Nostalgia has gotten to us and we’re looking back on the evolution of the Monkey bike, from its first spin in the market in 1961 until now, 2018.
First model – made for use at amusement parks, with 5 inch wheels, rigid suspension, foldable handlebars and 3.1kW 49cc engine.
First road-going model – exported to North America and Europe.
First model sold in Japan – with ‘fold-down’ seat
Quick-detach front suspension made it possible to fit in the trunk of a small car
First model with custom bike style ‘tear drop’ fuel tank
Limited edition ‘Gold’ model
‘R’ model with twin tube frame and hydraulic front brake disc
Off-road styled ‘Baja’ model with twin headlights
In colours based on the CB750F ridden to victory in the Daytona 100 by Freddie Spencer
2009 Monkey Ltd
First fuel-injected version, with roller rocker arm and off-set cylinder
New version commemorates 50th anniversary of sales in Japan
Monkey name to return, reborn and ready for life in the 21st century city.