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Honda C70 – Minority Custom Motorcycles


Posted on February 26th, by Andrew in Moped. 25 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson

In the post World War II period there were two types of people who rode a motorbike in America, outlaws and the police. But all that would change in 1963 when armed with his small Super Cub model, Soichiro Honda launched his campaign to win over the masses. The 12 year blitz that included sponsoring the Academy Awards convinced the US and the World that motorcycles offered a lifestyle they could aspire to. 50 years on and the success of the marketing campaign is obvious. The Super Cub has surpassed 60 million units and made Honda the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. But never could Mr Honda have envisaged his little Super Cub being converted into an outlaw in such a way as Minority Custom’s “The Eyes”.

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Any less and it wouldn’t be there at all

Gone is the chain guard designed to keep oil off your freshly pressed suit, the upright handle bars and big comfy seat that took you to the office in luxury and just like it’s bigger rivals of the 60’s this little Cub is chopped down and bare boned. Starting with a 1980 Honda C70, Jonathan Evan from Minority Custom Surabaya, Indonesia set about creating a Cub with a “fierce and strong” road presence.

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Starting at the back of the bike a new hard tail rear section was fabricated and widened to allow the addition of a huge (by Cub standards) 130 rear tyre, giving the bike that classic Bobber look. The bench style seat was ditched in favour of a slimmed down bicycle unit and the fender deleted to remove more unnecessary weight. Complementing the rigid rear is a polished Springer front end with cut and reversed Honda Monkey bars for that ultra-minimalist look.  The Step Through (or underbone) frame was smoothed and de-tabbed before being repainted and “The Eyes” graphics applied.

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To keep the period look the standard rims were ditched and re-laced using polished Yamaha DT Hubs, resulting in a 17″ front and 15″ rear. And nothing says Bobber like a suicide shifter. To give the Cub a little more pep, a larger custom carburetor was fitted and the exhaust is now a heat wrapped, straight through item ensuring “The Eyes” is both seen and heard.

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The eyes have it

It’s hard to know what Honda-San would make of this marrying of his little Cub with its outlaw rivals, prowling as it does down Indonesian roads. But in 2014’s custom culture this little C70 is Bad to the underbone.

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  • revdub

    The attention to detail here (and wow, how awesome are these details!?) is very impressive. Before this, I wouldn’t have thought it was possible for a C70 to look “tough”. But, I would have been totally wrong. This may be the most creative build I have seen in a while. Kudos, MCM!!

  • http://ridedualsport.com/ Manxman

    Excellent…

  • Lehlend

    That sucide shift…

  • blackbird

    Fuckin hell then…

  • Jax Teller

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • nathas909

    I love this bike, and again it is something really creative coming out of Indonesia. They really know how to work with these small bikes. You see cool little customs all over Bali.

  • Rycodiawan

    kerennnn…… ( awsome….. )

  • Wes Ramones

    Who would have thought! It’s certainly a far cry from the one I rode as a kid. I wouldn’t have felt such a dork if it’d looked half as tough as this mean machine. Congratulations on a sensational left-field build.

  • DICK DICK

    this is horse shit, I honestly wonder how stuff like this makes it onto pipeburn.

    • nathas909

      Sorry, what dont you like about it? Yes its not as functional as it could be….

      • Dick Dick

        needs a v8

  • Mauro Toffanin

    Not a moped fan but this has a very nice look. The bike has been stripped down to the bare minimal, a really impressive build; nothing but respect for you, J. Evan from Minority Custom Surabaya. Still, my mind screams “suicide” every time I see that handlebar.

    • durka

      Not a moped.

  • davmo

    Badassical. I love it.

  • http://thilak.in Thilak Rao

    This is just genius! Never have I ever seen a moped customized so gracefully!

  • Chris Saddler Sam

    a big big huge bravo!!!! ;)

  • Paul McM

    Does the exhaust stop where the white wrap ends, or does it continue in the horizontal black pipe that runs inside the rider’s right ankle? I like the ingenuity of the build but there are some elements that leave me shaking my head. Having actually ridden motorcycles in Indonesia, the last thing I would want is a hand-operated shifter combined with those low bars. Otherwise nice attention to details…

  • john

    c70 is not a moped.

  • omClassic

    Excellent… bro …..

  • Michael Milstead

    Looks very cool but I do have to say I am still stuck in the day where my projects have to be ridden to get the full affect and I mean ridden a lot not just around the block, so comfort is a big deal for me.

  • emeglasson

    that…is…SWEET!!!!

  • Glocker

    I’m so glad that there is a pic with this one with a rider on it. As I was reading this, I kept hoping the next picture would have a rider on the bike, and I was up in the air on whether or not I liked it or not until the last picture. Pretty neat!

  • duh

    The bars are just the Honda folding bars on backwards no?? Let’s start the moped argument again….no pedals=not a moped in my book…much as revdub hates my book. I bet it sounds like a big wet fart.

  • daniel

    Nice bike mate

  • daniel

    Were did u get that bike mate