After being retired from the catalogue last year, the Honda mini-bike is back, in the 2019 Honda Monkey, retailing at RM13,999. Shown to the Malaysian public at the Art of Speed 2018 show last July, the Monkey uses the Honda MSX 125 SF (approximately RM10,499), or Honda Grom, as its basis.

Taking the 125 cc, air-cooled single-cylinder power plant from the MSX 125, the Monkey’s engine produces 9.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 10.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheel via a four-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

“Honda Monkey is a unique mini bike admired by its fan worldwide including Malaysia,” said Boon Siew Honda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Keiichi Yasuda. “After months of its showcasing at many public exhibitions, we have received positive feedback on it hence our decision to offer this iconic model for the Malaysian market.”

Fuelling for the Monkey is with Honda’s PGM-FI and fuel is carried in a 5.6-litre tank that closely follows the retro style of the original Monkey. Rolling on 12-inch tyres, the Monkey is stopped by a 220 mm diameter brake disc in front, and a 190 mm unit in the rear with seat height at a rider-friendly 775 mm.

Full LED lighting is found throughout the 2019 Honda Monkey, and a digital LCD instrument display shows everything the rider needs to know. There are three colour options available in Malaysia for the Honda Monkey – Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue, and the aptly named Banana Yellow.