Honda Monkey Bikes For Sale
- Seat Height: Low (775 mm / 30.5 inches)
- Weight: Light (104 kg / 229 lbs)
- Fuel Capacity: Low (5.6 litres / 1.5 US gallons)
- Economy: Very Good (120 mpg / 2.4 l/100km / 42.5 km/l)
- Range: Average (150 miles / 241 km)
- Top Speed: Average (65 mph / 105 km/h)
- Capacity: Low (124 cc)
- Power: Low (9 bhp / 7 kW)
- Power to Weight: Low (0.087 bhp/kg / 0.065 kW/kg)
- Redline: Average (8,250 rpm)
- Road Tax / VED: Low (£22 Per Year)
- Launch RRP: £3,900
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What Is It?
The Honda Monkey is a retro style bike based on the popular Honda Grom and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant air-cooled 124 cc single cylinder engine, producing 9.3 bhp at 6,750 rpm and maximum torque at 5,500 rpm.
- Steel tubular frame and swingarm
- 220 mm disc up front with Nissin two piston caliper
- 190 mm disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
- Single channel ABS with IMU (front only, anti-stoppie)
- Upside down fork with 100 mm travel
- Dual rear shocks with 102 mm travel
- LED lighting all round
- 5 speed gearbox
While the original Honda monkey bikes were 50 cc this new version is based heavily on the MSX125 Grom, with slightly chunkier tyres, a classic tear drop tank and high exhaust like the original.
Compared to the 2018-2021 model there's the new engine from the Grom, making the same peak power 250 rpm lower down the range, peak torque 250 rpm higher up, a new 5 speed gearbox, new two stage shock springs and it's 3 kg lighter.
There's also dual rear shocks, a Chrome fender, classic lights, quilted / piped seat and even an alarm. Power, economy and range are roughly the same as the Grom but the Monkey weighs 1 kg more due to more metal bits.
The dash is a modern LCD affair with a fuel gauge, start-up monkey animation and the key can even make the bike flash remotely.
The 10-spoke 12" wheels take a chunky 120/80 at the front and 130/80 at the rear.
Official accessories include the tubular Steel luggage rack but there are hundreds of aftermarket items available to customise it.
Colours: Blue, red, yellow
Is should hit the dealers in AugustDid You Know?
The original Honda Monkey is an icon of the 70s, but it first appeared in 1961. Originally developed as a 49 cc toy for Tama Tech, an amusement park in Tokyo, it proved so popular that a road-going version was developed.
It was exported to America and Europe in 1963, with a distinctive chrome tank, folding handlebars and 5" diameter rigidly-mounted wheels. The Monkey was cute, instantly-likable, tiny and ultra-light weight making it perfect around town.
By 1969 the wheels had increased to 8" and from 1970 it gained even greater popularity with a quickly detachable fork for easy car boot storage. 1978 saw a teardrop style tank, 3 speed gearbox and easy to use centrifugal clutch.