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Honda Trail 125 Buying Guide

Rating: 5 · Review by Autotrader
Honda Trail 125 Motorcycle

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Honda Trail 125 History and Overview

The Honda Trail 125 is a modern refresh on one of Honda’s most iconic and classic motorcycles and given its long running production dating back to the 1960’s, you could argue it is the Porsche 911 of motorcycles; after all, variations of the Trail “CT” series, namely the Trail 90 and Trail 110, have been in production nearly 60 years and counting. Millions of Trail motorcycles have been sold worldwide since the CT debuted in 1964 which are known for their utilitarian practicality and ability to seamlessly handle both paved and off-road conditions with ease.

Credit Honda’s engineers for ensuring the Trail bike could handle all sorts of outdoor conditions. One example of that design approach that the 125 still shares with its predecessors is the placement of the engine and air intake, which allows Trail motorcycles to pass more easily through shallow rivers and streams without stalling out. This exemplifies why Trail motorcycles were often popular with farmers, hunters, fishermen, outdoorsmen, and campers. The Trail 125’s 7-horsepower engine has also been known for its consistent design and reliability; this is the same engine that Honda uses in the Grom, the Monkey, and the Super Cub. The low-end power of this little bike can come in very handy on trails.

Before the CT series was discontinued in the U.S., Honda stated that over 725,000 units were sold in the U.S. alone. In 2021, the Trail 125 made a triumphant return to the U.S. with much fanfare from critics as well as past and present owners of this beloved adventure bike. Known as the CT125 Hunter Cub in Asia, the American version shares the same ruggedness and simplicity as its Asian cousin. With its stripped-down, rugged appeal many have argued that the Trail 125 was the original adventure motorcycle, and we’d have to agree with them.

What’s new for 2022? Nothing, except a slight price hike. The colors, specs, and features are completely the same between both the 2021 and 2022 model years. We think Honda’s leadership knew that they shouldn’t change a proven winner and we’re glad they didn’t.

Honda Trail 125 for Sale

Honda Trail 125 Features

  • Reliable, air-cooled fuel-injected engine
  • Four-speed, semi-automatic transmission
  • Upswept exhaust and intake
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Under seat fuel tank
  • Cargo rack
  • Engine skid plate
  • Centerstand
  • Available only in one trim
  • LED lighting front and back
  • Hydraulic brakes, front and back
  • Reinforced steel backbone chassis
  • Built-in handlebar steering lock
  • Helmet holders under seat
  • Single rider seat
  • Kick start and electric start
  • Available in only one color
Source: Honda official site

Honda Trail 125 Specifications

  • Model ID: CT125AM
  • Model years: 2021 – Present
  • Engine: 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 52.4mm x 57.9mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.3:1
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
  • Ignition: Full transistorized
  • Valve train: SOHC; two valves per cylinder
  • Drive train: Four-speed semi-automatic
  • Clutch: Automatic centrifugal
  • Final drive: #420 Chain; 14T/39T
  • Front suspension: 27mm telescopic fork; 3.9 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: Twin shock; 3.4 inches of travel
  • Length: 77.2 inches
  • Width: 31.7 inches
  • Brakes: Front, single 220mm hydraulic disc; ABS. Rear, single 220mm hydraulic disc
  • Tires: Front, 80/90-17; Rear, 80/90-17
  • Wheelbase: 49.4 inches
  • Seat height: 31.5 inches
  • Rake: 27
  • Trail: 3.1 inches
  • Curb weight: 259 pounds (with a full tank)
  • Maximum weight capacity: 265 lbs
Source: Honda Trail 125 manual

Honda Trail 125 MPG, Fuel Economy and Tank Size

Honda does not disclose an official miles per gallon for the Trail 125 but when you convert their stated MPG for the European model, you end up with a 158 mpg although owners have reported averaging around 110 - 115 miles per gallon under real-world conditions. The 125 has a 1.4-gallon fuel tank with a 0.3-gallon reserve. You should be able to travel approximately 154 miles on one tank of gas before the reserve kicks in. Honda recommends unleaded 86 octane gas or higher.

