The Honda Motra

Bikes

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Is it just me, or does the idea of going hang gliding equipped with only a rugged little bike like the Honda Motra seem strangely appealing? Produced just between the years of 1982-1983, the cool little tough roader was amazingly ahead of its time.

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The fact that Honda resurrected the form in 2004 with the PS250 Zoomer is testament to the designers’ forward thinking. Shame that the Motra only came with a 50 or a 70 cc engine, and none were officially exported. Taking a cue from off road cars of the time, the three speed gearbox was equipped with a second, low ratiostage, so true backcountry action could be achieved.

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If Jackie Chan was to go camping in an oil crisis, this would be his ride of choice. You wouldn’t want to play American football with them, however.

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