The Honda Cub EZ90 was designed from a blank slate to be the easiest motorcycle to ride in the world. It has an electric starter, an automatic transmission, a sealed final drive chain, a futuristic body design, and a low seat height of 29.5 inches (749mm).
Honda developed the Cub EZ90 as a new member of the long running Honda Cub family, releasing the new model in 1991 and selling it until 1996. It was designed to offer simple off-road thrills for those who had never ridden a motorcycle before.
Fast Facts – The Honda Cub EZ90
- The styling of the Honda Cub EZ90 has been winning it fans for decades now, to was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, incorporating futuristic and minimalistic style cues.
- Great care was taken to make the bike easy to ride for first timers. It has an electric starter, a safe enclosed chain, simple scooter-like body work, and an automatic transmission.
- The Honda Cub family of scooters and motorcycles started production in 1958, it has included dozens of different sub-models over the years and it’s now the most produced motor vehicle in history, with over 100 million built.
- Under the plastic bodywork of the Cub EZ90 you’ll find a steel frame, a 90cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine, a variable-ratio automatic transmission. The bodywork also includes a couple of lockable storage areas for snacks and supplies.
The World’s Easiest Motorcycle
When it was released in the early 1990s the Honda Cub EZ90 was hailed by some as the “world’s easiest motorcycle” due to the fact that it had no clutch, no manual gearbox, and a very simple, user-friendly design.
The EZ90 wasn’t developed to meet the expectations of experienced motorcyclists but rather for their spouses, kids, friends, and family who were curious about motorcycles but perhaps a little afraid of them.
Things like kick-starters, exposed drive chains, clutches, and manual foot-operated gearboxes can tend to pose a significant barrier to entry to the world of motorcycles for many. Scooters have largely addressed many of these issues of course, but Honda wanted something with a little more off-road capability.
The end result is essentially an off-road scooter, with added ground clearance, longer travel suspension, a bash plate under the engine, and hand guards on the handlebars.
The Honda Cub EZ90 Specifications
Once you remove the futuristic plastic bodywork, Honda Cub EZ90 looks much more like a standard small-capacity motorcycle or scooter. It has a steel frame cradling a 90cc single-cylinder, two-stroke motor that relies on air-cooling and an automatic oil injection system.
Power is sent to the rear wheel via a variable-ratio automatic transmission through a sealed chain final drive. The EZ90 did come equipped with an auxiliary kickstarter however it had a built-in electric starter that was typically used, unless you had a flat battery of course.
Suspension consists of a rectangular-section tubular steel swing arm in the rear with a monoshock offering 4.3 inches of travel. Up front you’ll find traditional 27mm telescopic forks with 3.9 inches of travel, and protective fork gaiters to keep dirt out.
Drum brakes are used front and back, and there’s a steel bash plate under the engine to protect it should you happen to bottom it out hard enough.
Lifting the seat gives you access to the oil tank and the air filter, the fuel filler cap is in front of the seat, and the plastic body incorporates two lockable storage areas for carrying snacks, spares, and supplies.
The 1994 Honda Cub EZ90 Shown Here
The bike you see here is a beautifully preserved 1994 Honda Cub EZ90, it looks to be in almost new condition throughout and it carries red and white paintwork with “Elf” livery.
The listing doesn’t contain a wealth of information, likely this is because the current owner bought the bike just two years ago. It does come with an owner’s manual, Honda tools, two keys, and a bill of sale.
We don’t often see these come up for sale in this kind of condition, usually they look a lot rougher as they’ve typically been used by many people over the years to learn how to ride – resulting in many crashes at varying speeds.
If you’d like to read more about this Cub EZ90 or place a bid on it you can click here to see the listing. It’s being offered for sale on Bring A Trailer with no reserve out of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Images courtesy of Bring A Trailer
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