Honda Trail 125 Maintenance Schedule

Honda recommends the following service intervals for the 125: First oil change at 1,000 miles, and then changed every 6,400 miles afterwards. The spark plugs should be changed, and the engine oil strainer screen and engine oil filter should be cleaned every 12,800 miles. Honda recommends SAE 10W-30 oil. Refer to the owner’s manual for the full maintenance schedule.

Honda Trail 125 Price

Honda Trail 125 New Price:

The base MSRP of a 2022 125 is $3,999. MSRP excludes a destination charge of $200 and freight surcharge of $100. Including all dealer fees, local tag and taxes, the out-the-door cost could end up being close to $4,900.

Used Honda Trail 125 Price:

Since 2022 is the 2nd year for the reintroduced 125, and because of the shortage of available inventory, used pricing is going to be equal to or even greater than the price of a new model. The 125 should retain their value for several years so if you buy a new one you should have no problem reselling it.

Honda Trail 125 Availability

Given the Honda CT series’ storied history, it probably isn’t a surprise that Honda was overwhelmed with consumer demand when the Trail 125 returned to showrooms in 2020-2021. Many dealers received more deposits than individual units Honda shipped them, which left dealers in a lurch and a lot of unhappy and unfulfilled customers. Those issues have been compounded by the pandemic’s supply chain issues so you may still have trouble finding available inventory of a 2022 model near you. Take a look at motorcycles for sale by owner to see if any Trail 125 motorcycles are available in your area.

Given the demand and short supply, we’ve heard consistent reports of wait times being three to six months. The 2022 models first started showing in dealer showrooms around April 2022. We have heard some reports of dealers charging up to $2,500 over MSRP in some areas of the country.

Honda Trail 125 Top Speed

The top speed of a stock Honda Trail 125 is between 50 and 55 mph. The 125 is not known for how fast it can go so if speed is a primary buying factor, the 125 might not be for you. Your actual top speed will vary depending on the driver’s weight and road conditions.

Honda Trail 125 Color

There is only one-color option for the 2022 Honda Trail 125.

Red

2022 Honda Trail 125 Red

Honda Trail 125 Warranty

A new Honda Trail 125 includes a 1-year transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty.

Optional Extended HondaCare Protection Plan® Pricing and Cost
Up to 250cc engines 12 months 24 months 36 months 48 months 60 months
Without Roadside Assistance $320 $370 $440 $530 $670
With 24/7 Roadside Assistance $370 $440 $530 $630 $790
Source: Honda Protection Plan

Reported Problems and Issues

Some Trail 125 owners have reported the following types of issues. In our research of various Trail 125 forums and online content, we could not find many pervasive and system issues plaguing owners.

  • A limited number of 2021 models faced a safety recall over the gearshift pedal arm not being properly assembled. This could cause the pedal to break off while the motorcycle was in use. A total of just under 2,200 units were impacted by this recall. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of buying a used 2021 125 model.
  • Issues with the throttle sticking. The fix is to adjust your throttle cables.
  • Other owners have wondered if the throttle has too much slack. The fix is to adjust your throttle cables.

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Nostalgic styling and design
  • Capable on street or off-road
  • Reliable engine
  • Good low-end power
Cons:
  • Not a speed demon
  • High demand, low available inventory
  • No clutch
  • Single rider only

Honda Trail 125 vs. Super Cub vs. Monkey

Between the two, the engine and the transmission are identical, while the Super Cub’s rear brake is a mechanical drum. Suspension is very comparable with the Trail 125 having slightly more travel in the front, the fuel-tank capacity is slightly more, and ground clearance is higher than the Super Cub. The Trail 125 excels more in the low-end and mid-range power while the Super Cub has a higher top speed of around 65mph, which is 10 - 15mph faster than the 125.

