There is something about the Honda Monkey that we find adorable and appealing, as we did with the Honda Grom, of which the Monkey shares a platform (namely, its 125cc single-cylinder engine with DOHC).
So needless to say, we were thrilled when we heard that Honda would bring the Monkey into production, and today we get confirmation of news we expected: the Honda Monkey will come to the USA as a 2019 model.
Priced at $3,999 of the USA ($4,199 if you want ABS), the 2019 Honda Monkey will be available in October, and come in two colors: red or yellow.
A retro-styled mini-bike for the masses, the Monkey is unassuming and welcoming motorcycle, which is ideal for younger and newer riders.
We have spoken already about how the Honda Monkey could be Big Red’s next “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda” moment, especially with young urban riders who are already drawn to a vintage motorcycles aesthetic.
It will be interesting to see, however, if the $4,000 price tag keeps the hipsters at bay, as that price tag is a considerable amount for a motorcycle that isn’t even fully sized.
Technical Specification for the 2019 Honda Monkey:
|Type||124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||SOHC; two-valve|
|Bore x Stroke||52.4mm x 57.9mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI w/ 24mm bore, automatic enrichment|
|Transmission||Manual; four speeds|
|Final Drive||Chain final drive; 15T/34T|
|Front||31mm hydraulic telescopic inverted fork; 4.3 in. travel|
|Rear||Twin shocks; 3.3 in. travel|
|Hydraulic; single 220mm disc w/ two-
piston caliper; ABS
|Hydraulic; single 220mm disc w/ two-piston
|Rear||Hydraulic; single 190mm disc w/ single-piston caliper|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||25º|
|Trail||82mm (3.2 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Seat Height||30.6 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||1.5 gal.|
|Colors||Pearl Nebula Red||Pearl Nebula Red, Banana Yellow|
|Curb Weight*||238 lbs.||234 lbs.|
Source: American Honda