HONDA SUPER CUB C125 (2019 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£110|
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Honda Cub's unique leading link forks (which used to rise under heavy braking and were unique to the original, have been replaced by conventional items.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||£110|
|Used price||£2,800 - £3,000|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
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)
4 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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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£110|
Annual servicing cost: £120
The bike is fun to ride and gets admiring glances all the time. The storage space is non existent but presumably people know that before they buy the bike. Once run in the engine is brisk up to 40mph, but again I was expecting that. What I wasn't expecting was how involving it was to ride. You can when changing down actually blip the throttle once the foot lever begins to move it starts clutch disengagement and the gear snicks in without any snatch, which makes gear changes so smooth, I use it to commute and to do odd trips to town and it is perfect for that. I would not use it regularly on dual carriageways or motorways because it is at its limit at 60mph. The gear sequence is always down on the front pedal to go up the box Like a racing box so Neutral - pedal down to 1st down to 2nd down to 3rd down to 4th. To change into a lower gear is by using the back pedal but it has a great feature in that if you stop in 4th gear you can go down again into 1st and start again!
40 miles is no problem but I am five foot eight with a 30 inch inside leg and it is perfect for me. In commuting roles and busy traffic the bike is unbeatable I also find that moving the bike around is so easy I am 62 and have a K1300GT as my other bike and When I have t\o go somewhere in the city it is the keys to the Cub I reach for. Away from the lights up to 40mph it beats most cars away from the go. The brakes are perfectly adequate for the weight and performance of the bike. I am also astonished by the cornering capabilities I only have 5mm chicken strips on the tyre edge which is a real hoot.
The engine is quite smooth and has a nice easy beat. It is not powerful but the secret really is keeping momentum so plan well ahead and keep the power on, blip the throttle on downshifts (as soon as the pedal de-clutches) this makes gears changing a pleasure. 3rd gear is the gear you will spend a lot of time in until it is run in then it will hold 4th no problem at 30mph.
Superb quality, I don't believe the chrome plastics will last forever but it looks great. The paint is so deep and beautiful it really gleams. There is one point to note! if you intend to fit a battery optimiser then you may have to file a flat on the terminals of the charger (as I did) to make it fit that is because the battery terminals are tiny and the charger terminal diameter hits the bottom of the battery terminal so it wont sit flat, it took me a while to figure what was going on.
I got in the first week 135 mpg in the following month I got 145mpg after 450 miles I now get 172 mpg. That mpg is fill to fill so is absolutely accurate and I believe it will get to 180 mpg. The secret is keeping momentum and planning well in advance, I drive the bike quite hard and I think the secret is getting as fast as you can to the speed limit. The engine is so tight when new it needs running in firmly without going daft.
The keyless ignition is a great feature as is the alarm. I like the fully enclosed chain and adjusting it is easy. The tyres grip really well, I cannot comment on wear but I think it will be slight. The seat is comfortable and the reach to the bars is spot on.
Buying experience: Bought the bike over the phone from Hunts in Manchester the whole experience was spot on!
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.