Dealerships like Wheels Honda might be selling two new small-capacity models soon, as Honda recently registered the designs for the CB125X, and the CB125M to the European Patent Office, nearly a year after their unveiling at the 2018 of the iteration of 2018.
The two designs are 125cc motorbikes, with designs that put notable emphasis at aesthetics and looks. This, combined with the fact that, even with aftermarket modifications, they’ll never be faster than the old two-stroke models from the past, mean that this particular market is great for the younger demographics.
In particular, the 125cc market in the UK is seen as the starting point, by dealers like Wheels Honda and the general public at large, with many opting for those models for their first motorcycles. Thanks to their lack of power and light design, 125ccs are also rather practical and economical, great for those riding on a strict budget.
Many, however, see an issue with the market; most 125’s tend to look uninspired and uninteresting, which is why most tend to opt for scooters when shopping for a 125cc model.
The CB125X and CB125M, based on their registered designs, are different. These 125cc models, unveiled back at EICMA 2018, sport the practicality of 125’s, but with the sleek aesthetics of higher capacity models. Given that the models were recently registered, many are now wondering when the bikes will be put into production.
The bikes were designed by Honda’s R&D team in Rome, Italy, the same people who came up with the design for the X-ADV. Judging from the patent, the CB125R, a popular model, was used as the base for the CB125X and CB125M, as they all sport the same engine, frame, and swingarm designs.
Notably, the 125cc bike market has been going through some changes, as more sporty and adventurous designs are popping up from manufacturers. With Instagram and social media making people look cooler than ever, it stands to reason that their tastes would align with that, putting increased emphasis on fashion and aesthetics alongside functionality. If these new bike designs are any indication, Honda is looking to capitalize on that.