Honda CT125 Hunter Cub modified with ‘Gatling Gun’ exhaust

Back in March 2020, Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, Honda Motorcycle released the nice little CT125 Hunter Cub in its home country. The 2021MY Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is essentially a rugged scrambler version of the brand ‘s famous ‘miniMoto’ or literally, minibike C125 Super Cub. Prices for ex-showrooms continue at 440,000 Japanese Yen or about Rs 3.10 lakh.

Honda CT125 Hunter Cub

Thanks to its user-friendliness and supreme affordability, minibikes are becoming increasingly common in North America, Europe, and some ASEAN markets. Such ‘small bikes’ are also suitable for starting motorcycles because they fall under the umbrella of A1 licenses. Maybe the most common examples of this class are the Honda Grom 125 and Monkey.

Going back to the CT125 Hunter Cub (‘T’ stands for ‘Trail’), relative to her usual sister, it’s more of a desire rather than a need. The scrambler DNA does not draw buyers’ broader circle, but minibike enthusiasts may consider a curious appeal inside it. The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is the smallest scrambler in series development, with ease. Here’s one intense example of the same, complete with an exhaust ‘Gatling gun!’

Honda CT125 Hunter Cub

The Thai customization shop K-Speed has given the little scrambler a ‘combat-ready’ spinoff. Despite emerging as a primitive mode of transportation from the post-apocalyptic period, the mod has not sacrificed (if not improved) the original ability of the miniMOTO.

K-Speed started the project by replacing the stock swingarm of the Hunter Cub with a custom model longer by 2 inches. After that, the team mounted a knobby tire measuring 100/100R17 (90/100R17 at the front). The fatter tires needed new fenders (mudguards) and increased suspension (1.5-inch Diablo rise shocks). The top-mounted toolbox offers additional practicality, in addition to improving its looks.

Honda CT125 Hunter Cub

Certain noteworthy enhancements include diamond+pleated seat stitching, updated chainguard, LED lighting, headlamp cover, extended bar-end mirror handlebars, and aftermarket grips; unique switchgear, Takegawa master cylinder, repositioned instrument panel (only above the left crash guard), etc.

K-Speed has now installed a sturdier sump protector, grippier footpegs, broader side stand foot, and improved brake lines to improve its offroading capacity. The Gatling gun-like exhaust system, of course, attracts the most attention. It spins according to pollution rate or, in other terms, the engine RPM — somewhat gimmicky but still a pleasant addition. The designed Honda CT125 Hunter Cub fits an unusual black ‘worn out’ style.

Honda CT125 Hunter Cub

The 2021MY Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is powered by a single-cylinder FI SOHC 124.9cc air-cooled engine which is good for 8.72bhp @ 7,000rpm and 11Nm @ 4,500rpm. This is paired to a semi-automatic 4-speed gearbox. The minibike weight is around 120 kg (10 kg less than the Super Cub C125).

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