2021 Honda Trail 125 Review – First Ride

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By Ryan Adams

2021 Honda Trail 125

Editor Score: 69.5%

Engine 14.0/20
Suspension/Handling 7.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 6.5/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 2.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 7.5/10
Value 7.0/10
Overall Score 69.5/100

With the re-introduction of the Honda Trail in the United States, it marks a homecoming of sorts for a model that was and still is very special to American Honda and many Americans that grew up riding it. While attending the introduction of the 2021 Honda Trail 125 in Julian, California a few weeks ago, I had the chance to see the new model sat next to a well-preserved, but used 1985 Trail 110. The resemblance is commendable. From the dimensions themselves, to small details like the large hub on the front wheel that looks reminiscent of a drum despite the new models disc brakes (front and rear), Honda has done a really great job making the 2021 model a spitting image of the Trails imported to the US in the ‘80s.

During our time in the mountains, we strung our poles and attempted to fish, nocked a few arrows, and blasted down back roads, fire roads, and even the odd two-track trail. It was a pleasant example of the duty Honda foresees its latest mini-moto doing. Like the original, American Honda would love to see one on the back of every motorhome, parked aside every barn, and tucked away in every garage for quick jaunts about town. Before we get into the details about the 2021 Honda Trail 125, let’s take a look back at the story by which it came about.

A Bit of History

The Honda Trail lineage dates back to 1961, but it was the year prior in 1960 that the all-terrain vehicle’s story began. Just a year after Honda had established itself in the United States sales were …read more

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