Honda to Bring Monkey and Super Cub C125 to U.S.

2019 Honda Super Cub C125
2019 Honda Super Cub C125

American Honda has announced that the Monkey and Super Cub C125 ABS models will be made available to U.S. customers for the 2019 model year. First unveiled in concept form last September at the Tokyo Motor Show, the models are both closely based on iconic motorcycles from Honda’s past, like the Mini Trail, the Z50, the more recent Grom and the original Super Cub 100.

“With the 2019 Monkey and Super Cub C125, we’re continuing the tradition of offering American customers machines that are simultaneously nostalgic and up-to-date, and that beg to be ridden and personalized,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications.

2019 Honda Monkey
2019 Honda Monkey

Beginning with a Japanese amusement-park ride nearly 60 years ago, Honda’s Z series has offered enjoyable, accessible mobility through a likable design, tiny dimensions and low weight. The 2019 Monkey has classic style that includes simple, curved surfaces, and a trapezoid silhouette highlighting the compact length. The glossy fuel tank, finished in the same color as the frame, swingarm and shocks, wears a historical 3-D “Old Wing”-design Honda logo. Chrome steel high-mount fenders—plus the stamped exhaust shield, circular mirrors, and high-rise handlebar—all pay homage to the original. The Monkey is powered by a modern, reliable 125cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and is available with ABS brakes.

2019 Honda Monkey
2019 Honda Monkey

Monkey: Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red
Monkey ABS: Pearl Nebula Red
Monkey: $3,999
Monkey ABS: $4,199
Availability: October 2018

2019 Honda Super Cub C125
2019 Honda Super Cub C125

Since the 1958 introduction of the first Super Cub C100 (one year before the launch of the American Honda Motor Company), the iconic model and its descendants have brought armies of new riders to motorcycling. The Super Cub even inspired a Beach Boys song, its worldwide popularity carrying it to a production milestone of 100 million units in 2017, making it the highest-selling motor vehicle in the world. Although U.S. importation of the model ended in 1974, American Honda is offering the 2019 Super Cub C125 ABS in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Featuring classic Super Cub styling with an S-letter silhouette and step-through design, the little motorcycle has a fuel-efficient and quiet 125cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, fuel injection, a comfortable seat and ABS brakes.

Colors: Pearl Niltava Blue
Target Price: $3,599
Availability: January 2019


  1. Slight correction: The original step-thru disappeared in the U.S. circa 1968, was followed by the 72cc OHC version in the early ‘seventies — I owned one purchased for a clearance price of $249 (plus tax) — and it reappeared as the Passport in the early ‘eighties, for one or two years. Mine was a three-speed with centrifugal clutch, as per the originals, while the new 125cc version is probably a four-speed. So, whereas mine could be coaxed to about 45mph, the new one could top out over 50 mph, depending on gearing. Hooray!

    • Wish there was a way to retrofit those cast wheels and more importantly, disc brakes to my ’81 Passport [egad those drums are PATHETIC!] 😉

  2. How about in ASIAN country! When is the availability of that unit brings? I want that bike here rightnow. Wow! It’s icon.

  3. Great bikes but a shame there is no CT version, there was one at the Tokyo launch of these bikes but not for the US or European market unfortunately.

  4. I would love to get a Mini Trail 50 or 70 for my 6-year old granddaughter. My first was a 1972 Honda SL70. Oh do I have some memories!

  5. Everyone complaining about price, have you looked at a Vespa? In addition, many live where they might have just a county road to get them into town!

    • no complaints here ,purchased a 2019 Super Cub recently for 3550.00 with 500 miles on it from a Honda dealer, I do have country roads all around me to travel.No regrets what so ever. worth the money to me,and thinking about buying another one.

  6. As has been said already, these MSRPs are outrageous! But I guess when a new dirt bike is going for 8 grand…

  7. About $1,000 overpriced, but that won’t stop my fun, especially after considering a $6,500 Vespa I’ve considered. I remember the freedom and liberation of my first Honda 90 when I got my drivers license in 1965. This Super Cub is the right answer at just the right time. I will meet the nicest people on my Honda!

  8. My buddy Gordon Zane and I learned how to ride on city streets in Greensboro NC 1964 riding rented Honda Cubs from Smith Honda. We both went on to own Honda 305 & Super Hawks by age 16. Both have had over 10 and 20 motorcycles. Myself 2 Gold Wings 1 Silverwing & many other Japinese brands. Every child grew up riding and owning in High school too.

  9. Can’t wait to get my hands on one! Learned to ride on a 1967 Super Cub in 1969. Although I have owned over 20 motorcycles since then – – – I have never owned a car. Probably in the top 5 vehicles ever i terms of practicality. With the advent of the Internet and forums such as ADV, I plan on (Thanks much, Underbone!!!) having a few adventures that I would NEVER have on a Harley, Triumph, BMW, or Guzzi.

    Tally-Ho !!!


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