The world is going mad for Honda’s Monkey Bike again – and we love it! This retro-classic will be available from £3699 in Honda Motorcycle dealerships across the UK or on PCP for just £65 a month!
The Honda Monkey bike was an icon of the 1970s, but it first came on to the scene in 1961. Originally developed as a 49cc child’s plaything for Tama Tech, an amusement park in Tokyo, it proved so popular that a road-going version was developed, which was initially exported to America and Europe in 1963, with a distinctive chrome tank, folding handlebars and five-inch diameter rigidly mounted wheels. Following introduction, the machine was developed further over the years so that by the mid-1970s it saw widespread use anchored on the rear of ‘RVs’ or ‘recreational vehicles’ for transport when parked up.
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With its cute looks, tear-drop tank and chunky tyres, the Monkey has stayed in our hearts since then and now here’s the new version!
The looks draw heavily on the original but at its heart is a 125cc air-cooled fuel-injected motor, pumping out just under 10bhp through a four-speed ‘box. You’ve got a steel frame, inverted forks, twin shocks (naturally) and modern LED lights as well as a 5.6-litre tank proudly displaying the old Honda Wing logo in glorious 3D!
The colours are lovely too: Banana Yellow/Ross White, Pearl Nebula Red/Ross White, Pearl Shining Black/Ross White.
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