Honda’s Retro Monkey Mini Bike Returns For 2020
The Honda Monkey has become one of the most famous models in the Honda line-up. Ever since the original Z100 first rolled onto the scene in 1961 it has evolved into an icon. While the original Monkey line was discontinued in 2017, a new breed of Monkey emerged in 2019. For 2020, Honda has updated their new Monkey with new colors.
There’s no mechanical updates for the coolest little mini bike on the block. The Monkey still uses the same fuel-injected 125cc single-cylinder engine that’s also found on the cult-classic Honda Grom, capable of delivering 9 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 8.1 lb-ft of peak torque at 5,250 rpm. In terms of performance, the specs aren’t the best but what the Monkey lacks in performance it makes up for in fun.
Equipped with an inverted front fork, modern LCD instrumentation, LED lighting, and the option of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) controlled ABS system, the Honda Monkey is more than just a nostalgic reboot, and more of a modern icon in its own right.
The ABS version is only available in Pearl Nebula Red, but if you’re willing to forgo ABS, you have a choice of two colors for 2020: Pearl Nebula Red or Pearl Glittering Blue. No matter the color, the Honda Monkey is an awesome urban runaround for those looking for bucket loads of fun in a small but cool package.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new Honda Monkey in one place.
- Price: $ 4,199
- Key Features:
- Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- LED lights
- Low seat height
- Engine type: 124.9cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke
- Power: 9 horsepower
- Wet weight: 231.5 lbs
- Seat height: 30.6 Inch
- Kawasaki Z125 Pro
- Honda Grom
2020 Honda Monkey Specifications
|Engine||124.9cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke|
|Bore x Stroke||52.4mm x 57.9mm|
|Fuel System||PGM-FI with automatic enrichment|
|Suspension Front||31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches of travel|
|Suspension Rear||Twin shock; 4.1 inches of travel|
|Brakes Front||Single 220mm hydraulic disc|
|Brakes Rear||Single 190mm hydraulic disc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.78 L (1 US gal.)|
|Color||Pearl Glittering Blue|
|Wheelbase||1155 (45.5 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm (6.29 in.)|
|Seat Height||777 mm (30.6 in.)|
|Curb Weight||105 kg (231.5 lb.)|
|Warranty||12-month Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty|
|Extension||Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®|
2020 Honda Monkey Features
125cc FUEL-INJECTED ENGINE
Nobody can match Honda’s reputation for engines, and even though the Monkey may be compact, this single-overhead-cam design is a giant in terms of performance and reliability.
EASY TO PARK
Because of the Monkey’s miniature stature, it’s easy to park in the city, and to store when you’re not riding. There’s always room for a Monkey!
Who says being on a budget can’t be fun? With its 1.5-gallon fuel tank and awesome fuel efficiency, the Monkey may be small, but it lets you ride far on every fill-up.
HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES
The Monkey features 220mm front and 190mm rear single disc brakes for excellent stopping power.
Sure, the Monkey is cute, but its four-speed transmission gives you all the durability, control and efficiency of a conventional motorcycle.
Forget about big, bulky taillights—the Monkey’s LED lamp is bright and clear.
Our Anti-Lock Braking System (on the Monkey ABS model) can be a big help in making controlled stops in less-than-ideal conditions, like on wet pavement or other compromised surfaces. It’s a great choice whether you’re using your new bike as a commuter or just riding it for fun, since it helps you stop with added confidence.
INVERTED FORK SUSPENSION
Here’s a huge improvement over the original Monkey bike: Like a top-of-the-line sportbike, the 2020 Monkey features an inverted hydraulic fork front suspension for control and road feel.
TWIN REAR SHOCKS
The Monkey 125 has twin rear shocks. Combined with the fat tires and cushy seat, they smooth out the roughest pavement in the urban jungle.
Tough and strong, these cast wheels and wide tires are just what the urban rider needs.
The Monkey’s high-aspect-ratio tires do more than just look cool. They’re extraordinarily practical too, giving you tons of grip and absorbing bumps or rough road surfaces.
Sure, the Monkey may be small, but we sized it to fit adult riders. Case in point—check out the high-rise handlebar, so you can sit up and check out the world as you ride.
LOW SEAT HEIGHT
At just 30.6 inches, the Monkey’s super-low seat makes it easy to flat-foot it in parking lots or at stop lights.
MULTI-FUNCTION DIGITAL INSTRUMENTS
Retro meets modern in the Monkey’s instrument cluster. The round housing is totally 1960s, while the display features speedometer, odometer, tachometer, A&B trip meters, fuel gauge, and indicator for low/high beam. It even greets you when you first start the bike!
ROUND CHROMED LED HEADLIGHT
The Monkey’s round headlight looks retro, but its performance is totally up to date and provides superior illumination and visibility.