Honda has just announced that it will make a live stream reveal of its new 2020 CT125 Hunter Cub rugged underbone motorcycle. Originally scheduled to make its debut at this year's Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which was eventually canceled as governments worldwide have tightened restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Honda will reveal the CT125 Hunter Cub online on March 27.
Last November, we reported that Honda's CT125 concept bike, revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, might be greenlit for production. The CT125 concept is a reincarnation of Honda's legendary Trail Cub series of motorcycles that were made since 1964.
Based on the Super Cub C125, the new CT125 Hunter Cub wants to expand the "Super Cub" experience to riders who enjoy outdoor leisure activities such as touring to the suburbs and camping. The body spec and frame rigidity balance have been reconfigured to allow for running conditions that range from city driving and light trekking. It features an 'scrambler-style’ muffler, powertrain under guard, and the front fork is specced with 110mm of stroke. It will also get disc brakes front and back.
It will be powered by an air-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC, single-cylinder 124cc engine that uses an automatic centrifugal clutch that does not require clutch operation by the left hand. Power output is tuned for power in low and medium speed ranges, with conditions ideal for start and stop city driving and slow cruising in touring and trekking.
The CT125 Hunter Cub aims to create a unique presence with its functional and tough image that the Super Cub series is known for. It will be available in Glowing Red and Matte Fresco Brown.
Honda Japan will retail the 2020 CT125 Hunter Cub at JPY440,000 with an annual sales target for 8,000 units.
Will it come to the Philippines?
Historically speaking, Honda Philippines is a bit "conservative" in terms of its product portfolio. Favoring mostly mainstream models as the brand has been the undisputed market leader. New models that do however make their way here, have usually been marketed in ASEAN markets for many months prior. The CT125 Hunter cub should make an interesting addition to their lineup, while we are still optimistic that Honda Philippines will import the CT125 Hunter Cub, the Japan retail price might give you an idea on this likelihood.
You can watch the live stream on Honda's official site on Friday, March 27, at 11 AM Manila time (12 PM Tokyo).