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CodyY 12-22-2011 04:31 PM

The MOTOCOMPO thread
You've probably never seen one. Hell, you've probably never even heard of one.

Well, here's two. And they need some love.

These belong to a customer, specifically the grandfather of a good friend. These are what he learned to ride on, and were imported from Japan via the UK in 1982.

I've done a little poking around on 'em for a bit and it's time to dive in.

First thing's first: Teardown. We're gonna call em Thing ONE and Thing TWO.

all the lines are brittle, some are leaking and broken. Cables need lubing, but most importantly, I need carb kits and air filters. I've spent two hours on the web and phone, including finding an OEM NOS carb on ebay, there ain't shit out there.

I've been on the phone with every "Vintage Honda" and "Vintage Scooter" parts house in the country. They've never even heard of em. The lead Mechanic at OttoBrothers Honda in Chicago has been there 35 years and never seen one. Keihin won't talk to me, and SUDCO told me to get bent because PA series carbs are proprietary to Honda.

Best I can tell it's the same carb as a Spree. So for $14, I think I'll gamble on it for a Spree kit.

Stay in touch. :ricky

gogogordy 12-22-2011 07:40 PM

You are
one lucky stiff!

The holy grail of the Japanese scooter world!


Speedo66 12-23-2011 05:13 AM

Honda just came out with a concept car which has a new version of the Motocompo inside.

See it here

Click the link in it for videos of the original.

alphaBETAdog 12-23-2011 06:35 AM

This is also a cute little video showing it's versatility:

gogogordy 12-23-2011 07:27 AM

Presently on display...
at LA's Peterson Museum's "Size Does Matter" collection, an homage to the scooter:
Perfectly shown in a early '80's Honda City Turbo.

Dezzie 12-23-2011 04:06 PM

chromemonkey 12-23-2011 06:05 PM

Ive got 3 of them sometimes you can find spare parts on eBay or go to this place

these are my ones

CodyY 12-24-2011 10:26 AM

Any input on the Spree interchangeability?

Tarka 12-24-2011 10:36 AM

Coolio....never heard of them before but I like them.

They look like a Jap take on the Italjet Pack 50.

Speedo66 12-25-2011 07:27 AM

yet another video

CodyY 03-15-2012 06:09 PM

well, the gamble on the SPREE carb kit didn't pay off.

so after digging around HERE:

and cross-referencing some numbers, the carb is the same as the old Express 50 scooters. Ironically, I had one.

The carb gasket kit required is honda # 16010GF8305

I have two on order from an Ebay Seller.

CodyY 03-15-2012 06:12 PM

google translate can help, but it's pretty damn funny

Mikezilla 05-01-2012 06:15 AM

I bought a near showroom 81 Motocompo a few months back, still has the quality check paint marks and nubies on the tires. Kicked over straight away and runs like a champ. Here she is.

RandyMarsh 05-01-2012 02:54 PM

that is just spectacular. I want one so bad!!!!

Mikezilla 05-02-2012 03:53 AM

there are a bunch of them here in Japan, anywhere from 800 bucks to 4000 depending on condition. I stole this one at 1200 bucks from an auction.

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