Remember the Honda Monkey? Sure you do. It’s still being offered in Honda’s current catalogue as a 49 cc mini-bike. But with the success of the Kawasaki Z125 Pro, along with Honda’s own MSX125SF Grom, reports of a Honda Monkey on steroids have emerged.

A series of design renderings – purportedly for a patent application – have been posted on website showing a mini-bike that is strikingly similar to the Honda Monkey, but with several significant changes. The engine looks to be a much bigger unit, possibly the 125 cc, PGM-Fi, single-cylinder mill from the MSX125SF.

Of note are the 10-spoke alloy wheels, that appear to have come straight off the MSX125SF. The exhaust follows the scrambler styling of the original Monkey, with the addition of a bash plate.

The original Honda Monkey debuted in the sixties, capitalising on a then current trend for mini-bikes. Mini-bikes have made a recent resurgence, with the popularity of the Z125 Pro and MSX125SF.

An industry insider informed us that the Honda MSX125 is not currently available in Malaysia, but this might change pending a management decision. Thus, we have no official availability or pricing for the Honda MSX125SF, but the Kawasaki Z125 Pro retails for RM10,435.