Make motorcycling pure fun again. It’s what the Monkey’s made for.
When you first see a Monkey, you’ll smile. When you first ride a Monkey, you’re guaranteed to be wearing the biggest grin inside your helmet. Sure, it’s small enough to pack away behind a camper van, and wriggle through gaps in traffic nothing else will get through. But, really what the Monkey’s all about is the sheer, basic joy of riding. And we think there’s nothing wrong with that.
This motorcycle is packed with features and upgrades to enhance your ride.
The original Monkey became a ‘70s icon. It was the two-wheeled machine to be seen on, and nothing’s changed. Our new Monkey’s style, with its chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards–plus the evocatively-stamped exhaust shield and high-rise handlebars–pays homage to the original. And somehow looks even funkier.
That’s the Monkey in a nutshell. And its reliable engine’s the same; the air-cooled, fuel-injected horizontal 125cc SOHC power unit is tuned to deliver enjoyable around-town performance and makes 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm and 11Nm @ 5,250rpm. The four-speed gearbox is managed by clutch, just like a big bike.
Just to make sure the Monkey stands out from the crowd even more we’ve given it full LED lighting–even the indicators. And the key features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button, so you’ll never lose your Monkey in a car park.
Who knows where the Monkey will take you. So we’ve built it tough just in case. Its steel backbone frame provides strength and stability, along with the oval-section swingarm. Up Side Down (USD) front forks wear a premium Alumite finish and are matched by dual rear shocks with 104mm of axle travel. Maximum ground clearance is 160mm, fat 12-inch block pattern tyres make for a smooth ride and the seat is made of plush, high-density urethane.
The Monkey’s not just pretty, it’s clever. The single-channel ABS is controlled by an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) so the rear of the bike won’t lift under heavy braking. A single 220mm front disc and 190mm rear provide the stopping power.
The looks are retro but the circular instrument cluster is full LCD and features a speedometer (which winks cheekily as the ignition is turned on), odometer with twin trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator.
The Monkey has style all if its own. And character like nothing else. Chromed high-rise handlebars, plus frame, swingarm and shock absorbers painted the same colour as the peanut fuel tank–and the high-level mudguards–all draw attention. As do the chunky block-section tyres. But underneath it’s built strong, with a dependable, economical air-cooled 125cc engine bolted into a sturdy chassis that features IMU-controlled ABS braking. It’s also small and light, just 107kg, with a comfy seat set 775mm from the ground. So much more than a toy. No less of a motorcycle. It’s a Monkey.
The Monkey’s a feeling. Of living carefree in the moment and making memories for now, and the future. Its history with Honda might go all the way back to 1961–when the world was a different place–but what it represents, what it is and what it means, is as important now as it ever was. The Monkey is two-wheeled freedom. And the time is right.