Hell Hound: Speed ​​Dustbin Honda DAX 125

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Eak Tanadit, owner and lead designer at Bangkok's K-Speed ​​workshop, is arguably one of the world's leading micro-motorcycle repairers. His custom creations have graced the pages of many websites (including this one) and their popularity has allowed him to expand his business internationally.

In 2018 Honda approached Eak to prepare their newly released C110 Super Cub which was custom built in Thailand. The resulting bike, dubbed the 'Tokyo Street' began an ongoing partnership that saw Eak modify all kinds of Honda models. Through this partnership, his workshop also builds a number of aftermarket parts that he sells under the K-Speed ​​​​Diabolus (formerly Diablo) brand. For his latest custom project for Honda, Eak turned his attention to the 2024 Dax 125.

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The Dax 125 is Honda's re-imagining of the ST50 Dax that has been out of production for over 40 years. The Euro 5 compliant mini bike is powered by a 124cc single cylinder engine and features LED lighting and a streamlined LCD gauge. The little Dax rolls on 12-inch wheels wrapped in chunky rubber and uses the same pressed steel frame as the original Dax. Like the day, the Honda DAX 125 won't win any races, but it's more stylish than any scooter on the market, cheaper to buy and run, and brings countless smiles to the galley.

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In this build, Eak aims to transform the Minuscule Dax into a muscular retro racer with the aim of wowing the crowds at the 2024 Bangkok Hot Rod Show. The project took about 3 months to complete from start to finish with a large portion of the time spent building the new curved bodywork.

“The DAX 125 is one of the most popular motorcycles right now,” said Eak. “My inspiration is racing 1960's cow barrel style motorcycles.”

As with every K-Speed ​​project, this Dax 125 custom build 'Hell Hound' started with Eak sketching out his idea with pencil and paper. From there he and his team began the long process of transforming the Dax 125 into the bike you see here. As for what parts of the work were done for this project, Eak jokes we have to ask which ones he didn't do since the list of changes is extensive.

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The standout feature of this custom Dax 125 is of course the one-off dustbin fairing. As with their other projects, work began on the fabrication of the mold that was used to produce the final fiber composite part. This method helps to keep weight to a minimum for low-powered Dax.

Adding to the laundry list of customizations is a custom handle with new switchgear, handles, and bar ends. The swingarm mounted rear pegs create an aggressive ride while the Diabolus leather seat offers plenty of cushioning. To keep things looking clean in the cockpit, the stock gauge has been moved to the left inner side of the fairing where you'll find an unexpected addition.

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This Dax 125 now has a jockey shift gear selector. So when the throttle is removed and the centrifugal clutch does its thing, the pull (or push) on the gear lever changes to the 4-speed box. Also, instead of a foot brake on the rear, Eak chose to move the rear brake control to the handlebars which puts this Dax on top as a scooter.

The rear wheel is still a 12-inch unit but is much wider than the stock version and is wrapped in IRC NR77 rubber. For tire mounting K-Speed ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The bike also wears a few items from K-Speed's Diabolus parts catalog. These include a custom muffler, a re-routed header, shortened front and rear suspension, and a wheel cover that covers the rear hub.

To finish things off the Hell Hound is painted in standard K-Speed ​​satin and gloss black paint. The white Diabolus and K-Speed ​​graphics on the fairing let passers-by know who they're driving to buy one, and the gold and black DID chain adds a touch of class to the whole package.

The Hell Hound may look like it's going to set a new world speed record but despite the extensive work done to the rest of the bike, Eak has left its engine untouched. But let's be honest, how much power can one expect from a single 9hp?

The Hell Hound is currently on sale through the K-Speed ​​website. It costs 330,000 Thai Baht which converts to a touch over $9000 USD + shipping. That's about 3 times the stock Dax 125 RRP but considering how much work has gone into this bike I'd still consider it a bargain.

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