The 2021My Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is essentially a scrambler variant of the popular ‘miniMoto’, C125 Super Cub
Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda Motorcycle launched the fun little CT125 Hunter Cub in its home market back in March 2020. The 2021MY Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is basically a hardcore scrambler variant of the brand’s popular C125 Super Cub ‘miniMoto’ or simply, minibike. Ex-showroom prices start at 440,000 Japanese Yen or roughly Rs 3.10 lakh.
Minibikes are becoming increasingly popular in North America, Europe and certain ASEAN markets thanks to their user-friendliness and supreme affordability. Oftentimes, these ‘pocket bikes’ are ideal starter motorcycles as well since they come under A1 licence category. Perhaps the Honda Grom 125 and Monkey are the most popular examples in this class.
Coming back to the CT125 Hunter Cub (‘T’ stands for ‘Trail), it is more of a want rather than a need compared to its regular sibling. The scrambler DNA may not attract the wider sphere of buyers, but minibike enthusiasts find a peculiar charm in it. The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is easily the smallest scrambler in series production. Here is an extreme example of the same, complete with a ‘Gatling gun’ exhaust!
Thailand-based customisation shop K-Speed has given a ‘combat-ready’ spinoff for the little scrambler. Despite looking like a basic form of transportation from the post-apocalyptic era, the mod has not compromised the miniMOTO’s original potential (if not improved it).
K-Speed started the project by replacing the Hunter Cub’s stock swingarm with a custom unit longer by two inches. After this, the team installed a 100/100R17 knobby tyre (90/100R17 at the front). The fatter tyres required new fenders (mudguards) and raised suspension (Diablo shocks with 1.5-inch lift). In addition to raising its looks, the top-mounted toolbox promises extra practicality.
Other notable upgrades include diamond+pleated seat stitching, new chainguard, LED lighting, headlamp grille, raised handlebars with bar-end mirrors and aftermarket grips; custom switchgear, Takegawa master cylinder, repositioned instrument console (just above the left crash guard), etc. In order to increase its offroading potential, K-Speed has also added a sturdier sump guard, grippier footpegs, broader side stand foot and upgraded brake lines.
Of course, the Gatling gun-like exhaust setup attracts the most eyes. It spins according to the rate of emission or in other words, engine RPM — quite gimmicky but a fun inclusion nevertheless. The custom CT125 Hunter Cub follows an interesting ‘worn-out black’ theme.
Honda CT125 Hunter Cub Specs
The 2021MY Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is powered by a 124.9cc air-cooled FI SOHC single-cylinder engine good for 8.72bhp @ 7,000rpm and 11Nm @ 4,500rpm. This is mated to a 4-speed semi-automatic gearbox. The minibike weight about 120kg (10kg heavier than the C125 Super Cub).