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Clymer Manuals Honda NCZ50 Motocompo Motor Scooter Walk Around Video

Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at Michael Hall's 1982 Honda NCZ50 Motocompo at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This classic scooter was awarded 2nd Place - Best Motor Scooter by Scooter World.

Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.

Bike in a Box: Honda NCZ 50 Motocompo

The Honda Motocampo was designed and marketed as a scooter which could be easily stowed in the rear of a sub-compact car, enabling the owner an extra degree of freedom by taking his bike along for the ride. Sold from 1981-1983, this cute oddity was available in Japan only and was a sales disappointment for Honda. It has, of course, become a cult favorite.

While the Motocompo could be taken along inside any number of vehicles, the first generation Honda City was designed specifically to hold the scooter. While the City was a success, and regarded as groundbreaking in its relatively abundant interior space for a sub-compact, the Motocompo did not do as well. Honda killed the bike after selling 53,000 in three years, rather than the hundreds of thousands it expected to.

The Motocompo was powered by an air-cooled 49cc 2-stroke motor, good for 2.5 horsepower @5000 RPM and 3 ft-lbs of torque. There’s a single-speed automatic clutch transmission and ignition is provided via kick-start. The exhaust pipe is hidden behind one of the flat side panels, preserving the bike’s sleek rectangular design. The scooter can go for well over 100 miles per gallon, with some reports of 120 mpg. Whether those would be a comfortable 120 miles is unclear, though perhaps unlikely.

The seat, handlebars and pegs are made to retract into the body, leaving a rectangular box on wheels. Under the black horizontal body trim are a set of hooks. These matched a set of restraining straps mounted in the trunk area of the Honda City. There is also a set of handles to allow hoisting into the hatch. However, at over 90 pounds stowing in or removing from the boot requires a strong back.


The Honda Motocompo is a tiny folding scooter sold by Honda 1981-1983.

The Motocompo was introduced as a "Trunk Bike" to fit inside subcompact cars like the Honda Today and the then new Honda City. The City's baggage compartment was actually developed around the Motocompo. The handlebars, seat, and foot-pegs fold into the scooter's rectangular plastic body to present a clean, box-shaped package of 1185 mm L × 240 mm W x 540 mm H. Honda's initial monthly sales projection for the domestic market was 8,000 City and 10,000 Motocompo.[2] The City surpassed its targets, but in all only 53,369 Motocompos were sold by the end of production in 1983 (no more than 3,000 per month).[3] It was marketed in conjunction with the City in television ads featuring British ska/2-tone band Madness.

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