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I was the first customer that put money down for a 5 speed 2022 Honda Monkey in April and my dealer never got a single one in this year and I couldn't be happier. I think I'm going to drop by my dealer tomorrow and say I'll happily wait for the 2023 Version now that this Plaid version dropped. Pearl Nebula Red Please!!!!

Back to the color matched frame, forks, swingarm, and rear springs for 2023.
 

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Mmmmm very nice. I had decided to keep my four speed monkey and get a new grom at christmas........now I'm wavering............another monkey?, replace/update monkey? or stick with original plan?............
 

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I got a ‘23 Grom a few months back and justified it thusly : ‘ I‘ll sell my ‘19 Monkey to fund the purchase’. I am so glad I didn’t. These new Monkeys look very cool but I wouldn’t dump my Monkey for one of them either. The original 4 speed power train seems (is) so much more solid than the 5 speed.

Extra unsolicited info: I have almost 1000 miles on the Grom now and the quality of the bike...sucks...compared to the ‘19 Monkey leaving me suspicious of the new Monkey.
 

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The new ones are crying for a set of the Takegawa knee pads. I sure like the color matched gas tank better.
 

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Honda has just quietly announced the 2023 US Spec Monkey offerings on the US website

The new pics show the turn indicators we are accustomed to seeing in the US
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Only the ABS version of the Banana Yellow and Pearl Nebula Red are being offered in the US for 2023

MSRP $4249.00
Destination $200.00
Freight $100.00

A $50.00 rise in MSRP cost over the 2022 model

Interestingly with the gas tanks being offered with the inversions of Silver/White and White/Silver - when colors are referred to it's the frame color acting as the differentiator, not the gas tank on these particular models

I like the Pearl Red frame with white tank model personally as the fork color matches better with the frame color. I think adding color to the tank here would be a little too much over doing it considering the eye-catching seat top being red also. In my opinion the white tank presents nicely as the adorable jewel that it is and draws the eye to the frame color more so here and makes it stand out.

Last ride I took on my 4-speed Pearl Red 19 Monkey I was thinking about knee pads for the gas tank for the 23 and realized my knees weren't coming in contact with the tank. And when I pressed my knees against the tank I realized the pads would have to be too close to the round Honda badge logo and placing them where they would functionally need to be probably wouldn't look so good. So a pass on that idea for me. Naked tank all the way.

 

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I'm all over that Plaid Red. I'm hoping the local dealer will call me back with good news. I now need to put my DRZ SM up for sale.

Chim, what makes the 4 speed better than the 5 speed?
Not a Monkey but I have a 2014 4-speed Grom I put 6000 miles on years ago. Then I bought a 2022 5-speed Grom last year and BAM! ...I realized I was having way more fun racing around with the 5-speed gear box. So much so, I bought 2 more 22 5-speed Groms and modified and dressed them all up differently. I've put on over 16,000 miles between my 3 2022 5-speed Groms as of right now. The 5-speed makes a definitive fun factor difference. No one is going to convince me otherwise. I still ride the 4-speed Grom every blue moon and I will just say, the 5-speed Groms have me rather spoiled at this point.

I like the classy white gas tank on the 5-speed red Monkey, it makes the rest of the bike's frame color and matched red parts ...POP! The plaid red seat top is just icing on the cake.

My 4-speed Monkey will not be happy when I get my hands on the 5-speed Monkey model. :ROFLMAO:
 

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I was the first customer that put money down for a 5 speed 2022 Honda Monkey in April and my dealer never got a single one in this year and I couldn't be happier. I think I'm going to drop by my dealer tomorrow and say I'll happily wait for the 2023 Version now that this Plaid version dropped. Pearl Nebula Red Please!!!!

Back to the color matched frame, forks, swingarm, and rear springs for 2023.
If the 2022's were hard to find, I'm thinking the Red 2023 will be that much harder. I called 5 to 6 dealers around the country with no luck. They all took my name and number.
What's the best way to grab up one of these?
 

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Probably the best way is a deposit on a not-to-long list. Make sure to get a detailed list of the fees. They can quickly raise the price of the bike 20-30% on a Monkey!

If the 2022's were hard to find, I'm thinking the Red 2023 will be that much harder. I called 5 to 6 dealers around the country with no luck. They all took my name and number.
What's the best way to grab up one of these?
 

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If the 2022's were hard to find, I'm thinking the Red 2023 will be that much harder. I called 5 to 6 dealers around the country with no luck. They all took my name and number.
What's the best way to grab up one of these?
I always put down a $100.00 with a few dealers the moment a model I want leaks. I did that with the Dax and I don't even know when that model is going to be offered in the US, if ever. That puts me first on the list when the dealer eventually gets one.

It's easy to get the 100 back if I change my mind or go in a different direction because it's a small amount.

No dealer has ever refused my deposit. It's a strategy that has worked for me with the Trail and my 22 Groms. No luck so far on the 5-speed monkey though. That model is like a Unicorn.
 

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A very short live glimpse of the 2023 Red Plaid Monkey at EICMA 2022 along with the ST125 Dax at the Mini Moto area

This is the only video I've run across showing the new 2023 Monkey. Through out the video this English speaking fellow shares the sheer immensity of the Honda space at the show with a very quick run through with everything Honda brought. Oddly, the Trail 125 seems to be missing from the Mini Moto offerings

 
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