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HONDA SUPER CUB C125 (2019-on) Review

Published: 28 December 2018

The world’s best-selling bike is back for 2019

Honda Super Cub C125

The world’s best-selling bike is back for 2019

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  9.9 bhp
  • 188 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Low seat height (780mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £3,399

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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 I still love it.

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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Honda Cub's unique leading link forks (which used to rise under heavy braking and were unique to the original, have been replaced by conventional items.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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The Cub has a bulletproof engine and legendary build quality. If the new model is like its predecessor, it should last forever.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 2 out of 5

Not much. Not even underseat storage, but there’s LED lighting, an analogue/digital display and keyless ignition with immobiliser and alarm system too. ABS comes as standard, on the front only.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £3,399
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £19
Annual service cost -
Max power 9.9 bhp
Max torque 7.7 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 188 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Air-cooled 2v Single
Frame type Back bone steel pipe
Fuel capacity 3.7 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 109kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions


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