On display at the Art of Speed 2018 custom show at Serdang, Selangor were the 2018 Honda C125 Super Cub and Honda Monkey mini bike. Shown to gauge market interest from the Malaysian motorcycling public, this pair of retro bikes are updated designs from Honda’s 70s catalogue.

The Honda Cub is practically a Honda permananent fixture and this design has soldiered on from the fifties, under the “Japanese Forever Retro” design concept. Dubbed the Super Cub in Japan, the C125 Cub motorcycle carries a 125 cc air-cooled engine that produces 7.89 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

Fuelling is by Honda’s PGM-FI with a four-speed centrifugal clutch gearbox and chain final drive, and disc brake in front and drum at the back. Shown in solo seat configuration, the Super Cub has LED lights all-round and a combination digital and analogue instrument cluster.

Using the 124.9 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder mill from the Honda MSX 125 SF, the Monkey delivers a claimed 9.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm, fuelled by Honda’s PGM-FI. Weight is claimed to be 107 kg and the Monkey carries fuel in a 5.6-litre tank, closely styled to mimic the tank on the original Monkey which was discontinued last year.

Suspension is with upside-down forks on the 2018 Monkey, as well as as disc brakes front and rear and a circular LCD instrument panel with twin odometers is found inside the cockpit, with LED lighting all round. A Boon Siew Honda representative declined to comment on when either or both CBU bikes would make it into the Malaysian market or as to what indicative pricing might be, save for a vague, “maybe around RM12,000.”