Bike in a suitcase: 1982 Honda Motocompo

The Tokyo Metropolitan area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with a population of 2,600 people per square kilometer.  As you can imagine, finding a place to park your car is a bit of a challenge, and once you find a spot, you wouldn’t want to lose it.  Leave it to Honda to come up with a trunk bike for your Kei car, so you can keep your parking space.  Find this 1982 Honda Motocompo for sale in Kirkland, WA for $3,250 via craigslist.

The Motocompo was developed by Honda in the early 80’s as a collapsible scooter that would fit into the trunk of their Honda City Kei-class car.  It was powered by a 49cc aircooled two stroke engine producing around two-and-a-half horsies.  Its claim to fame was that the seat, handlebars and foot pegs would fold into a rectangular body with hand grips that you could wrestle into the trunk of your car.  It weighed in at about 100 lbs wet, so depending on who you are and if you ate your Wheaties, it might be an even match.

Not a lot of details in the CL ad on the specific bike, like how did it get here (trunk of a car?), title, registration, etc.  It looks a little scratched up on the “down” side from riding around in a trunk no doubt.  They made about 50,000 of them for the JDM and used western themes to hawk them.  Check out the cool Japanese brochure for the Motocompo featuring the U.K. Ska Band Madness.

The Mighty Car Mods guys just did an episode on the Motocompo, but I never expected to find one in my local List o’ Craig.  

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.