Sunday, January 31, 2010
Certainly one of the most embarrassing moped ad campaigns ever, but underneath the tacky name was a solid bike, Honda's answer to the great moped surge of the late 1970s. The engine was one of Honda's very few 2-stroke units, and required 32:1 premix- rare for Honda but very common in the moped world. Two versions were available: An unregulated 30mph model, sold in Europe and parts of the US, and a 20mph speed regulated model sold in most of the US. Parts are a bit hard to find for these 'peds, especially engine and carb parts, as this was a pretty unique buike in Honda's range.
UPDATE: Fred David writes to tell me that the Hobbit was known as the Camino in Europe. He says that while stock performance wasn't very impressive, a number of Italian tuning parts could be used to squeeze more out of the engine.
Posted by michael edelman at 4:48 PM