The Honda Monkey gets an updated Euro 5 engine, 5-speed gearbox and revised suspension.
Honda‘s retro-styled mini-bike, the Honda Monkey has been given an updated Euro 5 engine as part of the revisions for the 2022 model-year motorcycle. Peak power and torque figures remain unchanged from the two-valve 124 cc engine, but it gets a higher compression ratio, while a new airbox and intake help improve airflow. Maximum power of 9.2 bhp now comes at 6,750 rpm and peak torque of 11 Nm is achieved at 5,500 rpm. What is added is a fifth gear, and revised suspension, with the rear shocks getting two-stage springs and revised damper rubbers. The change is said to improve the ride quality on bumpy roads and provide the bike with 102mm of travel and a ground clearance of 175mm.
The Honda Monkey comes with full LED lighting, including the indicators, and also gets the ‘answer back’ feature that makes the lights flash at the push of a button. According to Honda the kerb weight has dropped from 107 kg to 104 kg, and there are no changes on the electronics side. The LCD instrument console remains, and ABS that includes an inertial measurement unit (IMU). The engine now features more advanced internals that includes low-friction coatings, offset cylinder and roller-rocker valve gear.
The Honda Monkey was first introduced in the 1960s, and still retains the chromed high-rise handlebars, plus frame, swingarm and shock absorbers painted the same colour as the peanut shaped fuel tank. The original Monkey was an icon from the 1970s, and according to Honda, it still retains the fun, joyful character that made it such a popular machine across the world. Sadly, we’re not likely to get the Honda Monkey in India. But yes, we have had the pleasure of riding it, and it sure has fun written all over it.