Super Cub 125

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EASY. SIMPLE. STYLISH.

Super Cub appeal has never gone out of fashion.

For over 60 years the Super Cub has provided straightforward, robust transport for millions around the world. It’s never followed fashion, but with the credibility of decades, has always set the bar in terms of usability, economy and downright durability. Oozing retro style, authentic to every nut and bolt yet thoroughly modern in every detail, it’s a scooter that’s as useful as it ever was. Now with a brand-new, air-cooled engine, giving more power and fuel economy and updated, smooth-riding suspension.

Key Features

  • Evocative styling unchanged; pillion pad and footpegs now standard-fit
  • New springs for fork and rear shock absorbers improve ride quality
  • As before, all lighting is LED and Smart Key operation comes as standard
  • Smart key with immobiliser and ‘answer back’ function to locate your bike

 

Engine and Chassis

  • Completely new engine is smoother, more powerful and more efficient
  • Revised engine settings, intake and exhaust for latest emissions  compliance
  • Fun, easy handling, with rubber mounted footpegs, seat and handlebars for comfort
  • Full wet weight only 110kg – perfect for the back of a motorhome, and now with a pillion seat

 

A MACHINE FOR LIFE

Just as it’s always been, the Super Cub C125 is built around the rider.

An upright, straight-backed riding position gives excellent all-round visibility, the seat uses high-density urethane foam for comfort and the handlebars are rubber-mounted. A new air-cooled, fuel-injected engine generates extra power with good-natured delivery. It’s also even more fuel efficient. And, just like the very first model, an automatic centrifugal clutch makes operating the four-speed gearbox twist-and-go simple. The tubular steel frame, telescopic forks, twin rear shocks (both with uprated springs) and cast aluminium, 17-inch wheels and tubeless tyres ensure dependable handling. Full LED lighting and Honda Smart Key are premium touches and for flexibility, the Super Cub C125 comes with a pillion seat ready mounted.

 

TIME MACHINE

The product of one engineer’s dream.

It was Soichiro Honda’s burning desire to bring the joy of mobility to peoples’ lives. His creation, the Super Cub, has stood the test of time and over the last 60 years over 100 million have been made. And its useful genius is why you’ll find it on European streets today; the Super Cub C125 is a stylish, contemporary evolution of a revolutionary machine that’s worked so hard for so many, for so long.

 

  1. Introduction

The very first Super Cub C100 was introduced in 1958, Honda’s 10th year of existence. Created by Soichiro Honda and his long-time business partner Takeo Fujisawa, its stated aim was straightforward: ‘to provide the joy of playing a useful part in people’s lives’.

 

Nearly 60 years later, in 2017, the 100 millionth Super Cub was built, cementing its status as the most popular motor vehicle the world has ever seen. Along the way the Super Cub’s simple attributes of unique styling, reliability, frugality and sheer usability have never gone out of fashion. And it has quietly achieved exactly what Soichiro and Takeo wanted: to get people mobile and keep them mobile.

Up to late 2018 the Super Cub  series had only been available in Japan, where it has long been popular with business users including the Japanese Post Office, and in South East Asia, where it retains an important role in people’s lives as private transport. Well aware of the number of urban European riders – across a wide range of age demographics – who look for credible retro-inspired machinery and head-turning style, Honda unveiled the Super Cub 125 in 2018 as a modern evolution of the legendary name, marking a new chapter in its long history.

For the 2022 year model, the Super Cub 125 receives further advances for its European audience. The timeless look is unchanged, but a brand-new EURO5-compliant engine and host of improvements drive it on, just as Soichiro and Takeo would have wanted.

 

  1. Model Overview

A new air-cooled SOHC engine design, with ECU setting, intake and exhaust to match, gains the Super Cub 125 EURO5 compliance. It produces slightly more power, and is more efficient, returning fuel economy of 1.5 litres/100km (WMTC mode). The ACG output is also uprated.

The classic styling is unchanged, and standard-fit pillion seat and footpegs are now added. Revised spring rates for front and rear suspension smooth the ride on rougher city streets.

