There’s a new cheeky fella in town, and this latest Monkey is made in Thailand. The Honda MSX125 (Mini Street X-treme 125) carries on the tradition of the original, small-wheeled leisure bike, defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic Monkey.
Honda says that the MSX125 is small enough to be “supremely manageable” (shot in Bangkok, the video below perfectly showcases the new Monkey’s agility) yet has a “fully-fledged feel” thanks to a selection of standard sized motorcycle parts.
“It is part mini-bike, part motorcycle, with engaging performance matched to confident handling and styling that combines a sense of fun with a tough, urban edge,” the press release adds.
The MSX125 is powered by the well-proven and efficient 125 cc fuel-injected engine from the Honda Wave 125i kapcai, which has been refined for better economy and smoother power/torque delivery. The 9.7 hp four-stroke engine is paired to a four-speed gearbox and clutch.
Complementing the power train is a compact chassis that features a sturdy steel frame, inverted 31 mm front forks, monoshock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes (two-piston caliper holding a 220 mm disc in front, single-piston caliper and 190 mm disc at the back) and lightweight 12-inch wheels sporting wide, low profile tyres.
Four colours are available – Asteroid Black Metallic, Pearl Himalayas White, Pearl Queen Bee Yellow and Pearl Valentine Red. Since it’s made in Thailand, the new Monkey could swing its way here in the future.