Look acquainted? Europe can be getting a contemporary reboot of Honda’s Dax minibike, which first appeared in the Nineteen Seventies. (Honda/)
Honda has revived its Dax minibike within the type of the brand new ST125, a twenty-first-century model of the ST50, ST70, and ST90 machines that have been defining fashions of the Nineteen Seventies.
Whereas the single-cylinder mannequin has solely been revealed in Europe to this point, there’s a robust probability it will likely be coming to the States sooner or later.
The revival of the Dax is a part of a minibike renaissance for Honda, who rediscovered the format with the MSX125 Grom in 2014 and has been mining that seam ever since.
The MSX itself has since spawned the Monkey 125 as a genuine tribute to maybe essentially the most well-known minibike of all, and the brand new Dax follows in its footsteps.
Primary parts are shared with the Tremendous Cub, Grom, and Monkey, although the Dax has barely bigger dimensions. (Honda/)
The unique Dax ST50 and ST70 (which were bought because of the CT70 within the States) have been created particularly with export markets—Europe and the USA—in thought, making their debut again in 1969 as a follow-up to the 1967-on Monkey.
In truth, it was the American market that impressed the bike, asking for an enlarged model of the Monkey to raise go well with Western physiques, in addition to the power to hold passengers.
Identical to the unique, the brand new ST125 Dax takes its primary parts from the Tremendous Cub, which as of late means a 124cc SOHC air-cooled single hooked up to a four-speed transmission by way of a centrifugal clutch.
Whereas each the Grom and Monkey share the identical engine, the present iterations of these fashions have a traditional clutch and five-speed field, so regardless of its related dimensions and form, the semi-auto Dax guarantees a markedly totally different driving proposition.
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The ST125 carries over the identical single-cylinder motor from the Grom and Monkey, although right here it’s mounted in a pressed metal body and will get a semi-automatic transmission. (Honda/)
We received dwelled on efficiency for too lengthy; that’s merely not what these bikes are about. For the file, the Dax makes 9.25 hp at 7,000 rpm and a peak of 8 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, numbers which are understandably inside a whisker of the Grom, Monkey, and Tremendous Cub that use the exact same single-cylinder motor.
Prime velocity will probably be someplace across the 60 mph mark, so whereas city site visitors received to be an issue, quicker roads may show daunting.
Identical to the unique Dax, the brand new mannequin’s engine is slung beneath a T-shaped, pressed metal body that hides the gasoline tank and all of the electronics and wiring, making for a clean, unfussy look.
With the tank within the high body rail, it’s understandably restricted in measurement; 1 US gallon is all you’ll get in there, round half a gallon lower than will match into the Monkey’s tank.
Even so, for the reason that Dax is nice for a claimed 150 mpg, that’s loads of potential varies between fill-ups.
Don’t plan on going too far; that body holds simply 1 gallon of gasoline within the high rail. (Honda/)
The Dax’s body means there’s a house for an extended seat than the Monkey’s, and like the unique which means there’s room for a passenger, who will get a chrome seize rail and their very own footpegs.
These pegs are even mounted on hangers extending from the body, which is an improvement over the unique Dax, which had them bolted onto the swingarm.
Regardless of the additional house, the brand new Dax is simply 2 inches longer than the Monkey, coming in at a compact 69.3 inches general.
It’s nonetheless a lightweight machine, coming in at 236 kilos, solely 7 kilos greater than the Monkey 125.
The Dax additionally has advantages from the Grom’s upside-down fork and five-spoke wheels with disc brakes. (Honda/)
In addition to the Grom’s engine, the Dax adopts the Grom’s five-spoke wheels and entrance and rear disc brakes—representing one other much-appreciated improvement over the cable-operated drum brakes of the Nineteen Seventies fashions.
There’s even ABS and an IMU to watch and forestall rear-wheel raise, one thing that’s inevitably a priority on a motorbike with such a brief wheelbase and excessive middle of gravity.
An LCD shows hides throughout the chrome-trimmed, analog-style dial. (Honda/)
As on the most recent Monkey and Grom fashions, the Dax’s fork is a 31mm upside-down telescopic unit, though it lacks any adjustability, whereas the metal box-section swingarm is suspended by two nonadjustable Coilover shocks.
Regardless of what the retro appears to be like, there are trendy touches together with a set of LCD devices hiding inside a trad-looking round dial—it’s the identical setup because the Monkey 125—and full LED lighting.
No pricing has been launched, however, we do know the 2023 Dax can be accessible in pink or blue relating to Europe this Might. (Honda/)
When it comes to different visuals, the Euro-market model of the brand new Dax is available in two paint schemes, pink or blue, with the Dax title on a band across the tank and the ST125 branding on an aspect badge that additionally incorporates a helmeted dachshund on wheels; Dax is brief for a dachshund, reflecting the concept the bike’s lengthy body and small wheels give it the look of a wiener canine from the aspect.
Formally, the Dax is a 2023 mannequin and it’s not due in European sellers till Might this 12 months. A US market model appears certain to observe, not least as a result of the unique Dax was designed particularly for the States, but in addition as a result of America has confirmed to be an enormous marketplace for the Grom, exhibiting that the urge for food for minibikes hasn’t diminished. Costs have but to be introduced, even in Europe, however, it’s certain to be very near the Monkey and Grom in that respect.
The brand new Dax is 2 inches longer than the Monkey so there’s extra room for a passenger. (Honda/)