Monkey bike lovers, take heart. Even though Honda discontinued the original Z50 model last spring, Big Red has come out with a replacement, and it’s sporting some familiar components.
When Honda brought the Grom to market a few years back, everyone said it was the next great monkey bike—but when CMG rode it, we disagreed, and called it a hooligan bike. But no worries, even though the original Monkey was discontinued in 2017, the replacement is already hitting overseas markets, and it’s powered by the Grom’s engine.
Although we haven’t seen an official name for this machine, the retro design makes it obvious this is the Z50’s replacement.
In this trim, the air-cooled, fuel-injected horizontal single-cylinder engine will make 9.25 hp, supposedly. While the machine doesn’t look a whole lot different from a Grom’s layout, there’s a twin-shock rear suspension, and oddly enough, USD forks (maybe they’re the same as the Grom’s to keep costs down). The new monkey bike will run on 12-inch wheels, with a 775 mm seat height (higher than the Grom) and will have a steel frame and LED lighting all-around.
We’ve seen a 107 kg weight listed, but no word on whether that’s wet weight or dry weight.
One oddity: the new monkey bike will have ABS, thanks to new EU regulations, which probably means an end to some of the hoonery the Grom’s light weight and strong brakes encouraged.
We haven’t seen Canadian confirmation for this machine yet, but it is going into production, so if you want to see it, mention it to your local dealer.