Honda Australia stole headlines last week when it announced the arrival of its all-new CT125, revamping the iconic Australian postie bike.
The CT125 is available in two colours, Glowing Red and Matte Fresco Brown, but comes at a surprisingly high price of $6,999 plus on-road costs.
A number of readers pointed out just how many small-capacity learner-approved motorcycles can be had for that kind of money, or less, which offer comparable, or better, performance and equipment.
For instance, Honda’s basic-but-functional CB125e is priced from just $2699 plus on-road costs, less than half the price of the CT125.
You could argue that the CB125e misses out on things like a digital dash, and LED lighting, but the same can not be said for models like the Honda CB300R.
The CB300R naked sportsbike can be had from $6649 plus on-road costs, just over $300 less than the CT125, and features a significantly more powerful 287cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, modern looks, disc brakes, LED lighting, an LCD instrument cluster and much more.
In short, one does not have to look far to find a much more advanced, and more capable, LAMS motorcycle for less than $7000.
Despite this, the Honda CT125 will likely sell thanks to its particular nostalgic charm, but those looking for function-over-form will surely look elsewhere.
Honda has done well to retain the original bike’s distinctive looks.
“While simplifying the surface of each part on the frame, we carefully took the symbolic features of the CT series, including the upswept muffler, air cleaner cover, fuel tank, large carrier and steel front fender and created a balanced new image of the tough old CT,” said Honda Australia in a press release.
The new bike is based on the brand’s Super Cub chassis, and features a 125cc single-cylinder engine matched with a four-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The new model benefits from an electric start, ABS, LED lighting and a digital display, and features an increased wheel base, seat height and upswept handlebars compared to the Super Cub upon which it’s based.
Speaking of, the new Honda C125 Super Cub launched earlier this year from $6199 plus on-road costs, and is available in two colours: Pearl and Nebula Red.
The Super Cub is powered by a 125cc air-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, matched with a three-speed automatic gearbox.
Compared to the original design, the new C125 features longer travel front and rear suspension, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and a disc brake at the front.
The bike also gains LED lighting, while the instrument cluster combines an analogue speedo with a modern, yet “understated”, digital display.
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