 

  1. Key Features 

3.1 Engine

  • Completely new engine is smoother, more powerful and more efficient
  • Revised ECU settings, intake and exhaust for EURO5 compliance
  • Alternating Current Generator (ACG) gains uprated output

 

Efficient and durable, the Super Cub 125’s new 124cc air-cooled engine combines the bottom-end (with re-designed crankcases) of the current Japanese-market C110 with the SOHC two-valve cylinder head and top-end of the latest MSX Grom. Bore is set at 50mm, stroke at 63.1mm with compression ratio of 10.0:1. Peak power of 7.2kW (a 0.1kW increase) arrives @ 7,500rpm, with peak torque of 10.4Nm @ 6,250rpm.

Smoothing airflow on the clean side, the new airbox, designed to match the new engine, is smaller and combines with the new connecting tube and new injector position to improve driveability.

The outward appearance of the muffler - one of the many elements of the Super Cub’s ‘mythology’ - stays the same while the internals are re-worked; two catalysers were in place on the previous engine but, with the gain in combustion efficiency for EURO5 compliance, a single, more efficient catalyser is used. The ECU has new programming to maximise performance and efficiency and the Alternating Current Generator (ACG) output increased.

The gearbox remains a 4-speed unit (with neutral at the bottom) and ­­– in true Super Cub tradition – is operated via ‘automatic’ centrifugal clutch, without the need for a clutch lever. At standstill the rider simply selects the gear required with the left hand foot lever and, as the throttle is opened, the clutch operates automatically and does so through each ratio change, up or down. Final drive ratio is 2.50 with 14T drive and 35T driven sprockets. A helical primary gear reduces ‘mechanical’ noise.

The Super Cub C125 engine returns amazing fuel economy – 1.5litres/100km (66.7km/l) (WMTC mode) giving a range of approx. 250km from the 3.7 litre fuel tank.

 

3.2 Styling & Chassis

  • Evocative styling unchanged; pillion pad and footpegs now standard-fit
  • New springs for fork and rear shock absorbers improve ride quality
  • As before, all lighting is LED and Smart Key operation comes as standard 

The Super Cub 125’s time-tested, evocative styling – defined instantly by the leg-guards and fully enclosed mechanical parts – remains unchanged, and is a design with one word in mind: ‘universality’. In other words, it has to be easy for a wide range of people to use. A key part of this ethos is the laid-forward ‘S-shaped silhouette’ which runs from the step-through space to rear mudguard, making access on and off easy. New for the 2022 year model is the addition of a pillion seat and foot pegs as standard equipment.

Also instantly recognisable as Super Cub is the ‘unit’ steering, which unifies the separate elements – forks, handlebars and leg shields – into one cohesive whole. On the original machine the handlebars, shaped to be like the wings of a bird, were a tactile and welcoming sales point and the modern day Super Cub C125 with its forged, tapered handlebar wrapped in curvaceous moulded resin incorporating the switchgear and instruments, pays loyal homage to the original.

The grips are placed in a natural, easy-to-hold position and complement the straight-backed riding position, which gives excellent all-round visibility. Aiding comfort, the seat uses thick, high-density urethane foam. It is also cut back on both sides up front, helping ground reach.

All lighting is contemporary LED while the instruments highlight the depth of the overall design with two lenses separated by dual chrome rings. The outer ring houses the sweep of the analogue speedometer’s needle plus warning lights; the inner an understated digital display.

A modern finishing touch is the Honda Smart Key which also controls the immobiliser as an extra theft deterrent, and is equipped with an ‘answer back’ 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 place in Honda’s history) a historical 3D ‘Classic Wing’ logo crowns the Smart Key fob.

Fun, easy handling has always been another Super Cub strength. To this end, the tubular steel ‘backbone’ frame has a rigidity balance carefully tuned around the headstock and between the engine mounting points, to optimise performance for the 124cc engine; the redesigned engine crankcases have new mounting hangers. Both handlebars and seat are rubber mounted and the footpegs also feature rubber inserts.

Rake and trail are set at 26.5°/71mm with wheelbase of 1,245mm. Wet weight is 110kg. 100mm travel telescopic forks feature new springs improving control; the twin rear shocks (matched to body colour) also use new springs and bump-stop material for a smoother ride on bumpy roads, while elegant 17-inch die-cast aluminium wheels (with machined rims and spokes) 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 are matched by a 110mm rear drum.

