As a motorcycle icon, the Honda Monkey has been around for over 50 years, and Honda has made a decision to pull the plug on its production. Citing increasing difficulty in making the Monkey meet emissions requirements, Honda Japan also said the declining Japanese domestic market for small capacity motorcycles, notably scooters, has made it uneconomical to continue production.
Carrying a 49 cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, OHC single-cylinder thumper, the Monkey was designed for an amusement ride at the Tama Tech amusement park in Hino, Tokyo, which opened in 1961. The first road-legal Monkey was made available to the public in 1967, while the park itself closed in 2009.
The Honda Monkey developed a worldwide cult following over its 50-year model life, and there is a sizeable Monkey community here in Malaysia. Production of the Monkey will end in August, and a 50th anniversary model with a Sunbeam White paintjob was launched last month to commemorate the end of the line.