Content by Marc Carter
Back in the 1980s, Honda had this cool thing called the Motocompo—a gas-powered scooter that could fold up neatly into the storage area of their Honda City. It was like a hidden gem, not sold in the US, but it served as a nifty “trunk bike” for those last few miles after parking your car.
Fast forward to today, where the focus is on electric rides, and voila! Honda introduced the Motocompacto. It’s the electric version of the Motocompo, featuring a small battery giving it a 12-mile range at speeds up to 12 mph. The catch? That little battery fully recharges in just 3.5 hours. Picture this: you cruise to your office a few miles away, plug in the Motocompacto at a regular power outlet, and by the time you’re ready to leave, it’s fully charged for the ride back.
This thing is tiny—just over 38 inches long and 35 inches tall. When folded, it’s a mere 21.1 inches tall, 3.7 inches wide, and 29.2 inches long. Weighing only 41.3 pounds, it’s a breeze to pop into your car trunk.
Getting it ready for a ride is a cakewalk. Unfold, mount the seat, set up the handlebars, and pull out the rear wheel—less than a minute, and you are good to go, complete with a brake light and a headlight for safety.
Honda being Honda, they’ve made every inch count. There’s even a slot in the middle when unfolded, perfect for your laptop or a small bag. The digital screen lets you fire up the scooter and choose between two drive modes. Mode 1 keeps it slow until you kick off with your feet, while Mode 2 takes you from 0 to its top speed of 15 mph.
Powered by a front electric motor, it may not seem like a powerhouse, but it is surprisingly fun to ride. You sit low, feeling more secure, and it is easy to control making it a fab way to get around.
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