 

  1. Super Cub facts

Unsurprisingly, over six decades of production, the Super Cub has some remarkable stories and achievements behind it. Here are just fifteen:

  • The first prototype wasn’t drawn out on paper, but using a clay model, into which Mr. Honda himself had strong input, using some ideas from a fact-finding trip to Europe in 1956.
  • The first 1958 Super Cub C100’s low-floor backbone frame (for easy step-through), large leg shields (for protection from dust from unpaved roads), fully ‘enclosed’ bodywork (to hide the engine and harnesses), seagull-inspired handlebar shape and sky-inspired blue fairing laid down a universal template for decades to come.
  • The size 17 inch wheels (relatively large in order to handle Japan’s uneven road surfaces) were designed and made exclusively for the Super Cub.
  • It has always used a four stroke engine – even from its first 1958 incarnation.
  • It had to avoid the need for a clutch lever so a delivery rider could ride one-handed with a stack of Soba noodle boxes on his left shoulder.
  • Honda’s Suzuka factory was built in 1960 to help meet the demand for the hit product.
  • The Super Cub has been produced in 16 factories across 15 different countries, and sold in 160 different countries.
  • The Super Cub went on sale in the USA in 1959, with a sticker price of just $295. It took west coast surfing youth by storm and paved the way for much bigger things for Honda in America.
  • The first European production of Super Cub started in Honda Belgium (the second ‘overseas’ factory to product the vehicle).
  • It also starred in the ‘You meet the nicest people on a Honda’ ad campaign that changed the American perception of motorcycles away from being vehicles associated mainly with ‘biker gangs’.
  • The Beach Boys made it even more famous in 1964 with their song ‘My Little Honda’.
  • Also introduced to South Asia in 1964 the Super Cub became prized family transport that neatly dealt with the overwhelming traffic of the ever-growing major cities.
  • The Japanese Patent Office awarded it a 3D trademark registration in 2014, recognising its shape and design as an iconic Honda product, and making it the first vehicle to achieve this status.
  • Original sales were projected to be possibly 30,000 a month, which was amazing at the time as total motorcycle production in Japan was around 40,000 units a month, but something of an underestimate in the end.
  • In typical, low-key Super Cub way on October 29th, 2017 a commemorative ceremony was held at Honda’s Kumamoto factory to mark worldwide production of 100 million units.

Specification

ENGINE
Type Air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
Displacement 124cc
Bore x Stroke 50 x 63.1mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Max. Power Output 7.2kW @ 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 10.4Nm @ 6,250rpm
Oil Capacity 1.1 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.7 litres
Fuel Consumption 1.5L / 100km (WMTC mode)
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery 12V-3.5AH
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet multi plate clutch and automatic centrifugal clutch
Transmission Type 4 speed
FRAME
Type Mono-backbone steel frame
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 1,915 x 720 x 1,000mm
Wheelbase 1,245mm
Caster Angle 26.5°
Trail 71mm
Seat Height 780mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 110kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front 26mm telescopic fork
Type Rear Twin shock
WHEELS
Type Front Cast aluminium
Type Rear Cast aluminium
Tyres Front 70/90-17M/C 38P
Tyres Rear 80/90-17M/C 50P
BRAKES
ABS type Single Channel ABS
Type Front Single 220 mm hydraulic disc
Type Rear 110mm drum brake
LIGHTING
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

Finance


Model CUB 125 22YM
OTR £3,499.00
Deposit £431.90
Amount of Credit £3,067.10
36 Payments of £59.00
Final Payment £1,402.35
Final Payment inc Option Fee £1,412.35
Total Amount Payable £3,968.25
APR 6.9%
Option to Purchase Fee £10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage 4,000
Excess Mileage Charge £0.02
Interest Rate pa 6.60%
Model OTR Deposit Amount of Credit 36 Payments of Final Payment Final Payment inc Option Fee Total Amount Payable APR Option to Purchase Fee Annual Contracted Mileage Excess Mileage Charge Interest Rate pa
CUB 125 22YM £3,499.00 £431.90 £3,067.10 £59.00 £1,402.35 £1,412.35 £3,968.25 6.9% £10.00 4,000 £0.02 6.60%

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