The Evolution of the Honda Monkey Bike

Last week we announced details about the brand new 2018 Monkey Bike, which will be available from Honda Motorcycle Dealers by late summer 2018.

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



2004 Special

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.