Honda Monkey Bike 2019 Version

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  1. Rus

    Rus Been here awhile

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    These little bikes look cute. Perhaps not strictly Adventure, but I guess any time on two wheels could qualify as that, and it does appear to have a semi-Adventure type tyre.

    Would have to be in Banana Yellow!
    https://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Naked/Monkey

    The 2019 Monkey is a road registrable 125cc machine with modern touches such as LED lights, ABS, USD forks and digital meters. All new features packed onto a very recognisable frame, a cult classic we are very excited to offer to our customers here in Australia.

    INTRODUCING THE MONKEY

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    Honda’s genuinely iconic mini-bike is re-imagined for the present day, with styling that draws heavily on the original, complemented by modern, premium touches such as USD forks, twin rear shocks, LCD instruments, IMU-based ABS and full LED lighting. Wet weight is a mere 107kg.

    The Monkey was so much fun and so easy to ride, it did more to sell the concept of motorcycles to a wider public than perhaps any other machine. With its chunky tyres, mini-‘ape’ style handlebars, miniscule fuel tank and big, squashy seat the Monkey look is unmistakably of its time, but – just like the affection in which it is held – also timeless.

    After the modern-day success of the sharp-suited MSX125, which proved the desire for a funky, pocket-sized town run-around, it was time for the Monkey name to return, reborn and ready for life in the 21st century city.

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    The new Monkey’s power unit is true to its origins, the horizontal SOHC 125cc single-cylinder engine is simple, robust and tuned to deliver useful about-town performance. Air-cooled, with bore and stroke of 52.4 x 57.9mm and compression ratio of 9.3:1, fed by PGM-FI, it produces 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm and 11Nm @ 5,250rpm. The gearbox is 4-speed.

    The Monkey’s steel backbone frame has been tuned for a suitable balance between rigidity and supple feel – perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in. Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.


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    Wheelbase is set at 1155mm, with rake and trail of 25°/82mm and a minimum turning radius of just 1.9m. Wet weight is a mere 107kg, with a seat height of 775mm. The plush seat is made of high-density urethane for maximum comfort.

    USD front forks wear a premium Alumite finish and are matched by dual rear shocks with 104mm of axle travel. Maximum ground clearance is 160mm. A single 220mm front disc and 190mm rear provide secure stopping performance, managed by the IMU-based ABS. Fat 12-inch block pattern tyres make for a smooth ride and are sized 120/80-12 65J front and 130/80-12 69J rear.

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    Naturally, the classic Monkey style had to provide the cues for the new model. A trapezoid silhouette highlights the compact length, while adding depth and substance to its stance. Simple, curved surfaces are designed independently of each other and feature throughout.

    The glossy 5.6L fuel tank, finished in the same paint colour as the frame, swing arm and rear shocks, crowns the machine and proudly wears a historical 3-D Old Wing design Honda logo. Chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards – plus the eloquently stamped exhaust shield, circular mirrors and high-rise handlebars – all pay homage to the original.

    Modern technology meets the reincarnation of the classic Monkey look with a digital full-LCD circular meter, which features a speedometer (which winks playfully when the ignition is turned on), an odometer with two trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator. All lighting is LED and the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wing motif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks. The single channel ABS system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear ‘lift’ under strong braking.

    The all-new Monkey will be available in Australia in 4 exciting colours: Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue and Pearl Shinning Black

    Ideal for learner riders, the MONKEY is LAMS approved (learner approved).


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  2. Mowster

    Mowster Stressed Member

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    I'd have one

    reckon they'd cope with highway speeds?

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  3. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 n00b

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    I’m tempted, they look like fun, and run on the smell of an oily rag




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  4. Reefdog

    Reefdog Been here awhile

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    think ill pass on that price
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  5. Dr AT

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    Wait until the hipsters get bored? As a bonus, by then touratech will offer a dakar tank, meerkat bars, and wide platform pegs. I can see a new market in micro tarpz and monkey butt powder.

    Ps I like it, honda taking a step towards guzzi style motors again - we have the vintage falcone wannabe , so hopefully the cx will be making a comeback?
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  6. Bluetonguejak

    Bluetonguejak Pretend racer

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    No enough fuel range.
    Not enough suspension.
    Too heavy
    Etc. etc...............:lol3
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  7. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    I can see another Cape York ride coming up.:clap
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    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Needs more power.... :lol3
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  9. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    All lighting is LED and the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wing motif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks.

    :photog

    like in a carpark full of SUV's !

    did you expect the bike to still be there ? :rofl
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  10. Farmer Roy

    Farmer Roy Been here awhile

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    ha - I had one of those over 40 or more years ago

    would have one in a heartbeat :-)
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  11. Portly

    Portly Plodder

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  12. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Channel coast, France, 1970something...and that's the Euro-version 50cc

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  13. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Ok, I'll say it.
    What the fuck Honda?
    You've failed on the enduro score, made a large capacity adv tourer and ignored all but mx offroad otherwise.
    Now this useless throwback?

    Whos actually in control there?
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  14. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Yep...Yammie seems to be the most innovative of the Jap manufacturers.
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  15. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    The cuteness and nostalgia factor aside, whos actually going to buy it? Hipsters?
    It's next to useless for almost anything.
    I really don't get it.
    Please continue.........
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  16. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster

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    But they will sell heaps of them.
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  17. Dr AT

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    Imagine 4 mates doing the omeo hwy on these things, then perhaps blue rag , down to dargo? Sure, you'd need to wear continence pads because you'd be pissing yourself laughing most of the time....but riding underpowered evil handling pieces of junk is great fun when you're all on the same junk. We used to have a ball on the little pw50 indoor gokarrt things at dandenong back in the 80's - just imagine a road registered version....or the look on the judges face when the cops try to prosecute you for hoon riding :imaposer
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  18. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    It would be suicidal on the road in a major city...but would be good fun off road, or in a quiet spot.
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  19. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Looks fantastic

    Be a great ag bike ...
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  20. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    I bought this beast for $2600 with 20kms on the clock.
    Big $ gap to the monkey...and it's also got the nostalgia thing going on...especially the riding the AG bike along the road and when being pulled up by the cops telling them you were just heading to that paddock over there. Hopefully there's a paddock nearby.
    That said I wouldn't mind one if they were same price as a Grom.
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