Can a vehicle from the eighties be considered classic? In this case, absolutely yes. And not only that, we are facing a genuine and authentic example of adaptation to the times, before a model that has been able to reinvent itself without ceasing to be himself.
The history of the Honda SH Scoopy shows that this scooter has managed to keep its personality intact despite more than thirty years that accumulates in your service history; always faithful to its Japanese character with a European vocation.
The truth is that little Honda – meaning hidden behind acronym SH, Small Honda – has turned out, over time, to be very large.
So much that they are already more than three decades leading the high wheel market, because that is one of its main characteristics, some 16-inch wheels that, together with the flat ground, have become key fundamental to its success.
Everything started in the mid eighties, a mythical decade that lit up among other wonders the arrival of Scoopy in our country. From the hand of Montesa Honda he presented himself in his first version SH 80 back in December 1984, a time of full biker effervescence, accentuated by the first victory in a GP of Sito Pons.
At that time, Honda was manufacturing the SH at the Belgian factory in Aalst, the new high-wheel scooter concept for the European market.
Powered by a modern and quiet 2-stroke motor with separate greasing, electric start and automatic transmission with variator and watertight belt, It was an avant-garde display that would mark the future of the sector. The 6 hp power available to this first version gave it an undeniable urban capacity, and its 80 km / h top speed they ventured the odd road trip.
In addition to its main hallmark, the 16 ”wheels, the Scoopy popularized the plastic body, lighter than traditional sheet metal, and soon found its way to a wide and varied audience that ranged from veteran large-displacement riders to the budding public. feminine. All unanimously praised its lightness, comfort and drivability, as well as its invaluable carrying capacity for bags and other bulky objects on its flat platform. A tremendous success.
This has been the history of the Honda SH Scoopy
1984: SH75 – The mythical SH Scoopy is born
It would not be until 1987, when Honda Motor Co. Ltd. assigned the Montesa Honda’s Spanish factory (then in Esplugues de Llobregat) the Scoopy production bound for all European countries. It was the beginning of a production marked by the Hispanic peculiarity that was applied to such a novel model.
A singularity necessary to adapt to the Spanish legislation of the A1 permit and that favored the creation of a new 75cc version. This displacement adjustment did not affect performance and the SH-Scoopy continued to gain wide acceptance, to the point of expanding the range with a new exclusive model, with alloy wheels and elegant black color.
Thus, it reached all strata, but especially among executives, businessmen and politicians, who incorporated it into their citizen habits. The SH-Scoopy effect spread hopelessly and soon the market asked for a version for the youngest.
The answer came in a 50cc vehicle with its distinctive individual seat, bound by European regulations for mopeds. Nothing could stop the Scoopy anymore.
1996: SH50 / 100 – The family begins to grow
The success of the Japanese scooter was clear and in the mid-nineties about 30,000 units were already circulating in Spain and it was one of the most popular models on the Old Continent. Honda Europe wanted to affirm its commitment to the model and created the second generation of the SH.
Produced in the Atessa factory (Italy), it was presented at the end of 1996 with two new 50 and 100 cc engines The 50 cc version quickly triumphed among the youth, thanks to its performance and aesthetics; it was the emergence of the SH-Scoopy phenomenon in full force. And not only in our country, the phenomenon spread throughout Europe, with Italy – the home of other well-known scooteril icons – leading the way.
2001: SH5125 / 150 – Goodbye to Q2, Q4 is here
The millennium began announcing changes and the 2000s proved key stage for the industry and the precise moment to say goodbye to one of the key elements of motorcycle evolution, the two-stroke engine. The environmental policies and of course the market strategies, led Honda to make a decision, to end the production of borehole engines.
From 2001 the mark of the golden wing It would only market 4-stroke engines and the SH-Scoopy was immersed in that whirlpool of changes. However, the iconic scooter kept its clear concept and unique personality. More than 55,000 units, between the SH 50 and SH 100 versions, circulated through our streets when Honda discontinued all models with a 2-stroke engine.
