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Honda Monkey Specs

Engine 124.9 cc
Power 8.9 hp
Start Option Electric
ABS No
Pass Switch Yes
Odometer Digital

Monkey Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Monkey

Classic styling and charm

Agile urban runabout

Efficient engine

Well equipped

Things We Dont Like in Monkey

Expensive

Small dimensions

Polarizing styling

Recent Updates of Monkey

Honda Monkey was in the news recently as it was selected as a means of transport for riding around the world by a Portuguese motorcycle racer. Launched in 2018 in Malaysia, the Honda Monkey retails at RM 13,999 in the market and is available in three vibrant colours. Powering this mini bike is a 125cc, air-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes 9.6hp of power at 7000 rpm and 10.5 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox and chain final drive. The Honda Monkey boasts an efficient braking setup that includes 220mm disc on the front and 190mm unit in the rear.

Honda Monkey Variants

There are 1 variants available of Monkey: Standard.

Honda Monkey Power-trains

The Monkey is powered by a Air Cooled PGM-FI 124.9 cc 1 Cylinder engine that gives 8.9hp of power at 7000 rpm and 10.5 Nm Torque at 5500 rpm. It comes with the option of a 4-Speed transmission gearbox. The Monkey has a seat height of 776 mm. The Front Tyre size is 120/80 R12 & Rear Tyre size is 130/80 R12.

Honda Monkey Features

The feature list of Monkey includes Pass Switch, Street Riding Modes and Engine Check Warning in terms of safety.

Features Chassis, Suspension & Brake include USD Fork Front Suspension, Twin Shock Rear Suspension, Backbone Body Frame Type, Single Seat Seat Type, Steel Body Frame Material, Disc Front Brake and Disc Rear Brake.

Features for Console include Digital Odometer, Digital Fuel Gauge, Display Screen, Digital Speedometer and Tripmeter.

Honda Monkey Competitors

The Monkey Competitors are: Honda MSX125 SF.

Honda Monkey 2021 Price List

Variant   Specifications  
Honda Monkey Standard    124.9 cc, 8.9 hp, Electric, Petrol

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Honda Monkey Colors

Monkey is available in 3 different colors - Pearl Glittering Blue, Pearl Nebula Red and Banana Yellow.

Honda Monkey Review

  • Monkey Overview
  • Honda Monkey Design
  • Monkey Ride & Handling
  • Honda Monkey Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Monkey Braking & Safety
  • Honda Monkey Verdict

Monkey Overview

Honda has a good grasp on the fun-sized package idea and has made many bikes and scooters that embody it. One of the oldest of these was the original Honda Monkey that was launched way back in the 60’s. While that was more of a toy than an actual bike, the new model is a regular 125 cc motorcycle. It works with the underpinnings of the rather successful Grom (or MSX 125 as it is known here). Honda has decided to sell it here for a rather pricey sum of RM 14000. Malaysia has a very happening scene when it comes to mini bikes and competition is tough with the likes of Kawasaki Z 125 Pro, Benelli TNT 135, and Honda’s own MSX125. All these motorcycles are orders of magnitude cheaper than the Monkey. So, how does the Monkey justify its price? Read on to find out.   

Honda Monkey Design

There are a few distinct impressions that jump out from the Monkey’s design for the very first time you look at it. Firstly, with a length of 1712 mm, width of 754 mm, and a height of 1029 mm, this is indeed tiny. Its 12-inch wheels with chunky 120 section front and 130 section rear tires drive that impression even deeper. Then there is the fat seat, fuel tank, and high riding flat exhaust, that together make the bike look even more chunky. Secondly there are the three funky retro color schemes and logo. Each of the Banana Yellow, Pearl Glittering Blue or Pearly Nebula Red colors are very well complimented by the white on the tank and the chrome accent pieces like the high riding front fender and the retro exhaust shroud.

Special attention needs to be drawn to the logo with its funky font that looks like it comes straight out of the sixties. Together, these two aspects give it a charm that is hard to miss. The bright colors will attract stares and the funky styling will make people smile. It’s fun while also being undeniably cool. This is charming in a way that only Honda can manage. But there are is more to this design than just retro throwbacks. The instrument dial looks like those old style cylindrical meters but is an LCD screen with a fully digital display. The body piece adorned with the logo can be used to hold tools. All the lighting including the indicators uses LEDs. A thoroughly modern bike under that classic looking design then.

Monkey Ride & Handling

The Honda Monkey gets its front suspension and frame from the Grom. This means a upside down fork setup for the front and a preload adjustable dual shock setup for the rear. The suspension is soft and with the thick seat makes for a very comfortable ride. The short 1152 mm wheelbase, 25-degree caster angle, a low wet weight of 107 kg, and the fat tires give it the agility of a cat on the hunt. Small dimensions and a responsive engine equates to an unmatched ability to filter through traffic. The tires work well on loose surfaces, but this is not really meant for any kind of off-roading. The 775 mm seat height and high handlebars make for comfortable riding posture and riders will not have any problems with it even on long rides.

Honda Monkey Engine & Fuel Consumption

Powering the Honda Monkey is a 125 cc air cooled and fuel injected engine. It sends out a modest 9.3 hp at 7000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm through a 4-speed gearbox. This is the same output and indeed the same engine as the MSX125. While it may not seem like a lot, there is enough grunt to pull away from traffic at traffic stops. It will also eventually reach a top speed of 100 kmph. But doing so is not recommended because of the resulting vibrations. Where it does shine though is in the mileage department. The 5.6-litre fuel tank can last for literal weeks thanks to its high mileage of 67 kmpl.

Monkey Braking & Safety

The low weight and small dimensions raise some concerns. However, bikes like these have a high tendency to do unintentional stoppies. Honda has thankfully given the Monkey the same setup as the Grom here. This means it gets hydraulic disc brakes both front and rear. A common joke that owners of pocket and mini bikes will hear is that a thief might just pick up their prized possession and make a run for it. Thankfully Honda has provided the Monkey with an alarm and an answer back system built into the key.

Honda Monkey Verdict

If you were looking for a mini bike but were not impressed by the futuristic styling of the current crop, then the Honda Monkey is a godsend. However, the price you pay for that styling is not something that most people will be comfortable with. For the niche that is ready to pay the RM 14000 asking price, this review was never needed. And these riders will be smiling away under their helmets as they putter into the sunset.

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    Aryan Mei 19, 2021 for Honda Monkey

    The Honda Monkey has been one of the most popular mini-bike in the Malaysian market. Its classic looks do not fail to charm people around it. At the same time, its fuel-efficient engine and efficient braking setup make it a more reliable commuter. This mini-bike is well-equipped with all the essential consoles and features one could ask for. It even Read More

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    Guys, it's been two months since I have ridden a Honda Monkey and its a true hidden gem. I mean what else a college student can expect? Featuring in the minibike segment, it offers a quirky appeal in its design, sleek and small size, and finally a decent delivery on the roads. The inclusion of the LCD display screen and Read More

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    Gerard Sep 07, 2020 for Honda Monkey

    Hey guys out there!! Did you check the ultra-cute and sleek bike, Honda Monkey? I recently did and trust me guys what fascinated me to the core is its super cute size. It seems like a toy bike. But in reality it is a proper bike that performs great. If you look for immense fun while riding, just opt for Read More

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    Ariff Jan 11, 2019 for Honda Monkey

    Among the range of mini bikes, Honda monkey is one of the most liked motorcycle in Malaysia. I purchased it, after looking at the performance showcased several times in the exhibitions around. I have found the largest fuel tank in the motor cycles yet, providing the ease of riding the bike for longer time period than usual. LED lighting is Read More

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