MoreBikes has been out to Nice on the south coast of France, for the launch of a range of new small capacity machines from Honda. The main event was the unveiling of its updated Forza 125 and 300 premium scooters – but we also got a quick chance to ride the all-new Monkey 125.
With its chunky tyres, mini-‘ape’ style handlebars, miniscule fuel tank and big, squashy seat, the Monkey is arguably one of the most iconic motorcycles in existence. Its popularity was mainly as a result of its instantly-likable design, tiny dimensions and ultra-light weight – which made it a whole load of fun around town.
Best of all, Honda’s iconic mini-bike has been 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. Its 125cc air-cooled engine delivers 6.9kW power, and fuel efficiency of 67km/litre, while its wet weight is a mere 107kg. Not bad, right?
While out in Nice, we got a very brief chance to ride the all-new Honda Monkey – ahead of its official UK launch (which we’ll be attending tomorrow). Here’s some footage of our man Ross, bobbing around through the city.
There’ll be a full launch report in a future issue of Motorcycle Sport and Leisure – but keep an eye on MoreBikes as we get a proper chance to put the little Monkey through its paces around London tomorrow.
2019 Honda Monkey
Engine: 124.9 cc air-cooled four-stroke single
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Max. Power: 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm
Max. Torque: 11Nm @ 5,250rpm
Suspension: (F) 31 mm inverted fork, 4.3 inches of travel (R) Dual shocks, 3.3 inches of travel
Brakes: (F) Single 220 mm disc, two-piston caliper, optional ABS (R) Single 190 mm disc, single-piston caliper
Tyres: 120/80-12 front, 130/80-12 rear
Seat height: 776mm
Kerb weight: 107kg
Fuel capacity: 5.6 litres
For more information, visit: www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles