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Price £1600
Reference 302
Year 2006
Make Honda
Model MD90
Transmission Manual
Fuel Petrol
Mileage 29119
Colour Red
Page Views 237

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Description

I lived in Japan for fifteen years and one of the things that became really apparent over that time is that in Japan it can take a while for a decision to be made, but once made things happen extremely quickly and are done really, really well. Here is a brilliant example of this.

Japan Post needed a bike for their delivery workers. Bear in mind, the Honda Supercub and the Yamaha Townmate already existed. Given that these bikes were renowned for their reliability, strength and endurance, most post offices would have just said, “Right, we’ll have 30,000 of those, please. Can you paint them red?”

Not in Japan. They went right back to the basics and redesigned the Cub to make it even more suitable for the job it was to do. They kept the step-through frame shape (easily hop-on-and-offable) but made a stronger version and put on smaller and fatter wheels. This is better for wet slippery conditions and less likely to be damaged when bumping up and down curbs. They gave it a larger tank under the seat; heated grips so the postie could feel his/her fingers - Japanese addresses are hard enough to figure out without the added complication of sorting the letters with numb hands; big racks front and back; and finally, they made the whole thing sturdier with stronger suspension and thicker stands.

They say the Cub is unbreakable but in a head to head I’m willing to bet an MD90 could break one (Please don’t try this!)

Once decommissioned these bikes are usually sprayed black but we have got this one with the original paint still intact. They are working bikes and show some signs of wear and tear but are all original and ride well. We sold one last year that was used on a charity ride around Ireland and would love to see these finding new roles around the UK. You’ll turn heads and raise smiles as you zoom past on this classic piece of Japan!

As with all working bikes, this in not unmarked but overall the condition is good. She has done about 29,000 miles and was checked by our team in Japan. Japan Post has started switching to different bikes  - the Cub 110 due to new engine restrictions - so these will become harder to find. Get one while you can!

This bike has been through the NOVA system. We can arrange registration and delivery. Registration is a 3-step process: obtain a dating certificate from a DVLA accredited dating officer; MOT; registration with DVLA. This costs £150.

Payment can be made through direct debit or debit/credit card. FINANCE AVAILABLE.

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