For those out there that have been living on Mars since Honda started making the “Crunchie”, it’s not only chocolate bar by Cadbury, but also one of the most ‘bullet-proof’ moped’s on the planet. (Is it just me that thinks the word Moped should be written mo-ped? ) Anyway, the little 4 stroke fun machine even has it’s list of fan clubs all around the world, here’s the UK one. Some of these nutters go across Asia on them! Mountains, rivers snow, mud, it will cope with most hindrances.
The Crunchie (C50/70 & 90) is ‘World famous’. It’s claimed “More people use a Honda C90 for transport each day, than any vehicle in the world”, …some claim. But then, when you take a random photo of a busy market square in Marrakesh, I counted 30 Crunchies in one shot! Couple this with the fact that it’s one of the lightest 2 seater out there at 80kgs inc. a full tank, will do 75 mpg (50 mpg with 2 on and a few hills to climb) top speed of 50 mph & less than fiver to fill it, it’s hardly surprising it’s so popular. Here in the west, style has overtaken sense as more & more of those 2 stroke noisey, smelly, plastic hair-dryers are used.
Just one more statistic I found, “In 2010, Honda announced that they’d passed the 60 million units mark in production. That’s around £50 billion quid’s worth of C90s sold since its creation. (If only Honda were a Greek firm, not Japanese)
The Crunchie was the first ever motorised bike I got on, thanks to my mate Dave Hughes & his enormous back garden. Hours of fun erecting ramps & thrashing round & around his back garden on his panel-less blue C90, great fun Dave, thanks a billion.
So here he is (drum roll in the background)…..
He was a little bit neglected when he first arrived with us, but a bit of TLC, new Exhaust, seat cover/chain/drive & final sprocket/battery & a few bits ‘n’ bobs & he sailed through the MOT. A reasonable £120 for Europe-wide insurance + £17 road fund licence and it’s a goer!
He fits nicely onto the scooter rack, just need to sort out lashing him down. I think the white fairing will need to go, which would be a shame, but it would be easier to fix him to the rack with it gone.
Well it’s a lovely sunny afternoon so instead of taking the car we have a pootle round Norwich on Frankie & end up in ‘Real ale mecca pub’ The Fat Cat for a swift half.