Honda Monkey: Rückkehr des Mikroflitzers

Honda Monkey in the test: Retro 125cc in the driving report


The Honda Monkey is a small motorcycle that asks the driver big questions. Can I get through this gap? Naturally! Should I roll past the traffic jam on the curb right? It would go without problems! Each time I sit on the Monkey, a new idiotic idea comes to my mind, reason must laboriously prevail against the instinct. This is due to the combination of a turning circle of less than two meters and easy handling.

In my mind, I already do the shopping in the supermarket relaxed on the Monkey, instead of down at the door and to trot from shelf to shelf. The next morning, my new, hyper mobile Ego drives on the retro scooter in the elevator and to the desk. While I play through the changed everyday life as a motorized mythical creature – above human, below Monkey – mentally, I waste thanks to the grippy tires no thought of the wavy, slightly damp cobblestones under me.

No digital bells and whistles

The reduced nature of the Monkey clears the mind. Put it on, turn the key, drive off. Unnecessary menus, displays or the like does not exist. A digital round instrument contains speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge – that's it. The instrument and the electric starter are the two notable new additions to the Monkey remake.

The simple basic recipe without any frills made 1961 for the breakthrough of the Monkey. Originally, the Winz-Rad was not intended as a street machine, but comes from an amusement park. At that time, Honda made the first copies for the Tama Tech Park in Tokyo – as an attraction for children. However, the moped was especially popular with adult visitors, so in 1963 a street legal version came on the market.

Dislocations for 100 km / h

With their ancestors, the current Monkey, however, has only the name and the look in common, technically based on the Honda MSX 125th So makes the air-cooled single cylinder of the new edition is no longer child-friendly 9.4 hp. Although they are only available at 7000 revolutions per minute, the torque of 11 Nm but already at 5250 – so you leave other scooters in city traffic usually easily behind.

Almost ten horsepower may sound like tired downtown bikers to seasoned motorcyclists, but also scores at the outskirts of the Monkey. Up to 80 km / h it goes very fast. Especially narrow, winding country roads bring a lot of fun, especially with bad surface. Ums speed limit I do not have to worry, the top speed of the bike is 90 km / h. Only in a wind-slippery attitude are just over 100 things possible.

At this pace, the Monkey, however, becomes a mini-Schluckspecht: From the promised by Honda, realistic consumption of 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers are at sporting gait rather 2.5. However, the short refueling stop is bearable – and gives the test driver an opportunity to examine the machine's many hidden retro gadgets.

Time machine with small vulnerabilities

In addition to the two-tone paint and lots of chrome parts bring details such as the three-dimensional Honda logo on the tank and the white lettering on the back of the quilted seat the charm of seventies back. It is garnished with a dash of presence in the form of beautiful LED lighting. Due to the ABS, which prevents lifting the rear wheel due to the short wheelbase, the almost 4000 Euro expensive fun scooter has arrived completely in the Now. Almost anyway.

Although there is a lot of good things about Honda's micro-time machine, there are a few minor details: The transmission is very hakelig, unlike the scooter there is no storage space that reflects the digital display – and after a bump the test copy got rid of a plastic cover, to the amusement of the guests of a kebab on the roadside.

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Honda Monkey:
Return of the microfilter

However, these trivialities are overshadowed by a basic problem of the new Monkey: it's fun, and its retro look is convincing – but in the end, it's like a remake of a classic action movie. When the break is over, the feeling of not having experienced anything new remains. Departure into the future? None.

The recipe for this would have been as simple as ingenious: For retro design and the modern LED headlamps two or three hidden in the retro cover, portable batteries, an e-motor directly to the rear – and the Monkey would be a much better overall package.

After all, no drive fits better to a downtown runabout than the directly accelerating electric motor, which would redeem the residents of the strained rattle of the single cylinder. But above all, the Monkey would have a message that remains hanging even after the descent: That unreasonable, little runabouts are not a relic of the past.

vehicle registration

Manufacturer: Honda
Type: Monkey
Body: motorcycle
Engine: Air-cooled single cylinder
Transmission: Four-speed manual transmission
Drive: Rear
displacement: 125 cc
Power: 9 hp (7 kW)
torque: 11 Nm
Top speed .: 90 km / h
Consumption (ECE): 1.5 liters
CO2emissions: 34 g / km
Mass: 107 kg
Dimensions: 1710/755/1030
Price: 4,090 EUR

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