Honda's Super Cub—one of the first models Honda sold in the USA and the best-selling motor vehicle of all time with more than 100,000,000 units produced—is coming back to America. Introduced in 1968 and last seen in the States in '74, the iconic Super Cub C125 is completely redesigned for 2019 and due in dealerships next January with a target price of $3,600.

Powered by the same 125cc single that's found in the Grom and the retro-redux Monkey that Honda announced alongside the Super Cub, this bike has the largest engine in the Cub's 60-year history but still retains a lithe profile and a low weight of just 240 pounds (claimed, wet). A four-speed transmission with a centrifugal clutch offers scooterlike twist-and-go mobility, making this an easy-to-ride, extremely accessible bike with an estimated top speed of around 55 mph.

Fairing
That’s some sexy ’60s style.Spenser Robert

The Cub’s styling is true to the original, with full-coverage (plastic) bodywork that flows from the front fender past the valenced fork, leg fairing, solo bicycle-style seat, and rear rack to the bike’s wraparound rear fender. Honda has brought back the classic “old wing” badging and even installed a drivetrain shroud—a useful feature that went out of style decades ago—that keeps dirt and grime off the chain and sprockets and helps extend service intervals.

Although it appears vintage, the new Cub is thoroughly modern. Its engine is fuel injected and it sports a front disc brake with ABS, a digital dash as well as LED lighting and a keyless ignition. As with the original Super Cub scooter crossover, this 2019 model has the style, functionality, and approachability to appeal to a wide range of people, from teens and collegiates to baby boomers looking for the perfect bumper ornament for their RV.

Fully enclosed drivetrain
A fully enclosed drivetrain keeps grit off the chain and oil off the bike and rider.Spenser Robert

With a target price of $3,600 the Super Cub isn’t exactly cheap, but given this bike’s closest competition is likely a 150cc Vespa scooter carrying a price tag closer to $5,600, the C125 is an affordable option for folks looking for a modern motorcycle with iconic style.

LCD dash
An LCD dash sits atop a streamlined handlebar.Spenser Robert
Honda C125
The C125 rolls on 17-inch wheels and has a front disc brake with ABS.Spenser Robert
Super Cub seat
No passengers, please.Spenser Robert
four-speed transmission
The four-speed transmission is controlled via centrifugal clutch and a heel-toe shifter.Spenser Robert
Pearl Niltava Blue
The Super Cub comes in Pearl Niltava Blue.Spenser Robert

TECH SPECS

PRICE $3600
ENGINE 125cc air-cooled single
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 4-speed/chain
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER NA
CLAIMED TORQUE NA
FRAME Steel underbone
FRONT SUSPENSION Inverted 26mm fork; 3.9-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Dual shocks; 3.3-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Two-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 110mm drum
RAKE/TRAIL 26.5°/2.8 in.
WHEELBASE 48.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 1.0 gal.
CLAIMED WEIGHT 240 lb. (wet)
AVAILABLE January 2019
CONTACT powersports.honda.com