No Reserve – 1981 Honda Motocompo

Current bid: $2,100

Reserve price has been met.

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Ending On: September 27, 2023 4:00 pm PDT

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2023-09-27 15:50:00 2023-09-27 16:00:00 America/Los_Angeles No Reserve – 1981 Honda Motocompo Santa Monica, California - Honda's ever-adorable solution for all of your last mile transport needs! Iconic Motorbike Auctions


Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Nowadays, you can hop on a Bird or a Lime for your “last mile” transport needs. But Honda had a different idea for Japan in the early 80s. At the time, the company was selling a subcompact car called the City. But in a densely-packed city like Tokyo, it was difficult for even the drivers of tiny cars to find parking near their desired destination. Honda’s solution was the Motocompo, a scooter that was designed to fold up so that you could store it in the City’s trunk. Ride into town, park your car, and then get your scooter out for mobility among the masses!

Paul d’Orleans (of The Vintagent fame) has saved a old City ad that briefly features the adorable Motocompo:

The motor is a 49cc 2-stroke that was good for a blistering top speed of about 19 miles per hour (30 km/h). The slow speed just makes it easier for everyone to check you out. Wet weight is a pound short of 100, and the handlebars/seat would fold up almost flush with the bodywork for easier storage in the City’s trunk.

As the ‘compo was only offered for three years and only in Japan, they’re hard to find in the homeland, let alone here in the USA. 53,369 were built between 1981 and 1983. Riding one is an odd experience, but if you crave attention it’ll be hard to beat this.

This example is VIN: AB121046110.

There is no odometer; true mileage is unknown.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean and sync the carb and replace the battery, the air filter, as well as the headlight and taillight bulbs. We also installed new IRC MB52 tires with date codes of 1623 and 1623.

Alex did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Fuel Tank Condition: Ok
Tire Years – Front/ Rear: 2001
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 50%
Tire Pressure – Front/ Rear: 30PSI
Brake Life – Front/ Rear:50%
Engine Oil – Level: Ok ; Quality: Aged,
Low Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Parking Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 6 Volt
Test Ride: Ok

– Cosmetic blemishes, scratches on paint/stickers
– Cracking stickers
– Rust/Corrosion to wheels, fuel tank
– Speedometer whines

– Oil seeping from 2T oil reservoir

This Motocompo appears to be completely stock.

Inside of the tank:

The sale includes two keys.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any Motocompo stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Santa Monica, California








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

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Private Party/Dealership


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Total Bids Placed:

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Sracer September 25, 2023 6:00 pm PDT $2,100
Steve350f September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $2,000 Auto
Sracer September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $1,900
Steve350f September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $1,700 Auto
Sracer September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $1,600
Steve350f September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $1,500 Auto
Sracer September 25, 2023 5:59 pm PDT $1,400
Steve350f September 24, 2023 10:15 am PDT $1,300 Auto
pooter22651 September 24, 2023 10:15 am PDT $1,200
Steve350f September 23, 2023 7:34 am PDT $1,100
pooter22651 September 23, 2023 7:34 am PDT $1,000 Auto
pooter22651 September 20, 2023 11:35 pm PDT $600
Chowchow September 20, 2023 11:35 pm PDT $500 Auto
Chowchow September 20, 2023 4:45 pm PDT $1 Reserve
Auction started September 20, 2023 3:05 pm PDT
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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Please contact for a quote.

We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
We recommend Bikes Abroad

$1,500 for US to Australia is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact Bikes Abroad for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

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