Surprise new mini-bike from Honda

Monkey for the 21st century on sale this spring

Posted: 9 January 2013
by Visordown News

Honda MSX125

HONDA has just released pictures and the first details of its new MSX125 – a bike that takes on the idea of the original Monkey and updates it for a new generation. 

In an era when most learner-legal 125s are worthy-but-dull, the MSX125 could be a revelation. OK, it's too small to be a practical bike over any sort of distance, sporting wheels just 12 inches in diameter, but as a city-bound alternative to a scooter it could be just the solution to kids looking to get on two wheels for the first time.

Just like the Monkey and Dax that preceded it, the MSX gets a variation on Honda's classic C90-style engine, air-cooled and with a near-horizontal cylinder. But here there's fuel injection and a proper clutch and gearbox – albeit only a four-speeder. 

That old-school motor contrasts with kit including upside-down forks and a singe-shock rear suspension, while the small wheels emphasise the width of the tyres both front and rear.

We expect it to be in UK dealers at the end of April with a price similar to a CBF125: £2,500.

If you want to see a video of the bike to get an idea of its size, click here


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wonderful to see Honda getting back to some basic biking!

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 12:57

Will put the Suzuki vanvan in its grave. But stiff competition from KTM.

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 13:44

Nice to see excitement in the 125s though the 12 inchers make it look more Honda Cub than a full-fledged bike- in lines with how manufacturers have been treating this segment historically. The KTM and the Yamaha R125 are better deals as they look and feel like bigger bikes. This one great for kids though- from parts to features.

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 14:36

I'm a "healthy" American 16 stones and I would ride the shit out of that bike. In the least I'm hoping they bring it into Canada. I'd be willing to take a 20 hour drive to try and sneak one back into the US.

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 20:45

i am a fat 16 english stones, yet if i wasnt already building an expensive custom monkey already i will have one of these in a heartbeat, if you look at msxthai.com check out there creations of it already, so much bling and tuning options it will give my tuned husqvarna nuda 900 a run for its money in the fun stakes!

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 23:57

It's a great fun bike.
Looking forward to getting one

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 02:56

Love the looks of it but at 6ft and going on 16 stone I think it would be a bit small for me. Now if Honda were to reserect the the old 500XBR engine and slot it into a slightly bigger fraim and bung on some 16inch wheels and keeping to the same design fetures as the tiddler I would deffo buy one.

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 09:14

Plucky, possible spunky.

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 11:32

I think that'd be a great bike for city commuting.

And I love that video (at 1:25) showing the guy sneaking past the cops in a closed alley. Awesome!

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 15:22

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