Back in 1981, Honda came up with a motorbike designed specifically to go into the back of two of its cars.
Badged the Motocompo – or the NCZ 50 Motocompo as it was officially known, this was a 50cc scooter with a seat, handlebars and foot pegs that folded away meaning it would slot seamlessly into the rear of Honda’s then new City car. In fact, the Motocomp was sold as an accessory to the City car itself.
Powered by a 50cc two-stroke engine, a Motocompo would weigh just 45kg with its 2.2l tank full of fuel. Cruising at around 30 km/h the twist-and-go Motocompo would be returning just shy of 200 miles per gallon! (UK). If period figures are to be believed then a Motocompo rider should be able to travel in excess of 80 miles from one tank of fuel.
Sadly the Motocompo failed to inspire Japan and, despite decent initial sales, it ceased production just two years later.
Now, here’s what I find interesting about this bike: to me, it’s an idea that’s as relevant now as it ever was. Having commuted into and out of Bristol and Bath for several years, I’ve seen countless individuals parking their cars (usually in free car parks) only to continue the rest of their journey via a bicycle in the boot of their car.
Hell, Ford has been toying with the idea of a portable folding e-bike within its cars for a good few years now. Take a look at this article to see what I mean. Ford even went as far as designing a bicycle that could be constructed using parts from a car itself, using spare wheels, the wheel jack and even the car’s headrest to form a fully functioning bike.
Maybe this little Honda was just too far ahead of its time.. In the meantime, if someone could please block Motocompo as a search term from my eBay account that would be most appreciated.