The New SUPER CUB C125 Developer Interview with the Motto of “God lives in details”

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The developer creates a richer and new vehicle while inheriting the basic performance, which is loved by the first C100 and the widely loved basic performance. That is why the C125 development team sticks to the details thoroughly. *from the Young Machine September 2018 issue (released on July 24)


A high-quality personal commuter beyond the existing Carburetor

YM: First of all, I would like to ask you from the development process, but the SUPER CUB C125 not only produced the global market, but also developed the Thailand mainly.

Katsuta: SUPER CUB has built a long culture as a Motorcycle = a business Motorcycle that helps a lot of people in Japan. On the other hand, in the Southeast Asian region, including the Thailand, one family use = a private vehicle has been loved in the family. I believe that this is because of the acceptance of “the provision of joy for people’s lives”, including the founder of SOICHIRO HONDA, and TAKEO FUJISAWA, who was involved in the development of the first C100.

In recent years, with the rise of economic conditions in Southeast Asia, changes in the market have begun to change, and the customer orientation has changed. Then, we looked at the height of the basic performance that the SUPER CUB had cultivated for a long while, and the thought that a new personal commuter that was designed to harmonize with the “rich modern life” of one family youth. It comes to the thought that it is possible to produce a new one as a global model based on the original culture of Japan.

YM: So this super Cub C125 has a textured design. I had heard that rounding and deformed design will be receiving more than in foreign countries. The predecessor SUPER CUB 110/50 was a deformed headlight, but I wonder whether the rounding will receive the CUB in foreign countries.

TATEISHI: In the past, Thailand rounding’s SUPER CUB was selling for a long time, so I think rounding’s familiarity is profound. Even though it may seem old at the time, the rounding’s universal image is now being reviewed in Thailand. By the way, LED headlight unit has become an exclusive design of C125.

KATSUTA: The first C100 bird-shaped handlebar has been devised in order to achieve both of a suitable riding position for commuters and a manufacturing task that assumes press molding at the time. The “Unit Steering” is to show that the front fork is integrated from the handlebar also has the effect of enhancing the habitability. As a motif of C100 in C125, we succeeded in inheriting the thoughts of the developers at that time. Moreover, we pursued the texture to the hilt in the motto of “God lives in details”.

TATEISHI: As the designer, the upper edge of the body draws “S-shaped Line” as seen from the side. I’m sticking to this. The point here is to dare to make it steel, because it is a beautiful line on the rear fender in a plastic molding, which requires a plate thickness, and it does not go backward. In the Thailand specification, the rear carriers are not standard equipment, and it may be able to see this line more clearly.

YM: SUPER CUB has a strong image of the bottom link suspension, but has become a telescopic from an earlier age. Was C125 dare to choose the bottom as well as the first generation?

TATEISHI: The first reason is that I wanted to make the design around the front as clear as possible. In addition, because it is a disc brake, the shape becomes considerably complex when it is a bottom link. The Thailand Specifications and Japan specifications do not have ABS settings, but this is because I wanted to clear the front side.

KATSUTA: Since this vehicle is focused on riding, we have adopted a telescopic expression that is superior in terms of absorption of shock. The reason why the suspension stroke amount was made longer than 110 or 50 has the aim of increasing the riding performance on bad roads seen in the Southeast Asia region. It is aimed not to mind, even if it goes beyond a little step such as a ride comfort of the day and seam on the road more than that. And, it made the seat even thicker than 110 and contributed to ride comfort feeling.

[Mr. Shuhei Katsuta (left)] is the responsibility for development of the SUPER CUB C125 until February 2018. He is also the responsible for the model, such as ACTIVA 125 (India), CB300R (Brazil), and CBR250R as an engine design in the past. Joined 2005 [Mr. Yasushi Tateishi (Right)] is responsible for compiling the design of SUPER CUB C125. The models that have been involved, such as JOKER, APE, ZOOMER, PCX and DUNK. He Joined 1991

The silhouette of “S-shaped Line” which the designer, particularly stuck in order to express the CUB-ness. It needed to be adjusted in millimeters in order to convey the ease of crossings and the goodness of riding at a glance and beautifully.

Built-in Detail to Endure the Owner’s Pet

YM: What about frames and engines?

KATSUTA: The main frame is based on 110 things depending on the pipe material. It is the main change that strengthened around the head pipe and corresponded to 125cc units of engine hanger.

YM: Is there any possibility of a press frame like the original one?

TATEISHI: Technically, it is possible, but realistically there is no machine to manufacture the stamping frame. It is different from the one for 4-wheels.

KATSUTA: The engine was based on what is used for WAVE 125, which is sold in Southeast Asia. It has been selected an engine with a history that was newly designed for WAVE, rather than increasing the displacement to 125cc based on SUPER CUB 110. In this C125, choosing the optimum unit to achieve the feeling goodness of the part received by the entire five senses, such as not only the output, but also the vibration and the sound as for the flexibility and the comfort required when the quality feeling is dropped into power performance. Of course, it is possible to change the features in order to correspond the C125 rather than the same, and redesign the case cover newly. The power and torque are stronger and smoother than the WAVE, and at the same time improved the quietness suitable for high-quality commuter by the helical of the primary gear. In addition, there is also an oil inspection window different from 110 and 50, so the usability is good.

YM: You mentioned earlier that “God lives in details”, but you’re really in the details. Is there any special part about you?

KATSUTA: In the detail, there are a shift and brake pedal that the arm and the pedal plate were composed in a different part. If the pedal top continues to tread, it will eventually decrease. But, the thought of when replacing it, it would be able to ride in a beautiful state. As a development team, I have put my thoughts to that point. After all, “God lives in details” (laugh).

TATEISHI: The meter had an LCD part on the front and a speedometer of the analog pointer in the depth with a 3D layout in order to produce high quality, but it also adopts such attempts that are hard to see elsewhere.

YM: The rear carrier which imitated HONDA’s H-mark is also good.

KATSUTA: (laugh). The H-mark is an urban legend. It is made such a form when thinking of the function.

The rear fender dares to make it steel in order to achieve a beautiful body line. The shift & brake pedal separates from the arm part through the bolt on the back side. It is possible to exchange even if it rubs off.

It is a pursuit of a high-quality ride in another class differs from 110 and 50, even after being announced as a concept model (left) in 2017, and it adds improvements to the shape and internal structure of Footpeg rubber and the folds shape (right).

Sentence: Kenichi Miyata
Coverage Cooperation: HONDA Motor Co., Ltd./HONDA Motorcycle Japan

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