The Honda Motocompo is an 80s motorcycle that was designed specifically to fit into two of Honda’s cars. In fact, the Motocompo was sold as an accessory to the City car itself.
Officially known as the NCZ 50 Motocompo, this 50cc scooter could tuck away neatly into the boot of Honda’s then-new City or Today cars. This was made possible by a folding seat plus collapsible handlebars and footpegs which would leave the miniature Motocompo with a flat, box-like shape.
Honda Motocompo specification
Powered by a 50cc two-stroke engine, a Motocompo weighs 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. Like most automotive oddities, the Honda Motocompo lives on as a bit of a cult hero amongst those lucky enough to own one.
Too radical for its time?
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 Ford’s interesting MoDe 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.
Perhaps its thinking was just too radical for its time. Now, if someone could please block Motocompo as a search term from my eBay account that would be most appreciated.