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35 here. I’ve been riding a Ruckus for the last few years to commute to work. I recently moved to a new spot that has higher speed limits and needed a little more power, so I sold the scooter and got the Monkey. I’ve never wanted a full sized motorcycle and this thing gets talked about constantly at work and gets more looks than the Ruckus did. Better gas mileage, too. I mostly drive about 35-40mph and calculated 144mpg on the first tank! Love this thing.
 

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Almost 50, riding for 40 years (wow that sounds like a lot of years). Started on a Honda 50. Currently have a KTM 1290, HD Ultra, Husky dual purpose, CT90 and the Monkey. Yeah the Monkey gets ridden the most. Someone asks me about it almost every time I ride it.
 

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Heading toward 66, life long motorcyclist. I currently have a Triumph 675R, Yamaha MT-07, Kawasaki KLX, my Bultaco 125 Pursang and of course now a Monkey. I am badly wanting a Thruxton but then I keep thinking I really want another Ducati, maybe the new Scramblers or then there is the siren song of the Gixxer 600.
 

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35 here. I’ve been riding a Ruckus for the last few years to commute to work. I recently moved to a new spot that has higher speed limits and needed a little more power, so I sold the scooter and got the Monkey. I’ve never wanted a full sized motorcycle and this thing gets talked about constantly at work and gets more looks than the Ruckus did. Better gas mileage, too. I mostly drive about 35-40mph and calculated 144mpg on the first tank! Love this thing.
While I have a Grom, I also enjoyed riding a Ruckus for 4 years...

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...and appreciate a relatively faster bike with its better gas mileage. :) My mileage is similar to yours as I ride for daily transportation mostly on rural canyon roads.
 

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62 here, have been riding since 1971 (48 years? is that possible???), and just bought a red 2019 ABS weekend before last. Have ridden everything from a 1965 Suzuki 80 Hillbilly to a 153hp 2005 Yamaha FZ-1, mostly sportbikes since the mid-eighties, but also as varied as Ducati 900SS, Triumph Bonneville, and Yamaha Turbo. I've typically had 3-4 bikes at any given time, but am now down to the Monkey and a 1980 Yamaha XT250 which is more of a non-ridden collector's item (and currently for sale). Due to some health issues, yet still wanting to take an occasional putt around town, I decided to pick up the Monkey, being light, with a low center of gravity. Even with adjusting to the tiny bit of horsepower, it seems the perfect bike for what I want right now, especially since I really wanted one of these when I was a kid, and never got one!
 

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62 here, have been riding since 1971 (48 years? is that possible???), and just bought a red 2019 ABS weekend before last. Have ridden everything from a 1965 Suzuki 80 Hillbilly to a 153hp 2005 Yamaha FZ-1, mostly sportbikes since the mid-eighties, but also as varied as Ducati 900SS, Triumph Bonneville, and Yamaha Turbo. I've typically had 3-4 bikes at any given time, but am now down to the Monkey and a 1980 Yamaha XT250 which is more of a non-ridden collector's item (and currently for sale). Due to some health issues, yet still wanting to take an occasional putt around town, I decided to pick up the Monkey, being light, with a low center of gravity. Even with adjusting to the tiny bit of horsepower, it seems the perfect bike for what I want right now, especially since I really wanted one of these when I was a kid, and never got one!
So nice to hear about your passion and enjoment of the little monkey. Hope more good people like yourself feel the same way and purchase one also. Thanks for sharing
 

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51, riding for +40 years. Live in Mordor (aka Caracas - Venezuela). I ride in some time of my life more that 30 different bikes, from classics to Racing Japanese.
The Monkey is the final (maybe?) in my garage, accompanying a 2005 Ducati Monster S2R (with multistrada 1000 engine, and other toys), a 2007 Triumph Scrambler, a 1976 Moto Guzzi Hidroconvert 1000, a 2009 HD Nighster and a 2007 Piaggio MP3 (the daily rider, has a huge trunk).
 

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Always knew Ii was dinasaur material. 68 revolutions round the sun. 1st stated riding a neighbors home bilt mini.. Straight piece of pipe for the handle bars and a push pul controller off a lawn mower for the throttle, and a piece of metal that rubbbed on the rear tire for the rear brake..Soles of you shoes were the othes brakes. Ridden in 5 foreign countries: Mexico, Canada, England, France, Germany. My old XV 920 Yamaha was the largest ridden and 3 hp Briggs and Sratton the smallest
 

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Like ikeus685; I also started riding and having fun on a mini bike. I still have it... and various other motorcycles, as well.

Age: 63
Height: 5'-7"
Weight: 145

Speaking for myself; having over 50 years of motorcycle experience does not make an expert rider.

