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ADV NewsHonda Trail 125 Is Coming To The US, And Sooner Than We Thought

Honda Trail 125 Is Coming To The US, And Sooner Than We Thought

Honda's simple, rugged, go-anywhere Trail Bike gets a modern upgrade.

Published on 09.03.2020

It’s been a few months since Honda first announced the release of the CT125 Hunter Cub in Asia with no word of the new model coming to this side of the pond. Now, Honda has revealed it will in fact be coming to North America, quenching the thirst of fans of the long-gone model. 

The CT125 Hunter Cub, dubbed the ‘Trail 125’ here in the States, resurrects a revered model that introduced the joys of casual on-and off-road riding to many. The much-anticipated spinoff of the street-oriented C125 Super Cub takes Honda back to its CT90/110 Trail-series roots. Buyers by the millions loved the Trail-series’ simplicity, rugged design and go-anywhere ability. The case could be made  that it was the original adventure bike.

Debuted in 2019 as a concept model at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show, the CT125 received rave reviews, along with requests for a production model. That wish is now granted with the introduction of the 2021 Honda Trail 125, which expands upon the scope of the popular Super Cub C125 to include casual riding in rural settings, including two-track roads and trails.


This was accomplished by strengthening the C125 chassis, increasing suspension travel and improving fuel range. The engine is the same 125cc four-stroke, single-cylinder overhead-camshaft design operating two valves, but with a high-mounted air intake and upswept exhaust that enhance low-end and midrange power. As with the Super Cub, the Trail 125 has a four-speed semi-automatic transmission. The engine guard adds protection from obstacles like large rocks and tree stumps.

Honda’s designers maintained the distinctive look that propelled the purchase of hundreds of thousands of CT-series machines over six decades. With the launch of the Trail 125, Honda taps into the success of similarly nostalgic miniMOTO models to introduce riders to the joys of trekking on roads and trails.

Honda Trail 125. CT125 Trail Bike
Honda Trail 125. CT125 Trail Bike

“When American Honda was established in 1959 and began offering the Honda 50, Idaho dealer Herb Uhl started modifying it for off-road use, resulting in Honda producing the Trail 50,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. “That model became ubiquitous in American campgrounds and on motorhome bumpers in the ’60s and ’70s and led to a number of successors. For that reason, the CT brand has a special history with the U.S. market, and it’s great to see it return with the Trail 125 which, like the Super Cub and Monkey, harkens back to a golden era of American motorcycling but with modern technology and reliability.”

Honda Trail 125. CT125 Trail Bike on the way to the USA.

The 2021 Honda Trail 125 is scheduled for release in November and will be available in Glowing Red. The MSRP is $3,899.

More information is available here.

ENGINE TYPE:Air-Cooled, 4-stroke, Single OHC
Ignition:Fully transistorized
BORE X STROKE:52.4mm x 57.9mm
HORSEPOWER:8.8 @ 7,000 RPM
TORQUE:8.1 ft-lbs @ 4,500 RPM
STARTING:Electric and Kick
CLUTCH:Wet multi-plate coil spring centrifugal
Stator Output:190 Watts
Final Drive:#420 Chain; 14T/39T
GEARS:Semi-automatic 4 speed
FUEL CAPACITY:1.4 gal (5.3L)
FRONT TIRE:80/90-17 
REAR TIRE:80/90-17
front BRAKE:Single 220mm hydraulic disc with ABS
Rear Brake:Single 190mm hydraulic disc
SEAT HEIGHT:31.5 in. (800mm)
LENGTH:77.2 in. (1960mm)
WIDTH:31.7 in. (805mm)
OVERALL HEIGHT:42.7 in. (1085mm)
Rake (Caster Angle):27°
Trail:3.1 in.
Front Suspension:27mm telescopic fork; 4.3 in. travel
Rear Suspension:Twin shock; 3.4 inches travel
GROUND CLEARANCE:6.5 in. (165mm)
WHEELBASE:49.4 in. (1255mm)
WEIGHT:259 pounds (117kg)
PRICE:$3,899 USD

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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19 thoughts on “Honda Trail 125 Is Coming To The US, And Sooner Than We Thought

  1. I’d like another color too, but would buy red if I had to. Looks like something I could use for my retirement cross-country tip. I’ll be able to take all the time I need and speed won’t matter.

  2. I feel vindicated! I have a Honda dealership as clients and own a 1971 CT 90! All of the dated things are being corrected (more power, 12 volt system, a fuel injection system) without losing its character. Guess who is going to order one! My 1071 CT 90 just turned over 6200 miles and runs perfect!

  3. Like to see an Orange one. Like my 74 which
    I’ll never get ride of. Guess I’ll have an old one
    And a new one, hopefully in orange..

  4. I left a 500 $ deposit at the dealer in rapid city. In February. They said i may have to wait until next year for one and yellow may be availible by then ? I am 7 in line . I had a super 90 at 14 yrs old and two trail 90s. ?And wished I had several of the 305 fiberglass they had. Real classics.

  5. I requested this bike for my 72nd birthday which is later this month. When we called our nearest dealership we were told they are three years out. Guess I am SOL.


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