Honda Celebrates 60 Years of the Monkey
Honda Motorcycles is proud to announce the 60th anniversary of the Honda Monkey. Unfortunately, that announcement is the only thing new for the 2021 Monkey. Though there isn’t much we would change about the bike.
The Honda Monkey is still powered by an air-cooled SOHC 125cc fuel-injected engine. It’s also the same engine found in the other bikes in the 2021 Honda lineup like the Grom and Super Cub. The Monkey is comprised of retro style, compact ergo, and now a heritage of 60 years.
First produced in 1961 with a 50cc engine and no front or rear shocks. Of the Japanese motorcycles that Honda made, this one was conceived in an amusement park. It then made its way to the US for its debut as the Honda Z50A K0 in 1968.
Upon its release in the US, it was not street-legal but it did come sporting a front suspension. 1969 is when Honda released its first street-legal variation of the Monkey as the Honda Mini-Trail. The 2021 Monkey is doing 1969 proud as it maintains a retro-styling and compact aesthetic. Canada will not be seeing a release of the Honda Monkey this year.
The 2021 Honda Monkey starts at $3,999 USD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Honda Monkey in one place.
- Price: $3,999 USD
- Key Features:
- LED lights
- Anti-lock brakes
- Low seat height
- Engine: 124.9cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke
- Power: 9 horsepower
- Wet Weight: 231.5 lbs (105 kg)
- Seat Height: 777 mm (30.6 in.) at lowest point
2021 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|
|Valve Train||SOHC; two valves per cylinder|
|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||1.5 gallons (including 0.5-gallon reserve)|
|Color||Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue|
|Seat Height||30.6 inches|
|Curb Weight||231.5 pounds|
|Warranty||Unlimited-mileage, limited warranty|
|Extension||Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®|
2021 Honda Monkey Features
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!
Got a small fuel budget? The Monkey will make it look gigantic. With a 1.5-gallon tank and incredible fuel efficiency, every fill-up will take you farther than you ever thought possible.
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.
The Monkey ABS model gives you an Anti-Lock-Braking System designed to help with controlled stops in less-than-ideal conditions. Whether it’s on wet pavement that’s slipperier than a banana peel, or compromised road surfaces, the Monkey ABS helps you ride with confidence.
INVERTED FORK SUSPENSION
Here’s a huge improvement over the original Monkey bike: Like a top-of-the-line sportbike, the 2021 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
Whether you’re flat-footing it into a parking space or just stopped for a long light, the Monkey’s super-low 30.6-inch seat makes it easy to maneuver and ride.
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, 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.