After 30 years, the Honda EX5 has become a permanent fixture of the Malaysian motorcycling scene, with many riders getting their first taste of powered two-wheeling on a Honda Cub. First introduced to the Malaysian market in 1987, the Honda EX5 has sold more than two million units locally since its debut.

This is a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated 100 million units of the Honda Cub sold worldwide since 1958. The event is being commemorated by Honda with a LoveCubSnap site where Honda Cub fans can post pics of themselves and their Cubs.

Powered by a air-cooled, single-cylinder, OHC engine that displaces 109.17 cc, the Honda EX5 is claimed to produce 8.35 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via four-speed constant mesh gearbox with wet centifugal clutch.

With drum brakes front and rear, the Honda EX5 Dream Fi weighs in at 98 kg, while the addition of an electric starter adds another kilogram. The EX5 also comes with Honda’s PGM-Fi and fuel is carried in a 4.3-litre tank.

For 2017, three versions of the Honda EX5 Dream Fi are available. These are the base model RM4,906.74 Honda EX5 Dream Fi with kickstart and spoke wheels, and the electric start version with spoke and cast wheels at RM5,150.54 and RM5,404.94, respectively.

There are three main colour options for the 2017 Honda EX5 Dream Fi – Marianna Purple Metallic, Candy Scintillate Red, Pearl Nightfall Blue – and a special cast wheel wheel version in Pearl Magellanic Black. All prices include GST, but exclude registration, insurance and road tax.