The Honda EZ-9, also known as Honda EZ90 Cub in some markets, was a motocross inspired scooter produced by Honda from 1991-1996.
Futuristic and funky looking, the EZ90 was basically a cross between a motocross bike and a scooter, sort of like a “Motoscooter”. While not street legal in some countries, the Cub is nonetheless capable of amazing off-road performances. Also, lots of Cubs were used as pit bikes (even by Valentino Rossi!) or as runabouts strapped to the back of RVs and campers.
Designed to make motorcycles more user-friendly and publicly acceptable, the Honda EZ 90 Cub hid all of its mechanicals inside futuristic plastic bodywork. In addition to the kick start, you also even got a magic electric start button. The automatic transmission required no clutch, and the 2-stroke 90cc engine with reed valve made this scoot peppier than you might expect. A little storage cubby in the front of the bike (where the “Cub” logo is) added some functionality, while tricks like making the swingarm part of the rear suspension helped save weight. As for the name, Cub was most associated with hundreds of thousands of Honda “step-thru” machines using four stroke single cylinder engines contrasting with the more lively two-stroke unit of the EZ90.
Honda even unveiled a snow-bike version of the Cub; appropriately called the "EZ-snow", at the Tokyo Salon at the end of 1991. The wheels were replaced with a steerable ski at the front and a rubber caterpillar track in rear. Depending on who you listen to, either no “Snows” were officially built, or Honda made about 250-300 examples that were only sold in Japan. For sure we’ve not seen one – have you?
: Dirt Wheels Magazine
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issued: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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