The Super Cub is lighter than the Trail 125 by 21lbs and $200 less expensive. We also like the instrument panel on the Super Cub more than the 125. Both the Trail 125 and the Super Cub make up a large portion of Honda’s total sales units each year so you can’t go wrong with either option. Within Honda’s motorcycle lineup, you may also want to consider the Monkey or Grom.

The Monkey is fuel-injected, geared more towards street riding, and is almost 20lbs lighter than the Trail 125. Some 125 owners have complained about how hard the seat is while Monkey owners rave about the comfort of their seat. The Monkey’s transmission is a 5-speed while the Trail 125 is a semi-automatic and the Monkey is $200 more expensive at $4,199 MSRP. Both engines are the same size and braking and fuel capacity are comparable between the two. Our final take: the Monkey is fun and playful while the Trail 125 is more utilitarian.

Honda Trail 125 vs. Yamaha TW 200

If you’re looking for a slightly larger and more powerful motorcycle, you may want to consider the Yamaha TW 200. The TW 200 has a larger engine, more suspension travel, costs more, has an actual clutch and can handle a wider range of off-road terrain than the Trail 125.

Honda Trail 125 Accessories

Here are some of the popular and useful accessories that you might want to consider.

  • Luggage rack
  • Wind Screen
  • Air horn
  • Mobile Phone Holder Kit
  • GPS tracking system
  • Cover
2022 Honda 125 ABS

Should You Buy a Trail 125?

This YouTuber breaks down the Honda Trail 125 covering the engine, design, brakes and complaints. If you’re considering buying a 125, we’d encourage you to watch this video. Even though the video covers a 2021 model, it is virtually the same as a 2022 model year.


Published Jun 15th, 2022

Honda Trail 125 Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is a Honda Trail 125?

    The base MSRP of a 2022 125 is $3,999. MSRP excludes a destination charge of $200 and freight surcharge of $100. Including all dealer fees, local tag and taxes, the out-the-door cost could end up being close to $4,900. Given the limited inventory availability combined with high consumer demand, we have heard some reports of dealers charging up to $2,500 over MSRP in some areas of the country.
  • How does the Honda Trail 125 compare vs. the Monkey?

    The Monkey is fuel-injected, geared more towards street riding, is almost 20lbs lighter than the Trail 125 and is known for having one of the most comfortable seats among all Honda motorcycles. The Monkey’s transmission is a 5-speed while the Trail 125 is a semi-automatic and the Monkey is $200 more expensive at $4,199 MSRP. Both engines are the same size and braking and fuel capacity is comparable between the two.
  • How fast does the Honda Trail 125 go?

    A Honda Trail 125 has a top speed between 50 and 55 mph. The 125 is not known for how fast it can go so if speed is a top buying factor, the 125 might not be for you.
  • Is the Honda Trail 125 street legal?

    Yes the Honda Trail 125 is street legal. Check with your state’s DMV for local rules and regulations.
  • How much does a Honda Trail 125 weigh?

    The curb weight of a Honda Trail 125 is 259lbs with a full tank of gas.
  • Do you need a motorcycle license for a Honda Trail 125?

    Yes, in most states, you need a motorcycle license to operate a Trail 125 since the engine size is larger than 50cc. Check with your local state DMV for applicable rules to confirm your local rules and regulations.
  • How many CC is the Honda Trail 125 engine?

    The 2022 Honda Trail 125 has a 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine which produces 7 horsepower.
  • Can you finance a Honda Trail 125?

    Yes, you can finance a Honda Trail 125 using your own bank or credit union. Your local Honda motorcycle dealer can also offer financing.
  • How much weight can a Honda Trail 125 hold?

    The maximum weight capacity of a Trail 125 is 265 lbs.
  • How much would a financed Honda Trail 125 cost per month?

    Assuming a $4,400 out the door price (including all dealer fees), a 6% state and local sales tax, a 3-6% interest rate for 3 years with $300 down, your financed payment will be around $133 per month. You would end up pay approximately $415 in interest over the life of the 36-month loan. Your finance rate will vary depending on your credit score and your bank’s terms while tax depends on where you live. If you want to change these factors, you can use our loan payment calculator.

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