The wait is almost over. Honda’s confirmed it will be entering the CT125 into production, and it will be officially unveiled this weekend.
In some markets, Honda says the machine will be officially known as the Hunter Cub; in others, it’ll be called the Trail Cub. That’s good to know, as it means that despite the initial roll-out being Japan-only, Honda does seem to want to export it to other markets.
This weekend’s introduction comes as the bike was supposed to be introduced at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, but sadly, that event was a victim of the COVID-19 lockdown … so the bike will be revealed to the public over the Internet. This is becoming “a thing,” as Kawasaki recently had an online-only press launch, and Ducati’s expecting to do the same thing with the new Streetfighter V4 soon.
We’ve seen enough of the new CT125 to know what to expect, anyway. While we may not have exact specs, it’s got the air-cooled engine (four-speed gearbox, approx. 9 hp, EFI) from the Honda Grom in a rugged chassis that’s styled after the CT line that Honda’s sold all over the world. It’s a modern-day postie bike!
Pricing for the machine looks promising. It’s expected to cost around 440,000 yen, which works out to be around $5,750 CAD. That price might be just a tad high in the Canadian market, but frankly speaking, don’t expect it here anytime soon anyway. The current social distancing lifestyle has not been good for the moto-industry, and the OEMs are not going to be falling over themselves to introduce new bikes to North American anytime soon.