At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda unveiled one of their latest creations, or rather reincarnations — the CT125 concept. The new bike features a steel front fender and a high-mount air intake, side air cleaners, and raised muffler (above the engine) indicative of its ability to go through shallow creeks and rivers. It also has a wide and large rear cargo bed. It’s not as ruggedly styled as the CC110 but appears nonetheless ready for some off-road trekking. The engine also has a big resemblance to the current 125 cc powerplant of the XRM 125.
The new bike inherits the “CT” moniker, a name imbued by Honda on Trail Cub series motorcycles made since 1964. The Trail Cub series is an offshoot of the popular Super Cub line, and the bikes are known by several names. In Japan, they were introduced as the Hunter Cub, while in the Canada/US market, they were called the Trail Cub or just "Trail" followed by a number indicating engine size, such as "Trail 90".
Just recently, Honda has sent out invites to members of the press for the launch of yet another new motorcycle. The invite included the words “latest motorcycle [imbibing] the 'Work hard, play hard' attitude. The new bike is equipped with [high - tech engine] and top-notch specifications that [aim] to cater to the needs of an urban adventurer.”
Naturally, the invitation is case for excitement. Despite its production model appearance, Honda still maintains that the CT125 is a concept bike, but after a few phone calls to industry friends, we got confirmation that deliveries of the CT125 might begin anytime from January to March next year; the same as the timeframe for the first deliveries of the ADV 150 scooters. Although Honda Philippines did not confirm nor deny this, if it is indeed the CT125, it's one motorcycle that is perfect for the road conditions in the Philippines. It can serve the role of both an everyday motorcycle as well as a light adventurer during the weekends – exactly our cup of tea.