2023 Honda Dax ST125 Preview – Monkey and Grom Adopt New Dachshund-Style Minibike

By Steve & Tamami Laser

Honda’s minibike lineup in Europe and Japan is welcoming the return of a faithful companion to the fold called Dax. Following a 41-year hiatus in Europe, Honda is grooming a new generation ST125 Dax as an ideal sibling for its retro-inspired Monkey and Grom models. The Dax also is set to go on sale in Japan this summer, where the last models were sold in 2003.

With its sporty low profile, the new Dax is a modern interpretation of the 1969 original, and appeals to riders of all ages. Unmistakable styling, with a long body and small wheels, is reminiscent of the mischievous charm and universally adored appeal of the Dachshund (aka Sausage Dog).

Dax features an iconic T-shaped pressed steel frame that extends from under the seat to the handlebars and houses the fuel tank. Easy steering and a smooth ride are provided courtesy of 31mm USD forks, twin rear shocks, and 12-inch alloy wheels wrapped with chunky tires. Front and rear disc brakes are included along with front ABS.

Cool features include a dual seat, chrome high-set handlebars, and dirt-bike-inspired muffler with a drilled, slotted and chromed heat shield. Finishing touches include a black stripe with “Dax” lettering, a Honda Wing logo, and a cartoon-style Dachshund.

Powering the Dax is a 124cc SOHC engine with PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, 10.0:1 compression ratio, peak output of 6.9kW at 7,000 rpm, and peak torque of 10.8Nm at 5,000 rpm. The 4-speed gearbox features a wet multiplate and automatic centrifugal clutch with a driver-selectable foot lever.

Up front is a signature round headlight, with LED indicators between the low and high beams. A compact, round LED instrument display mimics the look, while LED taillights wrap up the enhanced lighting. Body color choices include Pearl Nebula Red and Pearl Cadet Grey.

Flashback: The 1969 ST50/70 Dax built for Europe and the U.S. was offered in 50cc and 70cc versions. The ST90 Mighty Dax made its debut for select markets in 1972, while the CY50 Nauty Dax followed in 1973. Dax returned to Japan in 1995 for an eight-year run.

The new Dax 125 is expected to go on sale in Japan in July, with an annual sales target of 8,000 units. The minibike is built at Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Launch timing and pricing for European markets is TBA.

News sources and photos courtesy of Honda Motor Europe Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Features, specifications and launch dates are subject to change without notice.

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