HONDA SUPER CUB C125 (2019 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Honda’s Super Cub isn’t as practical as their own, and considerably cheaper, SH125 scooter (£2699). There’s no underseat storage for example.
Nor is it as fun as their recently launched Monkey bike (£3699), with which it shares the same engine – but we still love it.
- Related: Honda 125 model history
The retro styling and feel are spot-on but, while it’s reminiscent of the original, the new Super Cub has been given modern handling and just enough technology to bring it up to date without losing any of its unique charm.
.@HondaUKBikes Super Cub isn’t as practical as their own, and considerably cheaper, SH125 scooter. There’s no underseat storage, nor is it as fun as their recently launched Monkey bike, with which it shares the same engine – but we still love it. #Watch our mini review here: pic.twitter.com/Jj5XGeHsIk— Motor Cycle News (@MCNnews) February 1, 2019
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The original Honda Cub's unique leading link forks (which used to rise under heavy braking and were unique to the original, have been replaced by conventional items. Now when you brake weight is reassuringly transferred to the front.
The rear uses a non-adjustable, traditional twin shock set up. The wheels are conventional 17-inchers and, despite the skinny tyres (70/90x17F 80/90x17R), grip and feel are good. Thin wheels, combined with a light bike means it turns effortlessly, too, perfect for darting around town.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Super Cub is now powered by an air-cooled, two-valve, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine, which you’ll also find in Honda’s all-new Monkey bike and MSX125 ‘Grom’.
The engine is bullet proof, and Honda are claiming 188mpg! The four-speed gearbox allows the Cub to accelerate to 55mph without too many complaints, and will hold a cruising speed of 60mph, just.
In town, it’s more than capable of keeping its head above water, and only feels underpowered above 50mph, especially when you face a steep incline.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Cub has a bulletproof engine and legendary build quality. If the new model is like its predecessor, it should last forever.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Honda’s very own SH125 scooter is more practical, easier to ride and is considerably cheaper, at £2699. The new Super Cub is more on-par with Honda’s very own recently launched Monkey bike, £3699 and MSX125 ‘Grom’ £3389.
|Engine type||Air-cooled 2v Single|
|Frame type||Back bone steel pipe|
|Fuel capacity||3.7 litres|
|Front suspension||27mm conventional non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Twin – non-adjustable|
|Front brake||220mm two-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||130mm rear drum|
|Front tyre size||70/90x17|
|Rear tyre size||80/90x17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||188 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£100|
|Used price||£2,900 - £3,400|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||10 bhp|
|Max torque||7.7 ft-lb|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
1958: Sales of the Super Cub C100 begin, 49cc 4.5bhp
1966: C50 produced to mid 80’s
1984: New model. Cub has new engine, chassis and styling compared to earlier C90s
Owners' reviews for the HONDA SUPER CUB C125 (2019 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their HONDA SUPER CUB C125 (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Great build quality and a very good finish. Ridden hardish it'll do 120 to a tank. But then you really do need to fill it up. The seat it the biggest bugbear. It is a little on the small side and slightly too far forwards. It's not uncomfortable as such as 120mls is doable in one hit. Should have been a dual seat.
Personally I think the brakes are spot on. Plenty of progressive power and feel from the front. The rear is a drum set up but works well. Compared to the original Cub these brakes are awesome. The handling is very stable and predictable, the rear suspension can crash a little over the larger potholes. It tracks well around bends and is easy and safe to hustle along on.
It's a little vibey through the foot pegs and more so the bars when higher up the rev range. I fitted a set of grip puppies and the problem has disappeared. Up until about 250mls the motor felt very tight and lacked any real torque. Headwinds and gradients were a bit of a trial. After the 250ml mark the engine seemed to free up a little and felt much better. It took to about 900mls before it was performing to its full potential. The overall performance isn't startling but is good enough. On the flat it'll cruise at 60mph full loaded with camping gear.
Overall the finish is really good. I've had mine 12months now. There is a bit of corrosion on the brake pipe unions but nothing to get upset about. It starts on the button every time. I'm happy with it
Purchase price is a little on the high side , but hey it's a new 125cc Cub (insert smiley face). It sips fuel but in all honesty another 1/2 ltr fuel capacity would have been nice.
I like the dash set up. The LED lights are a nice touch. The fuel injection works faultlessly. However it should have had a side stand as original equipment and a dual seat.
Buying experience: I had mine brand new from a dealer. It was a new, just out model, so I paid full up price. I knew I could have waited a few months and got one cheaper, but was happy to pay the money and enjoy the bike for what it is.
Too many bad things, I wont buy another in fact I am looking to get rid of it soon.
The ride quality is not bad but crashes a bit on potholes. Otherwise handles well. The brakes are very poor indeed. The back brake is useless with no bite at all and too slow to respond (totally useless). The front brake is not much better needs a strong grip to slow down and is very spongy.
The engine is very nippy but very vibey over 40mph, overall not very good as it is very tiring to ride at speeds over 40mph.
usual honda build quality
Easily does 140 mpg driven hard.
There is no storage at all, the digital dash board cant be seen at all in certain light conditions, the fuel tank is too small, seat is far too far forwards and you start slipping forwards when braking or going down a steep hill. I had the optional carrier fitted and a top box. I had to remove the top box after two rides as it affected the handling too much and the wind was blowing the back of the bike all over the place.
Buying experience: The bike seemed fine in the dealership, the problems showed up after running in period. I'm not looking to get rid of it in a hurry, there are just too many bad things (seat too far forwards, poor brakes, harsh engine, poor dash board, tiny fuel tank needs filling after 80 miles).
Annual servicing cost: £100
I bought for use on tarmac back lanes and it's superb for the purpose but also works well for me in town. Honda have sorted the transmission out and unlike the C90 it goes into first smoothly with no crunch and selects all gears up and down equally smoothly too. A lovely little machine that exudes quality and is a delight to ride. Cruises at 45 mph all day and can also execute a high speed cruise too, at 50! Acceleration is fine for the type of machine it is. Fuel gauge is very handy but the light comes on too early (better that than too late though). I'm currently averaging about 150mpg. A great companion for my larger machines and just about the best fun you can have on two wheels in my opinion. Also helps avoid the plebs who think that only their type of machine is a real bike and that everything else is rubbish, this machine bridges gaps like few other motorcycles can. The gearbox provides an engagement with the machine that twist-n-go cannot. Has rare 'character' and comes highly recommended if you don't have an ego problem and want to enjoy the simple and basic pleasures of motorcycling.
Ride is a little harsh but not unbearably so. Brakes excellent, front disc works well, not managed to encourage the ABS along just yet but overall the machine inspires great confidence and on back lanes its lightness makes it much easier to handle there than my larger machines. Taken in context the handling is exactly where it should be: light, predictable and rewarding.
Gear indicator is clear, fuel gauge is handy, speedo easy to read, trip meters easy to use: simple! Hinged seat is easy to use and the optional rack is very handy. Fuel filling is easy even though it is an infrequent occurrence. Leg shields work quite well and I am 6 feet tall. Enclosed chain is a great thing. In order to study things other than the anatomy of the elbow I did need to fit mirror extensions, something which potential owners may wish to reflect on.