• HONDA MONKEY 125
  • LED lights and digital instrumentation
  • 12-inch aluminum wheels run with a 10-spoke design
  • HONDA GROM
  • 10-spoke, cast rims capped by 12-inch hoops
  • four-speed, manual transmixxer, and chain drive
  • BENELLI TNT 135
  • twin-exhaust outlet
  • dual-tone saddle and shoddy 12″ alloy wheels
  • KYMCO K-PIPE 125
  • Conventional forks float the front end
  • twin-pot caliper pinches the single 276 mm front disc
  • SSR MOTORSPORTS RAZKULL 125
  • 125 cc, air-cooled thumper claimed 8.04 horsepower
  • over-under headlamp can
  • KYMCO SPADE 150
  • hidden convenience trunk
  • round headlight , cafe-racer saddle
  • KAWASAKI Z125 PRO
  • single, air-cooled, thumper engine through the SOHC, two-valve head gives 6.5 pounds of grunt, 8.5 hp
  • KRT Edition comes in the Lime Green and Ebony colorway

Big rewards come in small packages

Constructed mainly to please the young and new riders looking for some fun and entertainment, Pocket / Monkey bikes piece of machinery. It is quite literally the most accessible motorcycles to ride with advanced suspension, a strong steel frame, alloy wheels with disc brakes, grippy, all-weather tires and racy, naked-bike styling that will have you grinning all day long.

This is our list of the top seven pocket bikes on sale in 2018 designed in a class and style of a mini motorcycle. Originally designed to help introduce children as young as 8 to the world of motocross, these mini motorcycles have gained their fair share of adult fans too. Pocket bikes provide high-octane, adrenaline-fueled fun in a smaller, safer package.

Honda Monkey 125

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HONDA MONKEY 125

Keeping up with the trend, the new Monkey 125 adopts features like the LED lights and digital instrumentation in a hope to keep the appeal alive and fresh. After what we thought of the-would be final-limited run of Monkey 50th Anniversary Special white and red model, this news of the 2018 model kindles all kinds of emotions attached to this iconic motorcycle.

Graphic digital meters further enhances new enjoyments the Monkey 125 is expected to provide. Mashing advanced technologies with traditional Monkey styling, Honda has not forgotten to look back at their past to go forward. The uniquely short and tall Monkey’s stance, its exaggerated styling with the use of wadding sheets. Additionally, Honda has also let the exhaust runs along underneath the seat with a steel heat-shield, while steel fenders are also featured for that retro big bike finish.

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LED lights and digital instrumentation

Mechanically, the Monkey 125 sees major updates with its new 125cc heart that has been borrowed from the current Honda monkey favorite, the Grom. The 52.4 mm bore and 57.9 mm stroke actually add up to 124.8 cc with a relatively low, 9.3-to-1 compression ratio. A four-speed, manual transmixxer, and chain drive make the final connection to the rear wheel with an honest-to-goodness clutch — none of the automatic-shifting, CVT units associated with scooters to be found here.

Front inverted suspension, front and rear disc brakes with ABS checks up with the modern requisites. The front end floats on a pair of USD forks that deliver 3.93 inches of travel with dual, coil-over rear shocks that give up 4.09 inches of travel, measured at the axle. The 12-inch aluminum wheels run with a 10-spoke design rather than the old drilled-solid hubs with a 120/80 and 130/80 hoop on the front and rear, respectively.

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12-inch aluminum wheels run with a 10-spoke design

These road-rubbers sport deep grooves and generous street flats for decent dual-purpose functionality, and will perform particularly well on soft surfaces. MSRP has been set at $3,999 and will come with Banana Yellow/Ross White, Pearl Nebula Red/Ross White, Pearl Shining Black/Ross White color options.

Benelli TNT 135

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BENELLI TNT 135

The first Benelli coming to the USA from the new importer – Benelli USA is the TNT 135 monkey bike that made its appearance on our streets a few years ago, which was later discontinued. Now, it is coming back to snatch the throne from the Groms’ and the Z125s’. Heavy styling cues are picked up from its elder sibling, the TNT-25 and contoured it into a modern and youthful looking monkey bike.

It sports an aggressive naked sports outlook with sharp and chiseled lines running all across the motorcycle. The bikini fairings and the tank shrouds integrate well together with the tank, and the body simply flows into the rear segment. It boasts a dual-tone saddle and shoddy 12″ alloy wheels that make this a proper Monkey squad. The cynosure of all is the twin-exhaust outlet that jet right below the pillion seat screaming of Italian flair. The front will sport dual headlamp units – halogen and a strip of projectors which look fresh and a little too much if you ask me.

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twin-exhaust outlet

The motorcycle approves the old adage “Size Isn’t Everything” in literal terms. A raunchy 4-valve, oil cooled, 135 cc SOHC, single cylinder motor spins under the belly. It punches a healthy 13 bhp at 9000 rpm and peaks the torque graph at 8.11 lb-ft at 7000 rpm. It cranks all this power to the rear through a five-speed transmission.

