Hefty price for new Honda Monkey Bike

2018 Honda Monkey Bike hefty price

The new Honda Monkey Bike has ABS, LED lighting and a 150% engine capacity increase to 125cc, but you will also pay a hefty ride-away price of $5999.

Honda Motorcycles Australia have got to be kidding!

That hefty price is about the same as most 300cc road bikes on the market. And it doesn’t stack up when you consider the 125cc Honda Grom costs only $3349 (+ORC).

Honda’s new Monkey Bike will be available in Australia in July.

Air-cooled2018 Honda Monkey Bike hefty price

It is still powered by an air-cooled engine, but it’s now a 125cc air-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, two-valve with 6.7kW of power and 11Nm of torque.

The Monkey Bike weighs in at a puny 107kg and includes a 5.6-litre fuel tank with an amazing 1.2L/100km (189mpg) economy that provides 373km of range.2018 Honda Monkey Bike hefty price

It has also been modernised with five instead of four gears and a standard clutch with a lever, not a centrifugal clutch.

The 2018 Honda Monkey Bike comes in three traditional colour schemes with just enough retro chrome.

It will be available in all markets with ABS as standard by Honda’s choice, rather than forced by legislation.

ABS is becoming mandatory in a lot of markets, including Australia, but only for bikes over 125cc.

The Honda Monkey Bike also features a modern inertial measurement unit that stops the rear from lifting under heavy braking.

2018 Honda Monkey Bike hefty price

The frame is still a steel backbone with an oval cross section swingarm, but now has upside-down forks and dual shocks with 12-inch wheels.

Hefty price to pay

It may be modernised and have a certain fun appeal, but you have to wonder how well it will sell at such a hefty price!

Mind you, an old Monkey Bike owned by John Lennon sold through H&H Classics at the National Motorbikes Museum for £56,250 (about $A100,300, €63,150 $US77,900) last month.

It is the highest price paid for a monkey bike and almost double the estimated price of £30,000 (about $A52,000, €33,700, $US40,000).

John Lennon on his Honda monkey bike valuable hefty price
Lennon on his monkey bike

 

7 Comments

  1. Well there goes sales… I will buy one when a dealer goes out of business or on the used market. Let them sit and become new old stock, after a couple years when everyone that has to have one gets their quota filled they won’t be able to give them away. Just like the Grom.

  2. Wow, that’s at least $1500 over priced.

    My name is down on the waiting list but i won’t be buying one at that price.

    1. I just found out about this today and straight away signed up. Like the article I compared the Grom price but thought ‘I won’t be surprised if Honda tries to cash in on the collectable appeal given that of the 50cc series’. Yep..bit sad as at $6,000 my likelihood of buying one just took a heavy knock. Dang I WAS so excited.

  3. Even though a monkey wears silk, it’s still a monkey. Does it come with a promotional bunch of bananas? Just asking.

  4. WoW ! Would have sold buy the boat load if it was the same price as the Grom,
    Honda must think we are monkeys eh?
    Same as the Z900 RS would have sold out, shipment after shipment if it was $15000 on road
    (& with a center stand), instead of gathering dust on the showroom floors.
    The 2006 Ducati 1000 project bike is looking awfully good here.

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