Meet the cheapest Honda we’ve seen yet

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The 1970s called. They want their twin shocks and square headlight back.
The 1970s called. They want their twin shocks and square headlight back.
The 1970s called. They want their twin shocks and square headlight back.

What’s made in Nigeria, has two wheels, and costs barely more than a new XBox? Why, the new CG110 motorcycle, of course!

Made by Nigerians, for Nigerians, this new machine shows Big Red can still offer a motorcycle with a low price tag, if they want to. According to a Honda press release, the bike costs 100,000 naira in Nigera. That works out to about $675 CAD. To put that in perspective, a new XBox One retails for $500 right now; add in a few accessories and games, and you’d be over the price tag of the CG110!

You don’t get a lot of motorcycle with the CG110; it’s got super-spindly forks, drum brakes, and styling straight from the 1970s (square headlight! twin shocks!). But hey, who’s going to notice all that low-spec hardware when you’ve got three children, a couple grandparents, a few goats and a basket of lentils all strapped down to the machine?

Still, it’s too bad we can’t get a machine at even a remotely close price tag to this in North America – or maybe XBox Ones wouldn’t be so popular to begin with.

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. Well, it’s no more ugly than one of those Tomos scooter type bikes, that was a 2 stroke smok’n runabout that seems to have sold by the truckload. Put a round headlight on it (or 2) and keep the price around the same as those stupid f’ing slow in the way e-bikes and Honda may have a seller there.

  2. Percy, with bikes like this I will have to lower my fees for matters in Nigeria.

    But seriously, buy the bike and represent yourself, nobody is forced to pay a lawyer for anything.

  3. Good thing if it can the opportunity to Nigerian to own a bike. Could also give some Canadians the chance to own one also if it was available here.

  4. I bet this kind of bike would do well as a motorized version of Kona’s AfricaBike. Buy one in Canada for $1200 and another gets donated to a worthy cause in Africa…

  5. Amazing that one can now buy a ‘decent’ mode of transportation for what a @$#W$% lawyer charges for two hour’s ‘work’. Something just ain’t right!

  6. I suspect that painted exhaust would rust quickly in Canadian conditions (cold, wet) compared to Nigeria and there may be other parts that would have the same problem if for cost reasons they are not plated for corrosion protection. Also, it will be a hood ornament pretty quickly on any Canadian highway. I also expect it may not meet a lot of Canadian standards and tests for road vehicles: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/C.R.C.,_c._1038/page-1.html

    Still, if Honda can make a profit at that price then that may have a huge positive impact on the economy in Nigeria. Then maybe they’ll stop sending me those ridiculous emails about how their finance minister can send me $millions if I just send them a few $thousand.

  7. These would make good Motorcycle Training Course bikes … wonder if the Canada Safety Council got get a shipping container load of these brought over similar to what was done when they aquired the Brazilian-spec Honda Titan 150s several years ago … they weren’t Transport Canada approved, but were allowed into Canada providing they not see actual road use … training duty only.

    • Don’t forget that you’d also qualify for a portion of 10 million dollars for helping a Nigerian prince get his money out of the country.

    • Good point. “Due to inflation, per capita GDP today remains lower than in 1960 when Nigeria declared independence. About 45% of the population lives on less than US$2 per day.” (Wikipedia)

  8. This is one niche that the big four have forgotten about. The Chinese brands have moved into the sub $2000 market while biggies try to sell $9000 bikes to university students and burger flippers. The strangest part is that the big four already make bikes in the sub 2k range, like, uh the Honda dream. There is a version sold in Thailand with fuel injection, so don’t b,tch about emissions certification.

  9. An interesting report until this lame comment :

    “But hey, who’s going to notice all that low-spec hardware when you’ve got three children, a couple grandparents, a few goats and a basket of lentils all strapped down to the machine ”

    Zak could have done better than this.

    Low spec hardware and 70’s style ?
    Most regulars on here resemble that exactly.
    I for one have no problem with twin shocks as long as they work.
    Some recently reviewed bikes (Yamaha) have trouble delivering supposedly modern machines with parts that work.

    I’m not a marketing manager, and I prefer simplicity combined with functional design. I actually prefer round headlights, gauges that gauge without an electronic light show, so I suspect I am out of touch with what sells to the modern generation.

    I can recall a time when most bikes were under a $Grand and my first Kawasaki I saw was being sold at Canadian Tire.
    So what is wrong that a Honda can be produced for a profit at $675 Canadian dollars retail ?
    If it can be done then we should have that product choice over here.

    Why not ?

    I apologize if this rant missed the humour and the point of this article.

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