Bike aficionados understand the value of the Honda Trail. Rising to popularity in the 1960s due its dynamic combination of reliable performance and affordability, the bike has been a steady marque for Honda’s motorcycle arm, and to call it iconic won’t be too much of a stretch.
Sixty years after the introduction of the first Honda Trail comes the all-new 2021 Honda Trail 125 ABS (CT125). Based on the the Super Cub CT125, the new version resurrects a celebrated model injected with a healthy dose of practicality and technology to deliver a miniMOTO that “pays tribute to the past while adapting easily to modern lifestyles,” Honda describes.
Honda launched the 2021 Honda Trail 125 ABS at last year’s 46th Tokyo Motor Show as a concept model. The unveiling received rave reviews, with Honda getting flooded with requests for a production version. The Japanese bike maker is letting everyone know that it listened closely to its customers with the release of the new version, which expands upon the scope of the popular Super Cub C125 to include casual riding in rural settings, including two-track roads and trails.
Owing to the Honda Trail 125’s light off-roading reputation, Honda made it a point to strengthen the C125 chassis while also increasing suspension travel. The engine is the brand’s signature 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 semiautomatic transmission. All these are designed to help improve the bike’s fuel range without sacrificing performance.
Honda’s designers upheld the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” mentality when they decided to keep the bike’s distinctive look. It propelled the purchase of hundreds of thousands of CT-series machines over six decades after all, and with retro bikes all the rage these days, this looks like a smart move on Honda’s part.
“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,” the company said in a press release.
The 2021 Honda Trail 125 is scheduled for November release in the states, and will be available in Glowing Red paint finish. Whether this will be the only finish available has not been confirmed. The MSRP is USD3,899—which amounts to PHP189,374 before taxes and fees.
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