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40 years in the future and the Honda Kick ‘N Go still holds its value to kids of all ages!

Honda Kick N Go 2

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Walking into a Honda dealership during the 70’s was a glorious time for families and parents, but for kids it wasn’t the most ideal of places to be. Honda Motor Company wanted to capitalize the possibilities of selling to youngsters and a toy-line segment that seemed void amongst what current dealerships offered. Soon Honda Introduced the Honda Kick ‘N Go or Honda Roller-Through GOGO in Japan. The idea for the scooter came from an “Idea” contest held by Honda and it’s employees internally. Akuto, a subsidiary of Honda helped develop the Kick ‘N Go for it’s release.

After a test market of 2,000 sold units in local Japanese stores, the first Kick ‘N Go was released in 1974 via official Honda dealerships and was an instant hit in both Japan and US. Offered in Yellow, Silver, Red and Blue and selling for roughly $50-$75 USD, it quickly became a wanted item amongst children of all ages who found out about it. In the US, many stories of these scooters have surfaced over the years from being the hot Christmas item of year or them being jealous of the kid on the playground riding dirty with one. It was definitely the ‘want’ item of the year for most children wanting a Honda.

The idea was simple enough, so how did it work? All a user would have to do is push their rear left or right foot on the bar pedal that extended out for the base and push down. This would stretch a small gear and chain away from the rear wheel, resulting in a mechanical propulsion to the larger gear. Once up to speed If you felt you were going too fast, hold down the included brake handle on the handle bars and you would stop accordingly. Interesting enough with the design was how does one turn with this scooter? Ah the genius minds at Honda R&D were clever on this one. The front section actually pivoted to the left and right allowing the user to lean their weight to whichever direction they needed to go.

Plastic wheels with a rubber outlay gave good grip to the pavement while the sturdiness of the overall frame gave kids a solid handle to hold on to dear life with if they broke away on a high pursuit. The dreaded 100lb weight limit sticker proved to be a downer for most older kids or young teenagers who wanted to try them. To combat this, Honda released a Kick ‘N Go 2 (US Only) in 1976 for teenagers alongside a Kick ‘N Go Senior (GOGO7) for adults.

In Japan and numerous surrounding countries, the Honda Kick ‘N Go was extremely popular with local transportation alongside the bicycle. It proved to be a practical advancement for those who wanted something light and small. Many local outlets in Japan included a section for the GOGO and other competitor scooters to be locked up alongside bicycles for storage during business/school hours.

The mascot for the GOGO in Japan was that of a Duck who always showed up in the advertisements as having fun and insisting for kids to try it out. The mascot did not pick up popularity in the US, but some Honda dealers displayed him as a cardboard cutout alongside the Kick ‘N Go’s for sale to help entice a younger audience. Advertisements in Japan and the US were heavy with local Television commercials being the most funded way to get the product across.

The scooter has some chips and scratches in the paint, and is in good condition for year that is was manufactured. The scooter is free of major damage including bends and cracks. The kick mechanism works well, the steering is tight and the wheels show very little wear.

This scooter is being sold as is, please see photographs for details.

Additional Information

Year 1976
Gender Unisex
Color Blue
Frameset Info not available
Manufacturer 3TTT
Decade 1970s
Country of Origin Japan
Bike Number 167564
Serial Number 009904
Used or New Used
Can be seen at 640 W Washington
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