Super strong lattice frame holds the bike like its larger brothers in the Benelli line-up. Suspension duties are handled by USD beefy 41 mm forks at the front, and 50 mm rear lateral shock attached to the rear swing with spring pre-load adjustment. ABS gives a miss or could be optional, we hope. Both wheels get disc braking units with 220 mm and 2 pistons caliper at the front and a single disc 190 mm with a single-piston caliper at the rear. Aluminum 12” alloys carry fat, sticky tires that ensure the tiny TNT to handle the roads like a pro.

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dual-tone saddle and shoddy 12″ alloy wheels

Although no official announcements have been made regarding the price and availability, we are speculating Benelli to price the 135 between $2,000 and $2,500. You can get the TNT in White, Black and Red color pallets with the exposed red frame. This is a bargain compared to the $3,199 price tag of the Honda Grom and $2,999 for Kawasaki Z125.

Honda Grom

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HONDA GROM

Honda sort of created a niche for itself with the original Grom in 2014 when it combined big-bike features with scooter-like proportions. Since then, Honda’s worthy competitors have been scrambling to catch up.

That being said, Honda has dressed up their little Grom in 2017, giving it more aggressive styling and a new LED headlight that was carried over to 2018. Twelve-inch tires, while still small for a motorcycle, are a lot bigger than the Z-series tires and a 30-inch seat sits anyone without hinderances.

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four-speed, manual transmixxer, and chain drive

Honda stuffed a reliable little thumper into the Grom. Officially billed as a 125, the 52.4 mm bore and 57.9 mm stroke actually adds up to 124.8 cc with a relatively low, 9.3-to-1 compression ratio. A four-speed, manual transmixxer, and chain drive make the final connection to the rear wheel with an honest-to-goodness clutch — none of the automatic-shifting, CVT units associated with scooters to be found here.

Unlike the original monkey bikes, the Grom rolls on 10-spoke, cast rims capped by 12-inch hoops with a 120/70 profile up front and a 130/70 in the back. At 229 pounds wet, there really isn’t much energy here to keep under control, but bless Honda for shunning the drum brakes in favor of hydraulic discs. A twin-pot caliper binds a 220 mm front disc, with a single-pot caliper to pinch the 190 mm rear. No ABS or linked-brake system, just straight-up, honest brakes.

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10-spoke, cast rims capped by 12-inch hoops

MSRP on the 2019 Grom is $3,399 without ABS and $3,599 with it. That’s up just a skosh from last year. To go along with their fun little ankle-biter, Honda gave us some amusing color choices for 2019: Cherry Red, Blue Raspberry, Incredible Green, and Halloween Orange. Honda gives you a one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty on your new Grom.

Kawasaki Z125 PRO

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KAWASAKI Z125 PRO

Small and relatively fast, good fuel economy and a bargain-basement price. The Z125 is also a commuter if you have to navigate congested traffic because it’s small, lightweight and narrow so filtering through traffic is a breeze. As a first bike for someone new to two wheels, this is a completely approachable bike, not intimidating at all and without the electronics that frequently get used as a crutch. On this bike, you learn how to ride.

New-for-2018, Kawasaki brings in the Z125 PRO "Special Edition" that comes in a special colorway — Candy Plasma Blue and Metallic Spark Black — and gold wheels. Carried forward from last year, the KRT Edition comes in the Lime Green and Ebony colorway that makes it the KRT Edition.

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KRT Edition comes in the Lime Green and Ebony colorway

Powering the PRO is a single, air-cooled, thumper engine through the SOHC, two-valve head, that gives 6.5 pounds of grunt out of it at 6,100 RPM, but you have to wind it up to 7,800 to develop the full 8.3 horsepower. Kawasaki couples an easy-pull clutch with a four-speed gearbox that feels and acts just like the bigger bikes, even though it surely was tempting to run some sort of semi-, or even full-auto transmission, which Kawasaki did outside the U.S. market.

A set of inverted 30 mm forks support the front end on 3.9 inches of travel, and a yoke-style swingarm gets tamed by an offset, coil-over monoshock that comes with a four-way preload adjuster so you can dial in the ride based on the conditions, cargo and passenger load. Cast, 12-inch rims mount the street-style, 100/90 front and 120/70 rear tires. Braking duties fall to the single, 200 mm, petal-cut disc and single-pot, Nissin caliper on the front wheel, and the 184 mm disc with the same caliper in back.

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single, air-cooled, thumper engine through the SOHC, two-valve head
gives 6.5 pounds of grunt, 8.5 hp

MSRP on this little gem is $3,199 — just a couple of bills over last year and the SE and KRT Edition run $3,399. You can get it in Kawasaki Candy Lime Green or Metallic Graphite Gray with a 12-month limited warranty. Kawasaki offers you the option for extended protection for 12, 24, 36 or 48 months through Kawasaki Protection Plus.

