Honda MSX125: The Monkey Bike Returns

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Around the time Mick Jagger was declaring his on the classic 1969 Rolling album, Let it Bleed, Honda a range of circus-sized motorcycles would kick-start a new custom trend.

The Z-series mini-bikes compact enough to be ridden by a and Honda encouraged the simian with model names Monkey and Ape.

Instead of into history gracefully, bikes have been alive by customisers who relished the of a new avenue for their creativity and the to do something different instead of the choppers and cafe racers.

Now has decided to get into the action and build a new monkey bike for the Century. Enter the new MSX125, due to go on in Japan in April, before markets.

The MSX125 is a modern-day monkey in everything but name. It’s a little disappointing that a primal tag wasn’t given to the little Honda, as the nomenclature much to the appeal of the original Being seen on one enabled the to make the same declaration as on a city street: Well, I am a monkey man I’m glad you are a woman, too.

Somehow I a MSX125 doesn’t make the statement, or carry the same call to mate.

Fortunately, the MSX125 has all the other of a bona fide two-wheeled There’s a horizontal single-cylinder engine driving a four-speed beefy inverted front fat tyres, and Nissin disc to arrest the momentum of either wheel.

With a hand-operated instead of the centrifugal auto-clutch of the Zeds, you can safely bet that a will be wheel-standing away the traffic lights on your visit to Tokyo, London or Previously, mono-wheeling stunts on machines could be initiated by strength and dramatic bodyweight only. Spiky-haired freestylers are to welcome the MSX as a fine stunt-riding

But what will monkey aficionados make of the new Honda? soldiered on for decades turning minibikes into expensive of art as part of a global cult.

and magazines dedicated to custom can be found in the US, Japan and Europe, and the on various web forums suggests people can’t wait to get hands on the new Honda. They’ll reduce to the MSX125 to a small of bits in the garage, discard 50 per cent and fabricate new replacement or buy expensive custom parts Takegawa, an acknowledged monkey specialist.

For British monkey bike Andrew Mitchell, transforming his into a special that a shrunken Honda CB1100R took years and the project him around NZ$30,000. His minibike now a 124cc high-compression Takegawa complete with dual cams and a four-valve head. Top

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About 140kmh.

They be little machines but they big bike build quality, told British weekly Cycle News, in 2010.

So not too bad at high speed, they it pretty well.

The same MCN highlighted the plight of a custom bike owner who had to keep the costs of his obsession hidden his wife. He’d keep an new swingarm stashed in his garage for then pretend to discover it a clean-up.

Another Brit, Mark has built 15 custom monkey so far, including a chopper. I build a new one I want it to be different to the one, he said.

Clarke is no itching to get his hands on the new MSX125. a new monkey bike was perhaps a for Honda, after successfully the concept with a limited run of 40th anniversary models of the in 2007, which were all snapped up. Perhaps bell-bottom will undergo a similar next.

— Fairfax NZ News

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