MAAN’s Honda Super Cub 125X gives the Trail 125 a run for its money


The world’s best-selling motor vehicle isn’t a truck, SUV, or even a car; it’s a motorbike. During his decades of racing, Honda has sold over 100 million Super Cubs. And after a hiatus in the United States, Honda brought it back as the C125 as part of its miniMOTO range.

Yet while the Super Cub has been used everywhere from cities to rice paddies, it’s not exactly an all-rounder. Instead, Honda now has the Path 125, a small-scale, affordable, dirt-accessible Super Cub motorbike. However, MAAN Motocili Audaci has just made a special Honda Super Cub C125 that is ready to hit the trails.

MAAN Motocili Audaci prepared this Honda Super Cub C125 for off-roading

MAAN Motocicli Audacti 2021 Honda Super Cub 125X | Honda

To be fair, although the Honda Super Cub is more of an urban machine, it is not technically impossible to go off-road with just one. After all, the similar-sized Vespa scooter sometimes served as a rally bike. So while the Trail 125 is better suited from the factory to hit dirt, with a few modifications a C125 could theoretically join it. At least that’s what the Sardinian custom shop MAAN Motocicli Audaci is trying to show with its Super Cub 125X.

Commissioned by Honda of Italy, MAAN’s Super Cub 125X uses the standard C125 powertrain. That means an 8 hp, 125cc air-cooled single cylinder engine paired with a four-speed manual gearbox and semi-automatic centrifugal clutch. But given the Cub’s intended mission, more power was not strictly necessary. Instead, MAAN focused on some of the essentials of off-roading; namely, traction and ground clearance.

To improve on the former, MAAN replaced the standard tires on the Honda Super Cub C125 with Pirelli Scorpion MX32 off-road tires. And to bolster the latter, the store worked with Italian group Andreani to install Ohlins piggyback rear shocks and a new front end to lift the bike 1.5 “. RideApart reports. Based on stock specs this would give the 125X 6.9 “of ground clearance, 0.4” more than the Path 125.

MAAN’s improvements, however, go further than just new tires and suspensions. The store trimmed the front fender and rear fender to give the 125X a more scrambler look. It also added CAD designed brake guards and a new front fairing. Additionally, the store installed carbon fiber side panels that double as exhaust heat shields as well as an alcantara and leather seat.

And this modified Honda Super Cub isn’t just a static centerpiece. MAAN recently entered him in the Dust’n Sardinia off-road rally – and he survived to take a stand at EICMA 2021.

There are a lot of shops that push the Honda Trail 125 further into the dirt, however

A close-up view of the MotolordD 2021 Honda Trail 125 headlight bracket and luggage rack on a sand-colored Trail 125

MotolordD 2021 Honda Trail 125 LED Headlight Bracket and Luggage Rack | Advanced auto accessories

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However, while MAAN’s Super Cub 125X has some improvements over the standard Honda Trail 125, the latter is also gaining the attention of the aftermarket.

For example, the Thai MotolordD recently completed a custom Trail 125 inspired by the Mad Max movie theater, Exif bike said. Store owner Chayakrit ‘Win’ Kaewwongwan deliberately kept the frame of the bike intact but upgraded a bunch of its components. So in addition to LED lighting, a skid plate and ABS, the MotolordD Trail 125 has additional crash bars, daytime running lights and LED headlights protected by a metal bracket. metal that also serves as a front rack.

Speaking of luggage, the bike also has a custom rear rack that accommodates a storage box and side rack for soft bags. In addition, the new frame main beam cover also serves as an attachment point for luggage. Additionally, this Trail 125 features a custom air cleaner cover, new engine covers, and two K-Speed ​​Diablo shocks.

A black 2021 Honda Trail 125 Combat Custom K-Speed ​​by a wooden building

K-Speed ​​2021 Honda Trail 125 Combat Custom | Speed ​​K

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K-Speed ​​decided to modify the Honda Trail 125, Exif bike reports. First, it replaced the bike’s standard swingarm with an extended arm so that it could fit a wider rear enduro tire. Fitting this new tire also required installing a thinner mudguard, paired with a custom rear rack. And just like MotolordD’s build, K-Speed’s Trail 125 rides on Diablo shocks and has a 1.5 “lift.

But K-Speed ​​didn’t stop there. His modified Honda Trail 125 also has a new chain guard, LED taillights and turn signals, and Diablo handlebars on new risers. And these handlebars have new grips, switches, bar end mirrors, a new throttle and Takegawa brake master cylinder. Additionally, the K-Speed ​​Trail features an upgraded skid plate, crash bars, engine cowls, footrests, brake lines, and an extended side stand. Plus, a new LED headlight, wider front tire, taller front fender and custom exhaust.

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For now, MAAN’s Honda Super Cub 125X is a unique customization. However, MotolordD offers bolt-on versions of the parts used on its Trail 125, Exif bike Remarks. So you can recreate its version for $ 500 to $ 600. And K-Speed ​​now has several custom Trail 125 kits – the one in the photos above costs around $ 11,420.

But if you want to do something different, you have other options, at least for the Trail 125. Japanese accessory brands Kijima and Dirtfreak offer plenty of Trail parts, ranging from upgraded skid plates to track lights to LED, RideApart said. Ohlins also has fully adjustable rear shocks for the Trail 125 which cost $ 750. And if you want to do a dedicated trail bikeThe Cyclone exhaust from US store Yoshimura R&D, not approved for street use, weighs about four pounds less than the standard exhaust. In addition, it slightly increases the power and torque of the Trail 125.

However, there is one off-road modification available for the Honda Super Cub C125: the tires. Those Pirelli MX32s mentioned above are not allowed on the street, but Shinko’s dual sport SR241s are. And you can get a set in the original size of the C125 for around $ 80.

With aftermarket support only increasing from here, maybe next year we’ll see even more Dirt-Ready Cubs and Trails at EICMA.

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