Honda’s 50cc MB5 “sports moped” experiment was short-lived; it was only sold in the US for one year in 1982. It had been popular in Europe and Asia, but as with many exchanges the strange moped/motorcycle hybrid flopped when it was presented to the power hungry, bigger-is-better American market. In Europe the MB’s moped-sized two-stroke engine classified it as a scooter and it was restricted to 30 mph, but in the US the bike’s 5-speed transmission qualified it as a motorcycle, and although the speedometer reads to 75mph, that’s purely chimerical. The tachometer spins to an impressive 10,500 rpm, but despite the high revs power output is meager at best. For the most part the model faded into obscurity, but a few individuals were intrigued and that interest has grown into a strange, underground cult following.