Honda has now relaunched the iconic Monkey motorbike after halting production last year due to emission norms and lacklustre sales. The Honda Monkey has remained in production for more than 50 years now, but for the last few decades, it was discontinued in globally and was only offered in Japan. However, Honda has now confirmed that the Monkey 125 will re-enter the European market.
Just like Grom, the Honda Monkey gets powered by a 125cc single-cylinder air cooled engine that churns out 9.3bhp at 7000rpm and 11Nm of peak torque at 5250rpm. The engine gets mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Not to mention, the Honda Monkey comes with a fuel injected engine.
Elsewhere, the Honda Monkey gets 12-inch ten spoke front and back alloy wheels, as well as disc brakes at both front and rear tyres.
Other key features include LED lighting and a circular fully digital instrument console. The instrument cluster is equipped with a digital fuel meter, odometer, and two trip meters. The 2018 Honda Monkey will be offered in a choice of three colour options. These include the classic Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula, and Pearl Shining Black. Besides, Honda also plans to launch the 2018 Monkey 125 in Scrambler as well as Cafe Racer variants.
In terms of design, Honda claims the minibike offers a balance between rigidity and subtleness thanks to the steel backbone frame. The bike’s ‘swinging arm’ has an oval cross-section design, highlighting the circular aesthetic of the Monkey’s overall design.
Honda also claims that the Monkey gets 67.1kmpl, which roughly translates into a range of 375 kilometres on a full 5.56 litres of fuel tank.
The 2018 Honda Monkey has been announced for Europe and is showing up on the company’s Japanese website for 399,600 Yen (Rs. 2.45 lakh approx.). Though sadly, reports suggest that Honda has plans to launch the Monkey 125 in India.