Honda is a big man in the motorcycle segment in Vietnam with nearly 80% market share. Often, strong for rice, for money, and best sellers by default have the right to decide the fate of the products they sell. SH team still has a price of tens of millions of millions of people to buy, even queue up to ask for tires.
Well, swaying in an obscure car made me ramble. But no, the strong know how to sell a car “idle”. After all, Monkey cannot sell as well as Vision and Lead, nor as luxurious as SH, so it values itself at an unexpected level: 85 million – equal to SH, for those who are really “bloody” with Monkey is able to pat his chest and take pride in his fortune.
“Look, let’s go Honda Monkey!”. See, strange and still expensive, to humans.
Distinct but practical enough Honda style
With cars like the Honda Monkey, it’s probably redundant if I talk too much about the specs, things like power output or speed. The stimulant that helps the owner excitedly steer the wheel, sometimes playing around with the beautiful new machine is the most important thing.
To the new generation, Honda Monkey still retains many design lines from the first version but has improved technology. The Monkey’s seat height is not low at 765mm – that is, even higher than the Honda SH Mode saddle. However, with the small wheels and small frame, the Honda Monkey makes the occupant look “clamorous” when driving.
Don’t need too much, the fun on Honda Monkey is enough …
Of course, whatever you say, spend 85 million, the buyer still has to get a machine like that, at least in terms of finishing and aesthetics, not just buying the Honda logo imported from Thailand. From welds, paint to removable turn signals are very solid, there is no loose phenomenon like on many other models, or even the models that Honda has assembled domestically.
Although the car still has a classic look, still has the same design features as the first generation, but it contains trendy technology. For example, the entire front / rear lights or turn signals are LED bulbs, giving a white light and better and more beautiful. Or as the clock cluster still has an ancient round design, but it is all electronic. Even the way this watch greets its owner after a keystroke operation also makes the rider feel more excited.
On weekends, going for a light ride in the suburbs or a cafe with friends and then building the car on the side of the road, looking over to chat “Look at my car”, the lesson ends!
Next, even though it is a small car, the Honda Monkey is also equipped with reverse-travel fork in front, double forks at the back. Honda is even more personality when creating the same color as the body of the fork. In addition, the bread saddle, even though it can only seat 1 person, is designed to be large and thick, ensuring smoothness than any motorbike that is being distributed by Honda Vietnam.
Running is fun in the city
If anyone thought the Monkey was just a small car, it would be just a little more fun compared to normal cars on the street, then completely wrong.
It is cold.
It was fun.
And it’s weird.
Passing all the traffic on the road, I dashed the small car through the stream of people who were still tired from the car smoke. Saying that, the car can not go more than 40-50km / h, but sitting alone in a small car, I find myself many times more free than the obstacles around. When walking in the street, Monkey showed his agility. Theoretically a bit, the Honda Monkey is equipped with a 4-speed gearbox, relatively short distances, with normal operation, you will use all 4 numbers in the speed range of 60-70km / h.
And yet, the smooth feeling that Monkey brings is hardly a popular car in the same price range that can provide an equivalent experience. From good forks, bread saddle to thick tires all contribute to this experience.
Next is the straight-back sitting posture, the operator’s legs easily touch the road surface, the knees are bent at a moderate level. Therefore, outsiders can see that Monkey runners look a bit “clamorous” but indeed, driving the Monkey gives me a distinctly comfortable feeling compared to larger models. And with the summer weather at its peak in the capital, fortunately I can hardly feel the heat radiating from the engine like the large displacement models I often experience.
Of course, Honda Monkey is a minibike so the speed factor will not be emphasized. And indeed, when going to the long road, Monkey clearly showed his lack of speed when he needed to continue from about 50km / h. At the same time, with light weight, Monkey makes the rider feel a little “flying” when through each turn. But in return, the clutch and the light gear make the operator feel completely comfortable every time in the street.
There are still minus points
Although the Honda Monkey has many commendable points, there is no perfect car. Therefore, at the price of 85 million VND, the Monkey has not equipped with anti-lock braking system ABS will be the first minus point. , Honda SH125 ABS as well as Honda SH Mode high version all have these equipment.
Removing the gauze, the brakes on the Monkey provide some relief. Brakes use 2 pistons, unlike Honda Lead, AirBlade or SH Mode (only equipped with 1 piston).
The next point, the electronic clock cluster, although very modern, is quite difficult to see when walking in the sun because of the glare phenomenon. The chromium around the watch sometimes dazzles the operator. And yet, the clock cluster above also does not display the number or revs – essential information for a new driver.
Finally, the lack of a plow and exposing the engine monolith will also easily make the part get dirty every time it goes into rain or mud. In return, with a 160mm ground clearance, Honda Monkey easily overcomes rough roads or easily goes to the sidewalk.
So unique, Honda Monkey’s customers are not “ordinary people”. Honda’s monkey personality will be more suitable for rich young people who do not have many problems in life. It will be an option in the entire collection of a player, a rich kid to sometimes bring fun with them or simply: Beautiful so just for watching.
Some pictures of Honda Monkey 125cc: