Honda executives realised that there was little to entertain children during their parents visits to Honda car showrooms. 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, and it was sold in Japan by GOGO. 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.
The Kick ‘N’ Go range of scooters were sold exclusively through Honda car dealerships across the United States. They proved successful …until 1976, when two children were tragically killed in an accident whilst riding them. A safety committee decided that the scooters were too powerful to be controlled by children, and they were discontinued. Several thousand existing scooters were also recalled by Honda.
There were three different types of Kick ‘N’ Go scooter released by Honda, each available in red, silver, yellow or blue:
- The Kick-N-Go – released in 1974: a three-wheeled version that was intended for younger children weighing less than 135 pounds
- The Kick-N-Go 2 – released in 1976: a larger two-wheeled version was intended for older children and adults
- The Kick ‘N Go Senior (known as GOGO7 in Japan) – released in 1976: this was a larger version of the original three-wheeled model aimed at older children and adults.
All three models featured the same mechanism, the scooters being powered by kicking a pedal which in turn pulled a chain attached to the rear wheel. So, instead of kicking your foot on the ground as on a normal scooter, your foot kicks the pedal on the rear wheel, pumping it to go.
1976 Honda Kick ‘N’ Go
Three-Wheeler in Blue
1976 HONDA KICK ‘N’ GO SENIOR OWNER’S MANUAL