Forbidden Fruit: New-for-2014 Honda Cross Cub 110


New 2014 Honda Cub 110

What you’re looking at here is the all-new, 2014 Honda Cross Cub 110 … and it may be the most important motorcycle launch in Honda’s storied history.

To understand why the new Honda Cross Cub is so important requires a bit of historical perspective. See, Honda’s existing Cub is a transportation icon – over the last 5 decades (!?) Honda has built and sold more than 60 million Cubs, and the original Cub was the first moped/scooter/motorcycle that a generation of baby-boomers probably owned. You met the nicest people on a Honda Cub. The Cub is the bike that, for better or for worse, separated the long-haired, Harley-riding Hell’s Angels from “decent” motorcyclists a generation or two ago, and it’s the bike that financed the research and development program that led to the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, and (arguably) the decline and ultimate fall of GM. Heck, a blue Honda Cub is featured in the Ruby X video I posted earlier today!

The Cub is a big deal. It’s been in production for generations, and it’s in need of a serious technical update. The new 2014 Honda Cross Cub is that update – and it promises to take the best of Honda’s Cub and mix in the best part’s of “my” generation’s Honda icon: the Ruckus.

How does the new Honda Cross Cub measure up? It’s hard to tell, since the bike won’t enter series production until later this year. Once it starts selling in hot bike markets like Japan and Thailand, the company will have to decide whether or not to bring the bike Stateside.

Don’t hold your breath for that (we should, probably, just consider ourselves lucky to be getting the new Honda Grom) but we’ll keep you posted!

Sources: Canada Motor Guide, CustomLifeNet’s YouTube channel.

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  • 100 cc.s ? 4 stroke? injection motor? Transmission? top speed?

    • Wizzless

      Obviously a 110, obviously 4 stroke, obvious efi, obviously auto, obviously 90-100km/h.

      • UncleB


      • Mark Penrice


        OK… let’s throwdown here.

        Early cubs: 3 speed, manual or semi auto. Later ones, 4 speed semi auto (you choose the gear, but it has a centrifugal auto clutch). This one…?

        Power: 125cc engines of the outgoing generation, both carb and injection, develop between about 8 and 15hp depending on state of tune, equivalent to 7 ~ 13hp for one of these… but they could go higher, as 125s are generally limited by law, not technological difficulties, and car engines are steadily improving their HP/litre right now. What’s this actually make?

        Speed: said 125s reached around 90-120km/h (55 to 75mph). So this might hit anywhere from 80 to 110k (50-70mph)… at least in foreign markets, as legally speaking 50-124cc bikes are limited to just 50k in Japan. There’s quite a difference between 50 and 70mph top speed, and it’s far more important in daily use than the difference between bikes that can achieve 100 and 140… After all, a 70mph bike still has the possibility of maintaining 50 up a steep-ish hill, but a 50mph bike will slow down quite badly. Note that the official top speeds for the old (50,) 70 and 90cc Cubs built from the 60s thru noughties were about (40,) 45 and 50mph themselves, and they were desperately low-tuned with stoneage slide-carbs and the like.

        And, most importantly for a bike like this:

        Fuel economy?!

        (I’d appreciate if it wasn’t just the rubbish japanese gov’t constant-30kmh or constant-50kmh figures, btw, as they don’t count for a hill of beans when it comes to real-world use… they suggest that a CBF125 manages over 150mpg and a Fireblade can return better than 60…)