KYMCO K-PIPE 125

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KYMCO K-PIPE 125

Intended to be lightweight and fuel-efficient, the K-Pipe gives the pocket bike class a viable, less expensive option. The vertical twin headlamp gives a bit of styling to the overall aggressive look, and a high-lumen Caribe LED taillight adds a bit of tech to an otherwise basic street-snarly design.

Even though the K-Pipe is touted as a good starter bike, it isn’t only that. It’s small and approachable for folks new to two wheels, but it’s also fun for experienced folks. If you have a congested commute through downtown traffic, the K-Pipe is small and agile enough to let you filter through and still has enough get-up-and-go.

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Conventional forks float the front end

A single over-head cam actuates the two-valve head in the 124cc mill that gives us a total of eight horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 6.3 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. A four-speed, manual transmission crunches the gears for an estimated 98 mpg and a top speed between 60 and 65 mph, depending on weight, altitude, tailwinds, etc., and it comes with a kickstarter as a backup to the electric starter for a little extra safety.

Conventional forks float the front end on 4.33 inches of travel, but the central-mount, coil-over-shock only gives up 1.1 inches, and neither end offers any sort of adjustment at all. Brakes are likewise vanilla at best. A twin-pot caliper pinches the single 276 mm front disc, but the rear tire relies on a 140 mm drum to slow it.

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twin-pot caliper pinches the single 276 mm front disc

MSRP on the 2018 K-Pipe 125 is a mere $1,999. That’s affordable. KYMCO offers the U.S. market the choice of red, pearl white or black and covers the little go-getter with a two-year factory warranty.

SSR Motorsports Razkull 125

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SSR MOTORSPORTS RAZKULL 125

The Razkull is a fun little ride that is inexpensive, and easy to own and operate. Compact and powered by a 125 cc thumper, the Razkull demonstrates why going fast on a slow bike is a whole lot more fun than going slow on a fast bike. But bears repeating that the Razkull looks like nothing so much as the runt of a Ducati Monster litter.

A fat front tire and minimal fender leads the way, and an adorable pair of inverted front forks is enough to make a body look twice; yes, inverted forks. An over-under headlamp can mounts high- and low-beams, and also serves as a support for the instrument cluster and front turn-signal standoffs.

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125 cc, air-cooled thumper
claimed 8.04 horsepower

A relatively simple powerplant drives the Razkull with a claimed 8.04 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. The 125 cc, air-cooled thumper runs a 52.4 mm bore with a 55.5 mm stroke for a slightly undersquare ratio and a 9-to-1 compression ratio that puts you at the cheap pump. A reliable capacitor-discharge ignition manages the spark, and a PZ20 carburetor works its magic to meter the air-fuel mix.

A coil-over monoshock tames the motion at the rear axle, and it comes tucked away mostly out of sight under the seat. A twin-pot, piston-and-anvil caliper bites the single front disc with a uni-pot caliper in back, and the discs come with a wave-cut outer edge that aids in cooling, provides a certain amount of self-cleaning ability and just plain looks cool.

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over-under headlamp can

This little sled rolls for pocket change, relatively speaking, with a $1,999 sticker, and comes in Red, Black, White. A 12-Month Factory Limited Warranty Coverage takes care of spills.

KYMCO Spade 150

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KYMCO SPADE 150

Taiwanese motorcycle giant KYMCO (Kwang Yang Motor Co) adds to its MY18 motorcycle lineup with the pocket-size Spade 150. The funky little Spade packs a 12-horsepower thumper into a sporty and agile little frame with two-up capability for some cheap thrills and fuel-efficient transportation.

A sporty, monochromatic front fender leads the way with a sportbike-like cut that doesn’t quite match the retro looks of the rest of the machine, but it doesn’t exactly stick out like a sore thumb or anything. The round headlight can give way to the flanged fuel tank and a bench seat that rides up over the trailing edge of the tank. This area, more than anything else, gives the Spade its retro vibe as it channels the ’70s.

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round headlight , cafe-racer saddle

KYMCO uses its air-cooled, 149.9 cc thumper to power the Spade. A single, over-head cam times the four-valve head and the mill pushes out 8 pound-feet of grunt at 6,500 rpm with 12 ponies on tap at 8,500 rpm. A standard clutch couples engine power to the five-speed transmission and the combination of power and gearing gives the Spade a top speed around 60 mph.

Not only does the cafe’-tastic sheet metal gives the bike a and ran with a mechanical drum in back, but all things considered, that’s probably plenty good enough considering the 266-pound wet weight. The bench seat rides at 28 inches off the ground with a “hidden convenience trunk” below, so this is a fairly low machine overall and should be easy to flatfoot by the vast majority of riders. Also, its maneuverability and compact nature make it a blast to ride.

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hidden convenience trunk

Not only are operating costs low, but the initial impact is low, too. You can score an ’18 Spade 150 for the everyday low price of $2,999, so if you’re looking for cheap wheels and scooters really ain’t your thing, this is certainly an attractive alternative.

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