1982 Honda Motocompo

SOLD FOR: $3,650

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

This auction has ended.


Additional photos of this Honda Motocompo 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: AB121017241. It came to Iconic as an import from Japan.

There is no odometer, true mileage is unknown.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the battery, clean the carb, and give the bike a detail. Yonni did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 85% *Tires Cracking*
Tire Pressure – Front: 15PSI; Rear: 22PSI
Brake Life – Front: 85%; Rear: 70%
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Dark
Oil Injection – Level: Ok, 1/2 Full
Low Beam: Ok
Turn Signals: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 6Volt
Charging Voltage: 8.2V

Yonni also found that the inside of the fuel tank has some rust and that there is a missing cable lock. He recommends changing the oil and installing new tires.

This Motocompo appears to be completely stock.

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

Please note: There is orange peel present throughout the bodywork. It appears to have been re-touched/re-painted in some areas. The OEM wheels are black, these have been painted as well.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on IRC MB52 tires with date codes of 3410.

The sale includes two keys.

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!

Additional Information


Santa Monica, California








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 17

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: dreiswig75

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $3,650 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
dreiswig75 February 4, 2023 6:44 pm $2,600
Bigvee1979 February 4, 2023 6:44 pm $2,500 Auto
Bigvee1979 February 4, 2023 5:42 pm $2,400 Auto
vic1921 February 4, 2023 5:42 pm $2,300
Bigvee1979 February 4, 2023 5:42 pm $2,200 Auto
vic1921 February 4, 2023 5:42 pm $2,100
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 1:02 pm $2,000
Bill Dunbar February 3, 2023 1:02 pm $1,900 Auto
Bill Dunbar February 3, 2023 12:58 pm $1,600
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 12:58 pm $1,500 Auto
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 12:34 pm $1,100 Auto
Cheapspeed February 3, 2023 12:34 pm $1,000
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 11:01 am $550 Auto
Georgetitle February 3, 2023 11:01 am $450
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 11:01 am $350 Auto
Georgetitle February 3, 2023 11:01 am $250
Bigvee1979 February 3, 2023 9:07 am $1
Auction started February 2, 2023 11:23 am
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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 concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com for a quote.

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

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