|Manufacturer||Honda Motor Company|
|Also called||AB12, Trunk Bike|
|Engine||AB12E 49 cc (3.0 cu in), air-cooled, two-stroke, single|
|Power||2.5 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||0.38 kg-m @ 4,500rpm|
|Transmission||single-speed, automatic clutch|
L: 1.185 m (46.7 in)|
W: 0.535 m (21.1 in)
H: 0.910 m (35.8 in)
42 kg (93 lb) (dry)|
45 kg (99 lb) (wet)
|Fuel capacity||2.2 l (0.48 imp gal; 0.58 US gal)|
|Oil capacity||1.0 l (0.22 imp gal; 0.26 US gal)|
|Fuel consumption||70.0 km/l @ 30km/h|
|Turning radius||1.3 m|
Released in red, yellow, and white variants, 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. It is the smallest scooter ever built by Honda. The company's initial monthly sales projection for the domestic market was 8,000 City and 10,000 Motocompo. 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). It was marketed in conjunction with the City in television ads featuring British ska/2-tone band Madness.
The Motocompo maintains a cult status among compact bike enthusiasts for its unique design, stylized logo, and highly customizable potential. Bike meet-ups devoted to the Motocompo continue to engage with fans both young and old alike as a passionate community bonded by their enthusiasm for the retro vehicle.
The Motocompo is probably best known as the bike used by Natsumi Tsujimoto on You're Under Arrest. It is tucked away at the back of her partner Miyuki Kobayakawa's Honda Today police car when not in use. It was released as a Bandai Model kit.
- Infobox specifications from these honda.co.jp pages on 2008-02-19:
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