Honda’s miniMOTO lineup has been a big hit for the Japanese brand, and now the lineup of pint-sized 125cc motorcycles is about to see the inclusion of its next machine, the Honda Trail 125 (the Honda Hunter Cub 125 in non-US markets).
Though still not a confirmed model for the USA and Europe, all signs point to the “Hunter Cub” (in at least one of its various names) coming to both markets.
We don’t have to wait for the bike’s arrival though to know what we’re getting though, as the new model is already on Honda Japan’s website, under the Honda CT125 name.
Like with units of yore, the Honda CT125 builds off the Honda Super Cub platform, though with noticeably longer suspension and a higher ground clearance.
The Japanese-spec bike has only a single seat and a luggage rack, but there are pegs for a passenger. We would expect this feature to be absent on an American model though, as was the case with the Super Cub, however for the Asian markets, the use of a cushion is often seen on the luggage rack for two-up riding, and Honda seems to indulge this usage with its engineering.
Beyond there the addition of an LCD dash, there are other modern bits, like the disc brakes fore and aft, which see a single-channel ABS fitted to the front wheel only. That suits the off-road slant of the CT125 just fine, as does the touted 143 miles per gallon fuel efficiency rating (according to Japanese testing standards).
Pricing in Japan sees the Honda CT125 commanding a ¥440,000 price tag, which is a modest increase over the pricing on the Honda Super Cub. As such, we would expect to see the model retailing for €4,200 in Europe and $4,100 in the USA, which is a €500 / $500 premium over the Super Cub in those markets (inline with the Honda Monkey, however).
All bets are off when it comes to delivery to markets outside of Asia because of complications from the coronavirus outbreak, but we would expect to see the Honda Trail 125 coming to the USA in 2021. American Honda is of course mum on any official confirmation, however.
With the complaints that modern motorcycles are too expensive, and thus not affordable to today’s cash-strapped buyer, Honda seems to be finding a way to bring sub-$5,000 models to market that are not only approachable for new riders, but also fun to ride. No wonder they are selling like hotcakes worldwide. Take note.