesome vintage motocompo ad!

jg323
jg323

awesome! i can remember some company “fitting” a small Go-Kart into a suitcase.

Andy Gondorf
Andy Gondorf

And Madness were recruited for publicity on the last page I see. Apt.

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru

This was unique and awesome.