It’s a sure thing now: The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is in production. At this point, it’s confirmed for Asian markets; first, we saw it was headed for Japan. This latest vid shows the machine is also headed for Thailand, and drops a few other bits of information as well.
The CT125 first appeared at the Tokyo show back in October, 2019. It takes the classic Honda CT design (horizontal-mount engine, semi-step-through frame, low seat height) and updates it with the engine from the Honda Grom (also the Honda Wave, Honda Super Cub, Honda Monkey). It’s classic Honda tactics, re-using existing tech in a more functional fashion. It keeps the price down, Big Red already knows the engine is reliable and customers also trust the Grom’s four-speed, air-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder motor.
There’s also classic Honda marketing at play here. Note the general message of the video above: Leave the cares of civilization behind! Be one with nature! Go fishing! Explore! And so on. It’s interesting to see this message broadcast to Asian buyers, just as it was broadcast to North American buyers 50 years ago, when the first CT models were gaining popularity in the US and Canada. What does this tell you about current geopolitics and economics, and the future relevancy of our market?
Anyway, in the video advert, you can see the bike for what it is: A fairly low-adrenaline dual sport machine. At this point, we know it’s likely got ABS as standard, it comes with a semi-auto clutch, and pricing will be likely be higher than the Super Cub. Not that that really matters, because Canada doesn’t get the Super Cub at this point, either. Stay tuned, though—we expect to see the CT125 announced for our market soonish, and maybe the Super Cub will tag along?