Honda CT125 Hunter Cub : More teasing, no word on Canadian availability

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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?

6 COMMENTS

  1. At today’s exchange rate the CT 125 retails for $3638 Canadian. Honda would sell many if they sold it in Canada for the same price. They could sell to new riders, the relatively rich who have cottages and RVs who want something easily stored to just get around, and to those who appreciate the barely over 2litres per 100km mileage who can envision some far ranging adventures with a jerry can and camping gear on the back.

    Call me frustrated in Canada.
    On the other hand I’m so glad Yamaha built my oh so versatile WR250R. Motorcycles are by nature about compromises and the WRR is such a good compromise.

  2. Canada was never an important market. For the most part we just got whatever the US did.
    Yes, the days of the US being the market leader in motorcycles are dead, for anything other than big cruisers. Larger displacement sports/touring/ADV bikes are targeted more at Europe. Smaller bikes at developing markets. We’ll get whatever they make that they think will sell here.

  3. Thanks for the CT125 update. I’ll pick up a Suzuki Van Van while they’re still available if the CT125 doesn’t come to Canada. But I think I’d prefer the Honda. So, fingers crossed.

  4. Why would it be more than the super cub? If I’ve correctly done my internet surfing I see the Thailand price is less for the CT125

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