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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.
Thats Funny you say about expensive bike people hating me...actually couple of my friends with bikes costing $15k range, already hate that i got this...they say it is for kids and teens...not for adults like me....not sure if they really mean what they say or they ARE really JEALOUS ..LOL :)
 

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Cons with the abs system is that it adds a lot of complexity to an otherwise basic frame design.


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ABS is always nice to have but i really wanted in Banana Yellow which doesnt come with ABS and.... Given the engine size and weight of this monkey, not sure ABS is going to make a whole lot of difference...again my perspective and i could be wrong..who knows :) !!
 

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ABS is always nice to have but i really wanted in Banana Yellow which doesnt come with ABS and.... Given the engine size and weight of this monkey, not sure ABS is going to make a whole lot of difference...again my perspective and i could be wrong..who knows :) !!
Australia only got the abs which is good for 99% of people but is a pain in the ass when trying to modify.


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Not sure about the ABS either on this particular motorcycle. I am sold on ABS on everything else but a 125cc? Probably not.

ABS is a godsend. I do like it to be selectable as on my Triumph but it is a butt saver for sure. My Yamaha MT-07, the ABS probably saved me a dismount the other day. It works and no argument but I did not want it on my Monkey. On the Monkey I think it is a front wheel only and if I am only going to have it on one wheel, I would prefer the skid prone rear.
 

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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.
Thats Funny you say about expensive bike people hating me...actually couple of my friends with bikes costing $15k range, already hate that i got this...they say it is for kids and teens...not for adults like me....not sure if they really mean what they say or they ARE really JEALOUS ..LOL <img src="http://www.hondagrom.net/forums/images/smilies/smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Haters gonna hate!
 

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Well, a friend of mine, who I used to ride with quite a bit when I had big bikes, and who now rides a high-end Italian power cruiser (Ducati X-Diavel), who I fully expected to crack a rude joke about the ‘toy bike’, or something of that nature. I know he felt bad when I sold the Valkyrie earlier this year, because that meant no more Saturday rides. His response to the Monkey? “That is so cool.”

I do kind of almost miss having something I can take on the highway for longer rides; but on the other hand, my aging bones can’t handle those longer rides like they used to, which is why I was without a bike for three of the best riding months of the season, and why it was the Monkey that broke that drought. I’m happy with my choice, which is really all that matters, but it’s also good to know my wise-ass buddy is happy for me, too.
 

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Well, a friend of mine, who I used to ride with quite a bit when I had big bikes, and who now rides a high-end Italian power cruiser (Ducati X-Diavel), who I fully expected to crack a rude joke about the ‘toy bike’, or something of that nature. I know he felt bad when I sold the Valkyrie earlier this year, because that meant no more Saturday rides. His response to the Monkey? “That is so cool.”

I do kind of almost miss having something I can take on the highway for longer rides; but on the other hand, my aging bones can’t handle those longer rides like they used to, which is why I was without a bike for three of the best riding months of the season, and why it was the Monkey that broke that drought. I’m happy with my choice, which is really all that matters, but it’s also good to know my wise-ass buddy is happy for me, too.
You need to talk your mate into getting a monkey. If he’s into high end bikes a monkey would be an easy financial choice. You can then still have your Saturday rides.


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Having both a Triumph Scrambler XE and the Monkey, one of my main reasons for getting the Monkey is to try and focus my "need to mod" on the Monkey rather than the much more expensive XE. It's not fool proof, but I've definitely filled my needs for exhaust, intake, and everything else with the Monkey.
 

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Hi Loki,
‘I’ve just got a 2019 Monkey after countless big bikes and it has been a blast.

pros...

Cant stop smiling when riding it.
It is nimble, it doesn’t take long to get up to 50mph which is ideal for the roads near me.
It is light, I can literally pick up the back end in the garage to stow it away.
It is efficient.
I like the fact that is alarmed (it won’t stop people taking it but it will probably put them off)
It takes me back to my youth. I had a Monkey in the Early Eighties. You can tuck in to squeeze an extra mph (I’ve had 71 down a hill and 69 on a motorway behind a truck- although I wouldn’t recommend this...
Finally, it is gorgeous.

Cons
The stock exhaust is too quiet when cutting through traffic (loud pipes save lives) consider a Yoshimura.
It could do with being a few miles per hour quicker at top speed, though we always want more.
It should have come with a rear rack. Honda want £150 for theirs, Takagawa do one for £120.

All in all I would have to say go for it, you won’t regret it. It is the kind of bike that you would probably keep if if you bought a more powerful one later on, as it takes up so little room and is a modern classic.

Cheers Dean
 

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ABS can be good, but some consider it as not good for new drivers. As it is/was important to learn braking with mainly front brakes and get feeling of it's limits.
Mind you ny first bike was (compared to other 500cc+ bikes) a rather small one. And in one occasion (after years of driving), I actually skidmarked, next to a hidden speed camera. Marking the road with my FRONT tyre! That was a scary experience.
But in my opinion. ABS will soon become like a right car mirror, so just standard. So likely a future bike would also have ABS.
I have just bought a second bike, MSX125, for local transport. And future "PitBike" when camping or work related travelling.
The Monkey is just a very economic and 'classic' bike which will hardly cost you anything during the years of use. And probably keep a good value as well. So if you at some time to decide to go for a bigger bike, I am sure you will consider keeping the Monkey. As it is just indestructible and reliable.
It would have been my first choice too. But with a 7 year old son. I chose the MSX as it carries 2 persons.
 
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