In September 2016 patent images filed by Honda revealed their plans to produce a new 125cc Honda Monkey, based on the popular MSX125 (known as the Grom in the US), and now the Honda Monkey 125 has made its first public appearance at the Vietnam Motorcycle Show.
The physical concept looks incredibly close to Honda's patent drawings, with two-tone grey and silver bodywork and fluorescent highlights. While details are scarce, the Monkey 125 uses the same frame and engine as the MSX125, so we expect it'll produce 9.8bhp. The wheels, brakes and front suspension are also from the MSX. The subframe is replaced with a fluorescent tubular item to hold the Monkey's single seat, and dual rear shocks replace the monoschok of the Grom. A tubular swingarm is used to mimic the original Monkey.
Since the Monkey 125 is based on the MSX it's physically much larger than the original Z50 monkey bike, which is still sold in Japan. The Z50 is 1365mm long with an 895mm wheelbase and 8-inch wheels, while the MSX is 1760mm long, has a 1010mm wheelbase and 12-inch wheels. The Monkey 125 is shod with Maxxis Tortuga tyres.
Honda were stunned by the success of the MSX125 when it was introduced in 2015, selling over 1000 in the UK, outperforming any of the firm's larger-capacity models and becoming a global phenomenon. There’s no confirmation from Honda about the new Monkey’s arrival on UK shores, or how much it will cost – but we’ll keep you posted.
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