The new 2018 Honda Monkey bike will be in all UK Honda motorcycle dealerships by the end of July 2018 costing £3699.
It’s an iconic image of the 1970s that was initially developed as a child’s plaything before gaining a cult status all of its own – and now it’s back. Yep, alongside the re-imagined Beetle, Mini and countless retro bikes from the Triumph Bonnie to the Ducati Scrambler now sits a brand new Honda Monkey bike!
Redesigned for 2018 with a bit of a modern tweak yet still powered by an air-cooled engine, Honda has made good on its ‘Monkey concept’ that was being displayed at various bike shows last year. And what a top job they have done!
The heart of the Monkey is a 125cc air-cooled SOHC 2v engine that makes 9.25bhp with 8.1lb.ft of torque, which is a significant step up on the original bike’s 49cc motor. And it also has one more gear with four to select from, but no centrifugal clutch, just a standard clutch and lever. Honda are claiming the Monkey can do a slightly obscene (in a good way) 189mpg thanks to its fuel-injection system. And that’s not the only bit of modern tech…
As well as ABS as standard, the Monkey gains an IMU to stop the rear lifting under braking, which is a bit insane on such a bike, as well as an LCD display and LED lights. But at least the frame is reassuringly old-school.
As you would expect, the Monkey uses a steel backbone frame with an oval cross section swingarm, however this modern version comes with inverted forks and dual shocks with 12-inch wheels. When you are talking a 1155mm wheelbase and 25-degres of trail with 82mm of rake, not to mention a wet weight of 107kg, it should be a fairly agile little beast! And low, with a 776mm seat height.
With final touches that include a lovely retro paint scheme, big seat, 5.6-litre tank, chrome details and Monkey written on its side, what’s not to like?
The Monkey 125 will come in yellow/white, red/white and black/white and will be available on finance for £65 a month.
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