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Deus Japan Delivers the Most Extreme Honda Super Cub

With more than 85 million units sold since its introduction in 1958, it is no wonder that the memory of the Honda C105 Super Cub is not fading away too quickly. And if you thought that the Super Cub is a bike that moves only the hearts of the old riders, think again. Super Cub-dedicated racing series are becoming popular in Japan once more.
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So it's not that hard to understand why the Japanese branch of Deus thought about creating an iconic custom Super Cub that pays tribute to Soichiro Honda's initial design while still bearing the custom shop's trademark.

This uncanny creation is signed by Matthew Roberts, the new Director of Motorcycle Operations at Deus Japan, and is a matter of either love or hate. The overall design lines remind us of Bandit9's creations, so we loved it at first sight.

The only thing left untouched from the original 1961 Firefly model is the speedo, which has been integrated in the all-new composite body. Deus gave up the step-through design and adopted a pure racer stance. Not hard to understand why, because this baby was also built for racing under the Battle of Bottom Link N50 class regulations.

Roberts and his team, therefore, engineered a quick-release mechanism for the headlight, taillight and turn signals, and the mesh protector can be effortlessly removed for track use.The displacement was also increased, and racing suspension elements added to the build
The racing regulations allow an increase of displacement of 20%, so the Super Cub went from 49cc to 60cc. The engine remains the 4-stroke OVH clutchless, three-speed unit, but Deus does not provide any tech specs for this miniature beast.

A special monocoque body was designed and crafted from epoxy composite, and Deus skillfully hid the fuel tank, battery, ignition and wiring inside it. Suspensions at both ends were upgraded with race-grade components.

Original Super Cub hubs have been polished almost to a mirror shine, and then installed in DID rims with custom spokes. The braking system was also revised and a solo seat in oxblood ribbed leather was commissioned to the local upholstery guru Miauchi-san.

It may be hard to spot the original Super Cub in such a radical shape. Even more, bikeexif says that photos don't do it justice, as the bike is literally a work of art. Basically, every nut and bolt was redesigned or re-worked using original blueprints, and everything finished to luxurious perfection, including bespoke rearsets, top bridge and more.

The mid-20th century TT race spirit is strong with this bike, and we'd surely love to ride it like the "mad" men of yore. Surely both Honda-san and John Surtees would love it, too.

 
 
 
 
 

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