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Yesssh! The Honda Monkey Is Coming to the USA

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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:

Model MONKEY ABS MONKEY
ENGINE  
Type 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Bore x Stroke 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Induction PGM-FI w/ 24mm bore, automatic enrichment
Ignition Full transistorized
Starter Electric
Transmission Manual; four speeds
Clutch Multiplate wet
Final Drive Chain final drive; 15T/34T
SUSPENSION  
Front 31mm hydraulic telescopic inverted fork; 4.3 in. travel
Rear Twin shocks; 3.3 in. travel
BRAKES  
 

Front

Hydraulic; single 220mm disc w/ two-
piston caliper; ABS
Hydraulic; single 220mm disc w/ two-piston
caliper
Rear Hydraulic; single 190mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
TIRES  
Front 120/80-12
Rear 130/80-12
MEASUREMENTS  
Rake (Caster Angle) 25º
Trail 82mm (3.2 in.)
Length 67.4 in.
Width 29.7 in.
Height 40.5 in.
Ground Clearance 5.3 in.
Seat Height 30.6 in.
Wheelbase 45.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.5 gal.
Colors Pearl Nebula Red Pearl Nebula Red, Banana Yellow
Curb Weight* 238 lbs. 234 lbs.

Source: American Honda

Jensen Beeler

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