Big news from Honda today, as it confirms the CT125 Trail and the XR150L dual sport are both coming to Canada this year, at attractive pricing.
Honda CT125 Trail ($5,649)
Canada is getting the front-wheel-ABS-equipped version of this bike, which is a reboot of the old CT trailbike concept. The original CT90-CT110 series had semi-auto gearboxes, underbone frames and knobby tires for all-terrain capabilities. Due to their rugged, utilitarian nature, the original CT series was long prized by hunters, fishermen and other outdoorsmen, along with cottage owners, farmers and anyone else who wanted an accessible machine that could go off-pavement.
The new CT125 Trail came to overseas markets in 2020, and has been sold in the US for a while, but wasn’t available here until now. It’s powered by the same fuel-injected, air-cooled 124cc engine that Honda used before in the Grom (as well as the Wave scooter, the Ape, the Monkey, the Super Cub …). A four-speed semi-auto gearbox is standard, with no clutch required. Cargo rack and skid plate come standard.
It’s a bit heavier than the old CT series, and it doesn’t have the dual-range gearbox that those bikes featured, but it’s a good modern update of the idea. Honda says these machines will sell for $5,649 in Canada, which includes the MSRP of $4,971 and $678 in freight/PDI fees.
Honda XR150L ($4,599)
In case you haven’t noticed, small-cc dual sport motorcycles have been practically unobtanium in recent years, so now we get this small-bore machine. Announced earlier this year for the US market, the XR150L is now also confirmed for Canada.
This bike is apparently carbureted, or at least, there’s no mention of EFI in Honda’s release. It runs an air-cooled 144cc SOHC single-cylinder engine, with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel. It’s supposed to make 12.5 hp at 7,750 rpm from what we’ve seen elsewhere, although some reports say as low as 9 hp. We’ve seen versions of this bike ridden in other markets around the world for a while now; in some countries, it’s sold as a farm bike, complete with cargo rack. It looks like the Canadian version will also get that treatment, and even comes with a backup kickstarter, a rarity in our modern world!
Even more rare: A price tag under $5,000. MSRP is a crazy-low $3,921, and freight/PDI fees are $678, for a total fee of $4,599. Guess what? Honda is going to sell a pile of these.