Our friends at Japanese magazine Young Machine have been testing the all new Honda Monkey 125 in Tokyo – and we’ve got some footage of it in action. Cool right?

The iconic Monkey has been redesigned for 2018, blending modern technology with classic styling.  It’s powered by a 125cc air-cooled SOHC 2v engine that kicks out 9.25bhp and 8.1lb-ft of torque. And best of all, Honda claims the little Monkey can do a 189mpg thanks to its fuel-injection system.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS FROM YOUNG MACHINE

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First things first, the dimensions of the new Monkey 125 are different to the outgoing 50 model. It’s been scaled up, and is significantly bigger than ever before. The ride’s fairly fluffy – with a focus on comfort, thanks to its soft suspension and a soft seat – though really, that’s much the same as the outgoing 50. And according to the technical data we’ve seen, the Monkey 125’s engine is dialled in for low speed performance – so it’ll be much better for taking in scenery than powering from turn to turn.

Comparing Honda’s Grom to the new Monkey 125 – the Grom is significantly sportier. The riding position has a slight forward tilt, its seat is hard, and although the suspension is fairly soft, it still felt sports oriented. It’s happy to be banked in at speed too, whereas the Monkey 125 doesn’t feel quite so capable when pushed to its limits.

The Monkey 125 is set to make it to the UK later this year – but at the minute there’s been no word on price or availability. We’ll keep you posted.

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To check out the full article on Young Machine, click HERE.

Ross Mowbray

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