After stopping production of the iconic Honda Monkey, and its burly variant, the Gorilla, in 2017, Honda has announced the debut of the 2018 Honda Monkey mini bike, based on the current model Honda MSX125. In its original form, the Monkey was a 50 cc urban motorcycle that was designed back in 1961, before being brought to market in 1967.
Building a loyal fan-base over the decades, the Monkey was discontinued last year, Honda citing difficulty in meeting emissions standards with the air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. However, the 2018 Monkey will use the underpinnings of the MSX125 – also known in some markets as the Grom – to build a brand new mini bike.
The new Monkey will use the 125 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder from the MSX, which is Euro 3 compliant and delivers a claimed 9.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm, fuelled by Honda’s PGM-Fi. Weighing in at 107 kg, the Monkey carries fuel in a 5.6-litre tank, closely styled to mimic the tank on the original Monkey.
Other modern updates to the Monkey include upside-down forks, inertial measurement unit-based ABS which helps prevent rear wheel lift under braking and full LED lighting. Inside the cockpit is a circular LCD instrument panel with twin odometers.
Rolling on 12-inch tyres, the Monkey is stopped by a 220 mm diameter brake disc in front, and a 190 mm unit in the rear. There are three colour choices for the 2018 Honda Monkey – Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red and Pearl Shining Black.
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