The 2020 Honda Monkey is a true throwback of the original hit from the 1960s. This is a minibike that houses the compact 125cc single-cylinder engine that is also seen on the Grom. Its short wheelbase, low seat height, and small engine displacement will continue to appeal to new riders or those of us who want to harken back to the good old days.
Because of its Grom base and rich nostalgia, as soon as the 2019 Honda Monkey was unveiled it had already stolen our hearts like a teenage girl and her favorite boy band heartthrob. In fact, Cycle World contributor Peter Jones noted in his first impression of the Monkey that, “The immediate riding impression of today’s Monkey is one of pure, visceral, monstrous fun. It’s a barrel of let’s-do-it-again fun,” he wrote. “It’s a little bike that makes every rider a kid.” Yeah, exactly.
There are a few competitors within this mini moto space, including the Honda Grom, Honda Super Cub, and Kawasaki Z125, but nothing quite packs the reminiscent punch like the Monkey.
It will now be available in Pearl Glittering Blue in addition to the Pearl Nebula Red. This small bike comes at a small starting price of just $3,999 or $4,199 with ABS.