• I completely agree. I've got a brace of doodlebug pit bikes for $500 on my local CL. While they're nowhere near as civilized or useful as a Motocompo, they do take 6.5hp $100 harbor freight engines rather well, and I guarantee they'd rip a Motocompo in a drag race, and carry a higher top speed to boot.

      The real problem is that you have to register this as a motorcycle in Ohio if you want to use it on the street, so something like this makes a much better argument for itself for a smaller outlay: dayton.craigslist.org/mcy/5905453961.html

    • Yeah the Motocompo was never fast, but it sure is quirky and fun. Got mine as a hand-me-down from my high school physics teacher after it had been donated "in the name of science." We ran several experiments including in-motion rocket launches via Estes launch rod and blast shield affixed to the handlebars at about 20 degrees from horizontal. This is when I learned that model rockets do not like to fly in any direction but up. Imagine kids doing that on high school grounds today – there would be an immediate Homeland Security lockdown and you'd never hear from me again.

      As you could probably imagine, a lifetime of tomfoolery was hard on this little bike. So earlier this year I scored a ton of very nice replacement parts through a friend that was on work assignment in Japan. Currently I need to de-rust the spindly little tube frame and repaint it, then start reassembly.

    • I'd love to put one in my stable (in the trunk of something, probably) but if the price point on this one is typical of the market, I don't think it's happening.

      Maybe I should homebrew a suitcase bike…

    • Market price for these is pretty ridiculous in the states, even clapped-out examples. In Japan the prices are just as high, but everything's expensive there, so I think it's actually a better value in the home market. Plus the fact that the average 30 year old motorcycle in Japan would be classed as mint condition here in the states – they take much better care of their physical possessions there.

      It wouldn't be too hard to build your own suitcase bike. Disassembling a Motocompo, you can see what Honda did was mostly parts bin engineering. They started with an existing step-thru Scooter engine/drivetrain/swingarm combo (it has a CVT and an encased drive; the whole thing swings on one mounting bolt, including the engine). Throw away the step-thru frame and fabricate a mini spaceframe out of thin-wall steel tube, no bigger than about 1/2" OD except for the head. Shorten the forks, swap on smaller wheels, repackage all the mechanical & electrical gubbins inside the new frame. The seat's on a simple scissor lift style linkage to raise and lower it. Handlebars have a long tie bolt that runs down into the fork top clamps, and the bars and clamps both have 4 chunky dogs for engagement. The tie bolt's connected to the big plastic knob on top of the handlebar for tightening and loosening. Plastic body was bespoke but you could make a wooden buck and lay up some fiberglass to make a similar design.

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