However, Scoopy was already part of the urban landscape and the arrival of a third generation SH with new displacement and mechanics Valve did not alter the sparkling trajectory of the scooter. Powered by a powerful, smooth and quiet 4-stroke engine equipped with modern SOHC 4-valve technology, the Scoopy featured the CBS combined braking system with a mechanical drive that prevents the rear wheel from locking. New arguments to enhance his legend.
The improved performance and a range of more than 150 km expanded the horizons of the SH, which received an extra boost when the validation of the B car permit to drive motorcycles up to 125 cc
The SH 125 literally exploded and positioned itself as a sales leader both in Spain and in the rest of Europe. At the end of 2003, 133,000 units of SH 125/150 were already circulating throughout the EU countries as a whole. Scoopy had reached maturity and with him, his audience. The average age of majority had been in the 30-40 age range and of that total, 40% were women.
2004: SH125 / 150i – Generation of the PGM-FI
True to its line, Honda made the SH the first motorcycle to comply with Euro 3 regulations. The European Union announced in 2004 the future Euro 3 regulation for internal combustion engines with severe reductions in pollutant emissions, and Honda Motor Co. began to adapt all its motorcycles to the future restriction.
Scoopy was among the first to receive the PGM-FI electronic injection fuel intake systemEssential for using the three-way HECS3 catalytic converter with an oxygen sensor in the exhaust already used in your high-end motorcycles and cars. Along with this engine overhaul, the Scoopy introduced a subtle aesthetic renovation and two-color combinations that modernized the new SH 125/150 FI model in February 2005, a moment that was also used to improve the driving position and reach to the ground.
2006: SH300i – Big Brother Arrives
Comfortably installed as a leader in urban mobility, the SH sets itself new challenges and aims directly at increasing its radius of action. This is how the SH 300i was born. The new series starts from a well-known mechanical base, a single cylinder derived from the enduro / motocross CRF 250. Assured performance, Honda does not want to move away from the essential concept of the Scoopy and therefore maintains the dimensions and agility of the set with an open frame and flat platform.
The new lower beam chassis, with reinforcement triangulations and larger section tubes, ensures total resistance to the torsional forces generated by the increase in power and performance. For its part, the rear suspension stands out for the swingarm with three articulation points to isolate the effect of rebounds and vibrations on the main chassis. The brakes are also updated and the CBS system (Combined Brake System) is adopted with the option of having an ABS anti-lock.
2009: SH125i / 150i – The Double Disc Scoopy
The visible head of the two wheels in many cities, the Scoopy must maintain its hegemony, and what better way than updating the design. Honda carried out an important update of your iconic scooter.
As a strong point improves the braking system, with the incorporation of a rear disc –up to this version the SH Scoopy has a 130 mm diameter single lever drum–, while adding to its color options a metallic matt gray version and incorporates a integrated windshield screen It offers protection against the wind. The reliable and clean mechanics, the agility and the ability to function in an environment as complicated as that of the big cities end up rounding out the attractive offer of the renewed scooter.
2013: SH125 – eSP engine and ABS system
Could an already round product be improved? Honda knows that it is and it does. In 2013 he decides to polish some details of his modern classic and incorporates improvements focused on load capacity, braking and consumption. The SH adds up and goes on.
Thanks to a new rack, the Scoopy has increased its load capacity, which can now accommodate a full face helmet under the seat, and keep the wide, comfortable flat bed and wheels high. The new frame, lighter than the previous one, also continues to provide its excellent levels of stiffness.
Also, a new eSP technology engine (enhanced Smart Power) low friction, equipped with Idle stop (automatic idling stop system), achieves a fuel consumption of just 2.1 l. / 100 km, which means a range of up to 355 km. Finally the incorporation of the version with ABS makes it the only scooter in its class that offers this possibility at the time.
2017: SH125 / 150 The… last?
And we come to the “last” generation of the Scoopy. An improved version of a product that has already entered two-wheel history on its own merits. Some say that it is the most elegant version of the model, which no one doubts is that it is the best … until now.
The last SH released fibers and optics, as well as a mechanics, revised and equipped with new air inlets to exceed the Euro 4 regulations, new more comfortable suspensions and new tires fitted with Michelin rubbers, adding a smart key as the icing on the cake. Eight generations have elevated the Honda SH as one of the witnesses and protagonists of the mobility of two centuries.