Family Heirloom: 1962 Honda CA100 Super Cub

An old Cub, passed along from one generation to the next, sparks a Honda CA100 restoration project.

| January/February 2017

  • 1962 Honda CA100 Super Cub.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The 49cc single made 4.5 horsepower.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • 1962 Honda CA100 Super Cub.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The left leg shield cutout gave access to the choke and the right access to the fuel petcock.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • 1962 Honda CA100 Super Cub.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • 1962 Honda CA100 Super Cub.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The leg shield makes the bike much wider at the front than it is at the back, but it gives the rider added weather protection. Simple, yet functional.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The leg shield makes the bike much wider at the front than it is at the back, but it gives the rider added weather protection. Simple, yet functional.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The small fuel tank holds just 0.8 gallons and sits underneath the seat.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • The small fuel tank holds just 0.8 gallons and sits underneath the seat.
    Photo by Nick Cedar
  • Owner Dane Berens aboard his CA100.
    Photo by Nick Cedar

1962 Honda CA100
Engine:
49cc air-cooled OHV single, 40mm x 39mm bore and stroke, 8.5:1 compression ratio, 4.5hp @ 9,500rpm
Top speed:
43.5mph (claimed)
Carburetion:
Single Keihin DP13HOV
Transmission:
3-speed, enclosed chain final drive
Electrics:
6v, coil and breaker points ignition
Frame/wheelbase:
Pressed steel step-through frame/46.5in (1,181mm)
Suspension:
Leading-link forks front, dual shocks rear
Brakes:
4.3in (110mm) SLS drums front and rear
Tires:
2.25 x 17in front and rear
Weight (dry):
143lb (65kg)
Seat height:
29.1in (739mm)
Fuel capacity/MPG:
0.8gal (3ltr)/100mpg (estimated)/254mpg at 18.6mph (claimed)
Price then/now:
$245/$900-$3,000

A lot of people have family heirlooms. One family cherishes the Niagara Falls plate that Great-Grandma Letitia stole from a restaurant in 1907, while another esteems the knight’s casque, saved for generations, that hides an awful, bloody secret that no one actually remembers. Dane Berens’ family heirloom is much more mundane. It’s a Honda Super Cub.

A Honda Super Cub may not be the most beautiful or powerful or imposing motorcycle ever built, but it is an important part of transportation history, all the same.

The Honda Super Cub is probably the most successful motor vehicle ever produced. Introduced in 1958, it is still being sold in many countries and is the most produced motor vehicle in history. Production hit 87 million in 2014. There’s nothing at all special about Dane’s family Cub to distinguish it from the millions of Cubs that Honda has churned out over the last 50-plus years — except the good memories it represents.



Meter reader

ELECTROMECHANICAL
10/1/2020 12:58:50 PM

In case anybody cares, the ignition was breaker points and magneto, with the points mounted on the crankcase inside the hollowed out flywheel. There was no breaker point base. You adjusted the timing by altering the gap of the points through cutouts in the flywheel, and to replace the points you used a flywheel puller to remove it. There was a coil inside of the magneto that more or less charged the battery through a half wave rectifier to run the lights. The engine would start and the lights would work without a battery in the system, but you ran the risk of blowing out the bulbs with too high a voltage, because even a dead battery was enough of a load to keep the bulbs at 6 volts. signed, former Honda mechanic


frumkin@ptd.net
10/1/2020 7:50:47 AM

Gentlemen, I believe that this is a "Honda 50" and in later years to be renamed "Super Cub.




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