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I’m in my 60’s and been riding since 1969. Back then my neighbor had a PC50 we drove everywhere. In 1971 I bought a new CB175. I’ve owned several bikes over the years. Currently have a few ranging from a 2018 Goldwing to a 1977 CT70. The 2019 Monkey brings back great memories. Looking forward to warmer weather!
 

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32yrs old, been riding since 2003.
Have had monkey copies (8) over the years, as well as a Honda chaly jap import from 70's with a TJR Honda nice 143+r motor in it.

Needed a new work bike that was good on the fuel, so got the new monkey, put the shadow away for a winter rebuild and just ride the monkey now.
 

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46 years old.
Been road riding 21 years.
Started of on Motocross in my youth.
Have owned over 80 bikes from honda C70 to hayabusa.
Been into monkey bikes about 12 years.
Started with a z50r for my son, which I found out you could road ride.
Have had many monkeys, mainly copies from 50cc to Tb184cc.
Now ride a Yamaha xt660z, z50jz-1(140cc),cf70 chaly low rider and a Grom.
 

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53, riding for 48 years. Crestview, FL - about 30-40 min east of Pensacola. Bought a 2020 red with ABS. Idea is to teach my daughter to ride in our back yard so thought ABS was a good idea. Other skoots: '17 KTM 1290 Super Adventure /R, '14 KTM 690 Enduro /R, '19 HD Sportster Iron 1200, '75 Yamaha Enduro 250. Monkey gets more of my time than any of them right now.
 

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Westchester County. 50 years old. Riding 3 months after a 30 year lay off. Mid life crisis? Maybe. But I’m having way too much fun on the backroads and up the Hudson. Did a 7 hour trip to the Catskills which was a little much. Love everything about the Monkey. Cheers!
 

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Midlife crisis?

Fortunately, I've got that behind me. I don't care what people say. At the latest at the gas station, I'll be the winner.
54 years old, I come from a Honda CY80 that is even smaller and more fun
 

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Born in late ‘58, started riding on a Kawasaki Coyote in early ‘69, so 51 years in the saddle. Many rides along the way...some standouts were a Steen 100, Trail 70, Elsinore, CB350, Triumph Thunderbird, Yamaha AS2125, RT1 360. If it has a motor, two wheels, and is/looks reasonably vintage I’m in. I loved the Monkey when it debuted in ‘19 but garage was fully occupied with my AS2 and RT1 so didn’t scratch the itch until last week-after selling both, bought a ‘21 Blue Monkey, loving it.
Reading this thread I realize I’m in good company....median age looks to be mid-50’s, nobody under 30’s has chimed in yet....obviously the Monkey touches a nerve for us who remember the originals! AF910E3D-6CBA-4DFD-AE5B-8AF0CCD57CC7.jpeg CB4AF3CF-FEC4-40F1-907D-FA88DAA67A93.jpeg 7BD239DB-ECD7-4E3F-8E34-620790623788.jpeg
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49 yo...riding most of my life. Also own a 2018 Suzuki Vstrom 650 XT. Had a Grom and sold it to get the Vstrom. Vstrom is great but really missed the Mini bike action.
Recently picked up the blue 2021, and man, it's great to be back in the Mini bike gang. of course Mods going on bike; Led Turn signals, all in one brake light, foot pegs, exhaust, seat frame plugs/screws, steel braided brake lines, shift shaft support and shifter...ahhhh, really love these lil buggers...never gonna sell this one....cheers and ride safe !!
 

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48 here- First bike i ever rode was a Green Honda Z50 - Hooked ever since. Monkey seems to make me smile much like that old Z50. All that is missing is the kickstarter.....
 

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Almost 64, riding for 49 years. I got fed up with big, heavy motorcycles and after building a Lifan 125 powered Honda Passport started riding small bores exclusively. Currently there's the original '80 Passport, a '65 CT-200 "Trail 90" (also Lifan powered), a KYMCO K-Pipe and the Monkey in my stable. The "big bikes" have been relegated to places in the back of the garage.

What originally got me into small bores was a stupid expensive XR-50 with a BBR aluminum frame and all the goodies. While playing with the fiddy I spent a lot of time on eBay looking for stuff, came across the Passport with a starting price of .99 and took a stab at it. No one else bid on it and it was mine!! Gas was $4 a gallon at that point so it cost me $80 to go to Illinois to pick it up. Originally built as a runabout to tote with the RV one Sunday on a lark I rode it to southern Indiana for lunch and had a ball. Road trips followed and it's been to the Smokies as well as weekend trips to Mammoth Cave and Chicago to see the Allman Brothers in 2013, among others.

I don't miss the "real" motorcycles at all. Going to small bores really pissed off my riding buddies but I figure if they're so shallow as to be upset for my choice of bikes they weren't really friends, anyway.:p
 
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