As they say the check's in the mail and they'll deliver it the next time a truck heads to Indy. So why did I buy it? Originally I wanted a CT-125 "Hunter Cub" assuming they come to the U. S. and then talked myself out of that and had decided to buy a Super Cub C-125--at least until the shop manual arrived. Those things are a two wheeled small bore Acura and underneath all that plastic is a very complicated and high tech motorcycle. The CT-125 is almost as complicated and covered with plastic as well.
I found myself repeatedly visiting the Monkey page on the Honda website and thinking to myself that these things were "real" without all the plastic. I love the painted gas tank and I'm really, really tired of plastic covered bikes.
I think I can deal with the F. I. I've been studying this system since I sold my '14 Grom and it's relatively simple. Maybe not carburetor simple but if backyard hacks are hot rodding these bikes with success I think I can deal with it.
Why does it appeal to me? Better get a shrink. I think I'm tired of buying motorcycles with a purpose and just wanted something that was just stupid fun. Once it's in my hands I can ride it, compare it to my fleet of modified step throughs and a '16 KYMCO K-Pipe and see if the Monkey is as much fun as folks say or if I've gotten sucked into a lot of hype.
One thing is for sure--the neighbors will think that the crazy old man (63) down the street has really lost it this time.
I was in the same boat as you. I wanted a monkey since I had a Honda 50cc as a kid in the 1970's. But at the dealership, I just really liked the Grom instead so I bought the 2020 Grom. I haven't been on a bike for 30 years, but I still have my license. I love the Grom b/c I'm in control and it is lots of fun. I plan on upgrading to a full bike in a couple of years and will keep my Grom too.In looking at a lot of groms and one Monkey, I have noticed low mileage and people selling for bigger bikes. I know for certain that a significant number of people are buying mini bikes to learn on.
Regardless, my situation is this: ai am a new rider. I live in a suburban area. Speed limits range from 25-50. I would never think of taking it out on the highway. I have a car as primary transportation. I want a motorcycle ride for fun. There are some nice semi-rural roads nearby but you have to go through a lot of traffic initially to get to them. I’m trying to decide in a Monkey or a 250 or 300, like a TU250 or rebel 300. I live within an hour of the beach/shore. I think that would be an ideal place to ride a Monkey.
We do have some fairly steep roads in the immediate vicinity.
Never having ridden a small or big motorcycle, it’s difficult to think about what it would feel like in different types of traffic scenarios with a mini bike. I think part of it for me, is envisioning being at a red light , surrounded by cars and big trucks and being on a tiny motorcycle. It’s kind of irrational because the seat height isn’t really that low but are you any less visible on a small motorcycle?
What so you think about my situation? Monkey or standard size motorcycle?
I’d been looking at the Grom for a while. Then, I saw the monkey and liked the retro look. However, I am a new rider and I’m wondering if I should spend 4500 on a Monkey or buy something a little bigger. There seems to be a lot of turnover with groms. I have just seen a monkey for sale with about a hundred miles on it. Do people primarily use these as training bikes, then move up? Why did you buy a Monkey and how/where do you use or intend to use it?
Is it your only motorcycle?