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Monkey on your back (porch) – Honda’s Classic Minibike Returns to the U.S. Market

Posted June 19, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Once a preferred platform for those learning to ride a motorcycle, Honda’s Z50A “monkey bike” hasn’t been offered to U.S. consumers since 1979, when the model was replaced by the off-road-only Z50R. That changes in October, as Honda recently announced its aptly named 2019 Monkey will be sold through U.S. dealers, and available with or without anti-lock brakes.

Named for the way a fullsize rider looks astride a half-scale bike, Honda’s original 49cc Z100 monkey bike debuted in 1961 at the company’s Tama Tech amusement park in Tokyo, Japan. Part of an attraction meant to demonstrate the joy of riding to park visitors, the bikes proved popular enough that Honda put them into production in 1964 as the CZ100, sold in Asian and European markets (though Canada received the Z50M monkey bike shortly after). In 1968, the Z50A debuted in the United States, quickly gaining popularity for its affordability and ease of operation – especially among young riders new to the sport.

OK, I'm in. Who's next in line for Honda's next-gen minibike?

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06/19/2018 10:48 AM

At $4000, I don't think it will get a lot of buyers here. It is pretty similar to the original though. Here is the one all my grandkids are learning on. It is just like the one I learned on about 50 years ago. This one is a 1970.

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06/20/2018 9:42 AM

4 grand for a kids toy. hmmm

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06/21/2018 2:55 PM

Four grand without ABS while the Super Cub with ABS comes in at 10% less. The tiny size of a Monkey may double as a trail bike and thus anything resembling a fairing is seen as impractical. I see the Super Cub as a scooter equivalent commuter vehicle. FLCL?

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