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Hi All,
New member here from Washington DC Metro - Northern Virginia :)

I am 41 who just got his motorcycle license and looking forward to purchasing the 2020 Honda Monkey ABS.

Since this is going to be my very first motorcycle, would really appreciate if you all can provide your expert feedback regarding:
- Pros/Cons of this motorcycle
- Which dealer to buy from in Washington DC Metro along with any possible discounts
- Any current owners from Washington DC Metro area

Thanks again!
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Pros it is really slow, cons it is really slow.

Pros, it is really small, cons it is really small.

Pros, it is a motorcycle, cons, some people might consider it a scooter.

More pros, it gets good gas mileage, people smile, it is a Monkey!

Cons, there seems to be a never ending list of modifications and accessories available for it.

Biggest con, my wife wants to ride it and she does not like motorcycles :(.
 

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Pros it is really slow, cons it is really slow.

Pros, it is really small, cons it is really small.

Pros, it is a motorcycle, cons, some people might consider it a scooter.

More pros, it gets good gas mileage, people smile, it is a Monkey!

Cons, there seems to be a never ending list of modifications and accessories available for it.

Biggest con, my wife wants to ride it and she does not like motorcycles :(.
LOL...Funny!

I heard some say it goes upto 65 sometimes 75 miles/hr... which i think is good for a new biker like me :)
 

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LOL...Funny!

I heard some say it goes upto 65 sometimes 75 miles/hr... which i think is good for a new biker like me <img src="http://www.hondagrom.net/forums/images/smilies/smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I’m not sure about that 65 mph — best I’ve been able to do is 55, and I weigh 175 lbs. though I haven’t tried a full crouch yet, but I think it would need a bit of downhill and a good tailwind to hit 65. I just stay off the highway, and I’m happy as a clam.

I’ve been riding for over 30 years, and it’s the most fun bike I’ve ever owned. I think it’s a great first bike too, because it’s so small and light, it’s very easy (and FUN) to get around. And it’s slow enough that you’ll have a very hard time getting into trouble. You may find you’ll want to keep it well after you’ve outgrown your need for a starter bike.
 

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No wind and flat road I can do 58 - 62 without having to be wot. But I am around 130 lbs or so. I do pick and choose what roads I am on.

This bike is a blast to ride.
 

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I'd hold out for a 19 left over or a low mileage used one you'll probably get a better deal. As far as CONS I've yet to find one.
 

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Pros: It's perhaps the most agile motorcycle once can buy.
Cons: It's agile because it's small and small means cars are less likely to see you, so ride defensively and proactively.

Pros: It's not relatively expensive (for a brand new, street legal motorcycle)
Cons: You'll likely spend a lot of mods to compensate

Pros: It's a 1 seater
Cons: It's a 1 seater

Pros: It's made by Honda
Cons: You'll want to travel to Ueno, Japan to buy a bunch of mods to make it less "Honda"

Pros: Doubt you see many in NVA area
Cons: Easy to steal, so lock it down if parked outside or unattended for extended periods (1 strong person can pick it up and put it int he back of a pickup truck flat on a mattress)... I've seen sportbikes stolen this way in that area, takes literally 15 seconds and no more bikey
Pros: get it replaced with insurance

Pros: fuel efficient as hell
Cons: you'll need to refill twice as often as most cars given the same distance traveled, since the tank is so small (the refill will cost 1/10-1/20th of a car though = Pro)
 

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You’ll be fine. Get the Monkey and enjoy riding slow.

I’ve been riding for decades so there are no cons for me. I’m long past reaching for the next best thing in power and handling. My first bike was an 883 Sportster so there was the ‘full sized’ bike experience right out of the gate. I don’t believe you’re gonna get that when starting out on a 125. Yes, it will be hard for you to get into trouble on it. You will also outgrow it quickly. When you do get a full size bike you’ll need to adjust the ‘gear selection per road condition’ choices that you’ve become accustomed to on the Monkey.

Also, Part of the fun of the Monkey is that you are limited as to the roads you can take it on. As a new rider you’ll lack the context needed to see this for the blast that it is since you haven’t experienced the awesome freedom that is riding a motorcycle to any destination on any road you want.

The up side is that if/when you do get a big bike you’ll open up a new level of motorcycling joy and freedom you’ve yet to imagine.
 

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Yeah ..love Banana Yellow :)

Also, does it come with any user manual ? or the dealer forgot to give me?
Is there something i can get as an accessories to carry registration and manuals while riding?

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Yeah ..love Banana Yellow <img src="http://www.hondagrom.net/forums/images/smilies/smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

Also, does it come with any user manual ? or the dealer forgot to give me?
Is there something i can get as an accessories to carry registration and manuals while riding?

Thanks
Look behind the panel which says monkey on it your tool kit and manual should be in there. Also I got one of these https://www.amazon.com/Samsill-Registration-Insurance-Organizer-Accessories/dp/B07VBJR5SX/ref=asc_df_B07VBJR5SX/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366306812343&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8214291423388449379&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007295&hvtargid=pla-803875046842&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=75066162454&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366306812343&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8214291423388449379&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007295&hvtargid=pla-803875046842 for the registration and insurance card and used Velcro to the back of it and attached it to the tool kit.
 

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Yeah, the owners manual should be behind the " MONKEY " panel. The dealership actually didn't know it was there and gave me another so I ended up with two.
 

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Thanks for everyone’s input .. I did it this eve :)!!!
Well now, here's someone who understands the outstanding beauty and desirability of Banana Yellow!
You have made an excellent choice in motorcycle and color.
The door to true happiness is now open.

Pro - People will want to talk to you at lights.
Con - People will want to talk to you at lights.

Pro - You will smile the whole time you're riding.
Con - You will suffer from smile cramps.

Pro - Your bike will get more attention than expensive bikes.
Con - The expensive bike people will hate you.

Pro - You will love your Monkey with all your heart.
Con - You will waste money on every mod you can find.
 
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