6 Mar 2013

2000 km on the Super 100

When I got the Super 100 on the 10th of November last year it was brand new with zero kilometers. It was the very first brand new bike I had in my life and it made me so happy. Have been riding it the whole winter. Great little bike for the streets of Amsterdam. Crashed it last week on a roundabout. No real damage, just a a little scratch on my precious ego. Two days ago the km meter reached 2000km. Time for a small love letter to my Super 100.

It's great to ride very close to the edge all the time if you know what I mean. Because it's so light you can go very fast in a corner. Much faster than you would normally do when riding a more heavy bike. This thing is just 80 kilo's. When I ride this bike I feel I can do almost anything. And the cool thing is I can. Because it looks more like a moped than a motorcycle and a moped is almost a bicycle and a bicycle rider in Amsterdam can do anything, I repeat anything.

Most people that ride mopeds around here don't stop for a red light if there's no other traffic. If that same guy would step of his moped scooter and step on a Motorcycle he would NOT do that on a Motorcycle...! You just don't do that.

I can do moped things when I want to and that's great in a city with lots of one way roads (except for bicycles and mopeds). I ride on bicycle lanes when I want to. Take the ferry that is moped and bicycle only. And I can ride it like a moped.  It weights nothing so jumping over speed bumbs is big fun and most people think I'm a crazy person when this loud moped decides to ride on the Highway, WTF is he doing, OMG!

The difference between a Super moped or Super motorcycle version is only noticeable from the back where you can see my license plate. So when cops sees me coming or hear me coming (it's sporting a aftermarket exhaust that is loud in a good way) most of the time they think I'm riding a moped with a bigger engine but in the end they see I'm on a motorbike. It's still a moped with a bigger engine but a legal one, ha! Great to see the irritated faces when they can't fine me a ticket after all.

Lot's of people start talking to me on the road when I'm for example waiting for traffic lights, They tell me they used to ride a bike just like that when they where young or giving me thumps up when I'm riding top speed on the highway with 90km per hour.
It's the fastest thing on two wheels in the city. It's smaller than any other motorbike so lane splitting is sooo easy. Riding through a park? Oh, look at that old moped from the sixties, it's so cute! One way street? No problem. Tunnel just for motorbikes and cars? It's a motorbike you silly, so no problem! This chameleon can be what ever you want it to be and no one will care. So cool.

The only thing that is bothering me really is that it has a drum brake with no stopping power as a front brake. It looks very nice but it just isn't good enough for this 100cc.
When you're going faster than 50km per hour, stopping this little bike with just your front brake will be the last thing you do when you have to stop for that girl in her SUV texting her mom about her new lipstick. But the good thing about that is that is I started to use my rear brake. I have to use it now or I will die.

Never did I use the rear brake on my GR650, Street Triple, CB400R or my GPZ1100. It sounds crazy, I know, but I just didn't.  When all your weight is going to your front wheel when you brake your rear brake becomes rather useless. So I figured why use it at all..? But now that I do use it it changed my riding style. Especially when your not going very fast rear brake braking is a good thing to do because you can use all your right hand fingers for controlling the bike. At times you need all the extra control you can get. So I still want a disc front brake on this Super 100 but I'm happy this bike forced me to start using my rear brake. The rear brake works fine by the way.

In the Netherlands we call everything with a 50cc engine or less a moped. Brommer is the Dutch word for it. Check the Super site here


Chalopy said...

Rijdt lekker hè. 7 april is er een Honda rit in A'dam. Ride of the Valkyries, verzamelen om 12.00u op het museumplein. Plingplong zal geen probleem zijn.

Bubble Visor said...

Cool! Dat wist ik nog niet. Ga ik checken, thanks!

Zoran Holtkamp said...

Noice piece Lenny!
Gotta love the Super.

Capion mc said...

WTF is a super 100? is it some sort of Cub ????? could your contributor send some more photos? It sure sounds like a fun city bike.

Bubble Visor said...

Yes it's very much a Cub but redesigned for modern standards. The Dutch Super Motor Company makes them. It now has modern lights, it's lighter than the original Honda, plastic mud guards. Produced in China instead of Japan. Just click on the link in the beginning or the end of the text to go to their site and see all the info and pictures you need.

Unknown said...

Damn that looks like a nice moped! There seem to be a lot of shops selling it in the Netherlands, but only two in Germany, so its hard to get some more informations about the SMC Super in general.

Your Super100 review sounds quite nice, but did you also ride the Super50 for comparison?

Looking for a 50ccm so my girlfriend could ride it too..!