Dax Chronicles: Honda's Nostalgic Mini-Bike Legacy Unveiled

The ST and CT minibike series from Honda represents a noteworthy chapter in the brand's enduring success story in the realm of miniature vehicles. Much like the beloved Monkey and Gorilla models, the dax also boasts a fascinating backstory.

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In Europe and Japan, the dax name derived from the distinctive bulbous spine tube frame, resembling a Dachshund "sausage dog," eventually shortened to dax. Despite its amusing origins, the name didn't extend universally, as other markets opted for the straightforward CT designation for the 70cc and 90cc variants. Production spanned from 1969 to 1981 for the 70cc model and from 1973 to 1975 for the 90cc variant.

Unlike other Honda mini-bikes featuring tubular frames, the dax (or CT) models employed the widely used Cub-based 3-speed semi-automatic gearbox or, in some cases, a four-speed manual transmission. Despite their compact appearance, the generously padded seat accommodated two riders comfortably, ensuring a remarkably fuel-efficient journey.

Honda even launched a unique variant of the ST50 known as the "Chopper" edition, available exclusively in the Japanese market. This model featured distinctive elements such as a custom seat, mini 'ape hanger' handlebars, a special exhaust, and a 4-speed gearbox.

Despite its immense popularity, Honda ceased production of the dax in 1999. Around this time Honda's patents on the dax design expired and Honda sold the production rights to Jincheng, a Chinese motor manufacturer. This is why many countless dax “clones” have surfaced in the last two decades.

Another important factor that keeps the dax alive is the large number of collectors and owners who like to customize and tune their bikes with special parts from tuning brands like Takegawa and Daytona. CMS offers a wide selection of the world’s best tuning brands for Honda Mini's so you can make your dax, Monkey or Chaly even more special!

issued: Monday, February 05, 2024
updated: Monday, February 05, 2024

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