One of the unsung heroes of last year’s show circuit was Honda’s CB125X. It was small, cute, and in many markets, highly functional.
But as it doesn’t really suit North American riders, nobody here paid much attention to it. Maybe we should have, because it seems like Honda might be preparing to put it into production.
Reports out of Europe say Honda’s now gone to the hassle of filing to protect the design of the CB125X. That’s no guarantee of actual production, but it does show Honda is taking its machine seriously.
The CB125X is not based on the Grom’s engine, but on the engine from Honda’s CB125R. The CB125R is no longer sold in Canada, but its equivalents are still very popular machines in other markets, where a 125 is considered a fairly decent bike and a 250 is a real hairy-chested man’s machine! Specs are hard to come by, but the CB125X at least appears to have decent fuel capacity, and certainly has an edgy design. One interesting design feature is the triple headlights: a single beam in the standard position over the front wheel, and two more tucked away into the bodywork.
The CB125X was designed by Honda’s Italian subsidiary, as well as a supermoto version of the same platform, but feedback hasn’t been as excited for the su-mo, and we haven’t seen any design protection filed yet for that machine.
Would the CB125X make it to Canada, if it enters production? It’s highly unlikely, but the CBR125 did make it to our market for several years.