Honda is bringing out a revived postie bike design to the show circuit, based on the Grom engine.
The new CT125 concept bike looks an awful lot like the CT90 and CT110, which are famously used as mail delivery machines in other countries, and also have been pressed into round-the-world duty by Nathan Millward and other adventurers. Honda says the CT125 will debut at this year’s Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
The original CT line was successful because it was easy to ride (semi-auto gearbox, step-through frame, low seat height), but also capable of traversing rough terrain thanks to its knobby tires. And, those old air-cooled engines were tough as nails.
Well, the Grom engine also has a reputation for toughness. Honda’s sold a pile of them over recent years, also using them to power the Wave scooter even before the Grom came out, as well as the recent Super Cub scooter.
The Super Cub scooter showed Honda’s smart enough to recognize great ideas from its past and update them for the present, with EFI and modern engine. The original CT line was much-loved for its toughness and versatility, and this new concept seems designed with the same principles in mind. If Honda follows through with a production version of this model, we’d imagine it will be a big hit with a wide variety of riders, from those who just want the nostalgic kicks, to those who want the same blend of features that the original had.