Honda’s plans to reintroduce the revival of a cult classic motorcycle in a modern avatar have fueled the rumours after leaked patent images of new Honda Monkey. Honda’s Grom stormed the market back in 2014 and was an international hit across the globe. It became much bigger hit and popular among the riders. Now the leaked patent drawings clearly shows that Honda is celebrating and doubling the success of their mini bike with a twist to their classic Z50 Monkey bike aka Grom.
One can still purchase the the old 50cc Honda Monkey on some of the Asian markets but this model is unsuited for the markets where Grom was such a huge hit. And the major reason for this is low power and emissions. Hence the new configuration will offer Monkey a larger wheels, bigger frame and almost three times the engine size.The history of Honda Monkey can be traced back to 1960s. Originally it was built as an attraction at amusement park but it gained lot of popularity among the commuters. It was known as Monkey Z100 then.
According to images and patent filings that were leaked, it looks like there is an another Grom like model in the works. Looking at these renderings, one will find that the successor of Monkey will retain the wheels, engine, part of the chassis and the front suspension. The complete details are not yet released but this model appears to take the headlight, seat, rear fender and tank designed in a classic manner. There is a raised side exhaust for the 125cc air cooled single-cylinder and a catalytic converter shielded by a belly pan.
This model is significantly larger compared to the original 50cc Z50, but to retain the original look of Z50s it has similar proportions. The bulge hiding behind the enlarged skid plate is believed to be hiding a catalytic converter. It shows that Honda is planning to bring it to Western markets. It also gets LED lights, 10-spoke alloy wheels and an engine bash plate. Any other info on the new project is not passed by Honda Motorcycles yet, but these images that are spread through the Internet might bring something new.
We all are excited for the revival of the Honda Monkey. More importantly though, Honda is also celebrating a landmark year in 2017 which is fuelled by this. The new model will be launched later this year and with the bike ready to sell from next year. We can expect the Monkey to debut at the EICMA Show in November.
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