ALL-NEW 2019 HONDA SUPER CUB
The Super Cub C125 marks the evolution of the legendary Super Cub, which has been sold in over 160 countries and in excess of over 100 million units! Now Honda welcomes a new chapter in the Cubs unique story with the release of the C125, designed for modern life in a busy city, it's timeless design expresses value and universality and offers a new level of performance with a modern engine and updated handling ability.
The very first Super Cub C100 was introduced back in 1958, when Honda was only 10 years old. The Cub was designed by Soichiro Honda and his long-time business partner Takeo Fujisawa with the very straightforward goal: 'to provide the joy of playing a useful part in people's lives.'
Fast-forward to 2017 - nearly 60 years later when the 100 millionth Super Cub rolled off the production line, making it the most popular motor vehicle the world has ever seen. Along the way, the Super Cub's simple attributes of style, reliability, frugality and sheer usability have never gone out of fashion; it has quietly achieved exactly what Soichiro and Takeo wanted - to get people mobile and keep them mobile.
Up until now the latest model - the Super Cub C110 - has been available in Japan, where it's proved popular with business users including the Japanese Post Office and in South East Asia, where it's found a place in people's homes as private transport. Aware of a demographic of urban riders - both younger and more mature - who are looking for retro-inspired machinery with real credibility and head-turning style, Honda is pleased to offer the Super Cub C125 to the Australian market.
The C125 is an evolution of the legendary Super Cub machine and the next chapter in its long history, designed for modern life in a busy city. Its timeless design expresses value and universality and offers a new level of performance with a modern engine and updated handling ability. Just like it was for our founder, the new C125 is designed to put joy and positivity into daily life - and will put a big smile on the face of every Super Cub owner whenever and wherever they ride it.
Simple, robust, reliable, economical is the Super Cub C125 engine in a nutshell. The air-cooled two-valve fuel-injected SOHC 125cc unit has been enhanced cosmetically with a matte metallic-look paint finish and chrome detailing to give it a premium look, and also updated internally to improve the riding experience.
Engine noise is kept to a minimum by the use of helical primary gears and higher precision crank journal bearings. Bearings have been added to the shift drum for a slicker gear change; rubber is employed on the shift arm (also to reduce noise) and optimised clutch damper rubber reduces shift shock.
Bore and stroke are set at 52.4 x 57.9mm, with compression ratio of 9.3:1. The gearbox is a 4 speed unit and - in classic Super Cub tradition - gear changes are operated via an automatic centrifugal clutch, without the need for a clutch lever. This makes it the ultimate user friendly machine, ideal for learner riders or anyone after an easy, carefree ride.
Fun, easy handling has always been another Super Cub strength - it even inspired a Beach Boys song in the 1960s ('My little Honda'). To maintain its reassuring nature, but upgrade it for the 125cc specification, the Super Cub C125 started with the C110 tubular steel 'backbone' frame as a base. The rigidity balance has been tuned around the headstock and engine hangers, to optimise performance for the larger capacity engine while handlebars and seat are now rubber mounted. The footpegs also feature rubber inserts.
Rake and trail are set at 26.5Â°/71mm with wheelbase of 1245mm. Wet weight is 109kg. Front telescopic forks feature 100mm travel, the twin rear shocks 84mm to soak up bumps (10/19mm more than the C110) while elegant 17-inch cast aluminium wheels add stability and steering precision. Tubeless tyres are fitted, sized 70/90-17 front and 80/90-17 rear. A 220mm front disc brake and single-piston caliper is matched by a 130mm rear drum.
A modern finishing touch is the Honda Smart Key; put it in a pocket and forget about it, the Super Cub C125 is live and good to go. It also controls the immobiliser as an extra theft deterrent, and is equipped with an â€˜answer backâ€™ function whereby the indicators will 'blink' at the push of a button to make finding the vehicle easy in busy parking areas. And, with a nod to its forebears (and underlining its Honda history) a historical 3D 'Old Wing' logo crowns the Smart Key fob.
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