• Steen

Honda City Motocompo : The Turducken Re-engineered.

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Now some of us may know about the motocompo, the rare boi of the collectors world! Square Nintendo 8 bit styling, It was simply a small box with two wheels and folding features i.e handlebars, seat, and foot pegs.

As your probably wondering how a turducken has anything to do with a motocompo. Well

first off I’m a bottomless pit and I’m always hungry. So writing about food helps curve my irrational and repetitive refrigerator investigations.(Like anything new is going to appear).

A turducken is defined as a roast dish consisting of a boned chicken inside a boned duck which is then placed inside a partially boned turkey,YUM! With Thanksgiving just behind us, what better time to drag the motocompo out and put it in the limelight! Rare to say the least, the motocompo was originally designed as a feature for the Honda City car. As a dinghy was to a yacht, the Honda motocompo was to a Honda city car. The motocompo had the ability of folding up to easily be placed in the back of the City. With a wet curb weight of 99 lbs it was easily deploy-able, easing in the commute closer to work with in already crowded Japanese cities.

The motocompo sold for 1981-1983, it was released in red, yellow, and white variants. The bike was sometimes referred to as a trunk bike, also as AB12 more so in the tech community. The handlebars, seat, and foot-pegs would fold into the scooter's rectangular plastic body to present a clean, box-shaped package of 1185 mm L × 240 mm W x 540 mm H. The motocompo like the Honda City is the smallest production vehicle (scooter) ever built by Honda. The company initial predicted their monthly sales projection for the domestic market around 8,000 City and 10,000 Motocompo. The City was able to out beat their predictions. How ever only 53,369 Motocompos were sold by the end of production in 1983.

The Motocompo maintains an extreme cult status among compact bike enthusiasts and collectors for its unique design.With several Motocompos sold on eBay in the last year (5) from the amount of $4000USD to $6000USD for prime specimens, and another currently listed as of 12/19, It’s true they are not manufactured with unobtanium! Great news for those hungry like me to add one in their collection!

As for the Turkey erm….I mean they Honda City, it was introduced in November 1981 with the innovative "Tallboy" (or as we would call it these days”tall boi”)design. Designed for ducks of unusual height, it enabled four ducks to fit comfortably in the very short City car (just under 3.4 m or 11.2 ft). The city was Produced as a 3-door hatchback in a variety of trim levels, which included the motocompo as a upgraded feature. The City's baggage compartment was actually developed around the Motocompo scooter. The most interesting model of the Honda city was the Turbo II. Producing a honest 108hp from a 1.2 intercooled turbo motor. Compared to the base horse power of the Honda City ringing in at a massive 67 horse power *cough* it was a modest improvement to say the least.

There you have it! The Turducken Re-engineered! With the Honda City, the occupants and the Motocompo stuffed in the back it's a perfect formula for the TURDUCKEN!

Scooting on, I was unable to source any motocompo meet-ups. However, there were traces of past events mentioned in the depths of google, however nothing worth mentioning. If you know of any motocompo events or someone who attends them, I would personally love to learn more and use the chance to update this blog accordingly.

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