I thought I’d talk updates to the 2022 Honda Monkey 125. These are a fairly premium small capacity machine, with a classic look and higher build quality than the Grom, which is reflected in the price.
For 2022, the Monkey becomes Euro5 which actually meant adopting the powerplant from the Grom, which was updated for 2021 and offers an air-cooled 124 cc four-stroke, that naturally is Euro5, but also runs a different bore and stroke, as well as a higher compression ratio and five speed gearbox.
That change will see the 2022 Monkey, and similarly updated Super Cub 125, return to the showroom floors in Europe, where a lack of Euro5 compliance previously pushed them out of being available for sale.
By way of comparison over the outgoing Honda Monkey, despite the engine update, we’re not actually seeing any performance boost, but the new five-speed gearbox is apparently good for a top speed of 91km/h. A little head scratchingly the old model had a claimed top speed of 65 miles per hour, which is almost 105 km per hour, so this would seem a bit of a step backwards.
What is fairly impressive in my mind is that 1.5 litres per 100 km claimed figure, offering an exceptional range despite a fairly small fuel capacity of 5.6 litres, with that efficiency due to an offset cylinder and roller rocker arm for the valve gear and PGM fuel injection. With fuel costs fairly high, this makes the Honda 125s an ideal option for low running costs.
The other update on the new Monkey is the use of dual-stage springs and new damper rubbers, which should improve ride quality and the chance of bottoming out, joining USD front forks with a Alumite finish. Travel is 100 mm at the front and 102 mm at the rear, with ground clearance 175 mm in total.
The steel frame continues on, as does the oval cross section swingarm, with disc brakes front and rear. That’s a 220 mm front rotor and 190 mm rear, with two- and one-piston calipers respectively, and there’s ABS on the front including an IMU to help control rear lift. Which may sound a little ridiculous, but these are a very short wheelbase machine at 1145 mm.
The seat height is also 775 mm which isn’t really that low all things considered, when you consider cruisers, however it will be a fairly inviting seating height for most, with the 104 kg wet weight being again very easily manageable.
As far as tech the Monkey is fairly simply, with full LED lighting, an LCD dash, and what Honda call an answer back system, much like what you see on a car, where you click a button on the keys and the lights flash.
Standard Monkey features do of course include the mini-ape handlebars, chromed mudguards with plenty of clearance, chunky tyres, padded seat and peanut tank, ensuring the latest iteration of the Honda Monkey is very much in keeping with the originals, even if the technology included has well and truly kept up with the times. As you’d expect from Honda.
Images courtesy of Honda Motorcycles.
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