Renowned the world over for building some of the most beautiful custom bikes, the Deus Ex Machina brands’ creations command plenty of acclaim. Its latest creation is also no exception, despite being based on a modest classic Honda Super Cub moped.
This radical Honda Super Cub café racer was built by Deus’ Japanese branch and was signed by its new Director of Motorcycle Operations for Japan, Matthew Roberts. The custom Super Cub was built as a tribute to Soichiro Honda whilst infusing much of the Deus Ex Machina brand’s trandemark custom DNA.
Based on an original 1961 Firefly model, just the stock bike’s speedometer remains untouched in this transformation. Said component has been integrated into the custom’s all-composite body, whilst its design clearly adopts a pure race stance.
Built as a racer that meets the ‘Battle of Bottom Link N50’ class regulations, it can quickly turn into a full-fledged race bike thanks to the presence of quick-release mechanisms in the headlight, taillight and turn indicators, followed by an easily removable mesh protector.
The N50 class’ regulations allow the increase of engine displacement up to 20%, resulting in this custom Super Cub’s increased capacity from 49cc to 60cc. The 4-stroke OVH engine remains, along with the clutchless, three-speed transmission unit originally paired with it. However, Deus did not disclose much detail surrounding this little beast’s powertrain and its modifications.
Key highlight with this custom include its special monocoque body design that was crafted using epoxy composite. Deus skilfully hid the fuel tank, battery, ignition and wiring underneath the body. Another highlight are the uprated front and rear suspension, which now uses race-grade components and parts.
This custom rolls on a pair of original Super Cub wheel hubs that have undergone a mirror shine polishing treatment before being installed in DID rims with custom spokes. Also revised was the entire braking system, whilst the original single seat has been swapped with a custom unit covered in oxblood ribbed leather produced by Japanese upholstery guru Miauchi-san.
Much of this custom Super Cub’s components was redesigned and re-worked using original blueprints, with all of it finished to luxurious and high-level of perfection. Examples of which include including the bespoke rearsets, top bridge and more.
Honda Super Cub custom café racer by Deus Japan