2018 - 2020 Honda Monkey
Honda puts out a lot of fun products, it’s true, but few machines can match the level of whimsy you get from the Honda Monkey. That’s right folks, the iconic “Monkey Bike” that served as a mini self-Uber in Japanese amusement parks back in the ’60s is back with a new look and powerplant for what the factory surely hopes is a new era of monkey madness. The 2019 update of this little pocket bike bears the genetic markers of the original without being a slave to it with a 9.25-horsepower modern powerplant, larger wheels (thank goodness) and disc brakes.
2017 - 2020 Honda Grom
Introduced in 2014, the Grom from Honda is a compact bike with sportbike styling, two-up capabilities if you don’t mind having to Fred-Flintstone the take-off, has amazing fuel economy, and offers a little something more for folks who might consider a scooter in this size-range. Marketed in other countries as the MSX125, the Motrac M3, and the Skyteam M3, the Grom is a spunky little — “little” being the operative word here — motorcycle, good for folks new to two wheels or for anyone else who wants a fun ride. It’s not fast, but that’s not the point.
2018 Benelli TNT135
Benelli takes a calculated risk based on the popularity of the small-displacement neo-monkeybikes in the U.S. market with the release of the TNT135. A compact 47.8-inch wheelbase sets the tone with a minimal subframe and dinky tires with a 13-horsepower plant that drives the fun with plenty of grunt to pull off all your fancy tricks and whatnot. This pit bike really toes the genre line quite nicely with all the appropriate flavors and attitude, and could possibly pose a very real threat to the established rides coming from Honda and Kawasaki. Can it compete against members of the Big Four? Let’s dig in and see.
Continue reading for my look at the Benelli TNT135.
2013 - 2018 KYMCO K-PIPE 125
The mini-streetbike market heats up with new competition to go head-to-head with the long-standing K-Pipe 125 from Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd — better known to us as the Taiwanese manufacturer, KYMCO — introduced not long ago to the U.S. market. Intended to be lightweight and fuel-efficient, the K-Pipe gives the pocket bike class — long dominated by Honda with the Grom and now with the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki — a viable, less expensive option. Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.
Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO K-Pipe 125.
2017 - 2018 SSR Motorsports Razkull 125
“Pit bike,” “monkey bike,” and even “ankle-biter” has been used to describe the Razkull 125 from SSR Motorsports. I suppose arguments could be made for and against any and all of these monikers, but no matter what you call it, 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.
Continue reading for my review of the SSR Motorsports Razkull 125.
No matter where you fall on the global-warming debate, there can be no doubt that “going green” by using renewable and clean energy is a good thing for the environment. Daymak Incorporated, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada recognizes this fact. Founded by Aldo Baiocchi in 2001, Daymak now has over 100 dealerships selling vehicles designed to reduce the carbon footprint through the use of electric propulsion and solar recharging systems. Today I want to look at a 2015 The Beast Ultimate, Daymak’s top-of-the-line, street legal, offroad eBike built with ATV features that improve upon the 2014 debut model.
Continue reading for my review of the 2015 The Beast Ultimate.
I’ve always chuckled any time the name “monkey bike” is mentioned. The fact that “monkey” is attached to “bike” has always been pretty funny to me. But for what it’s worth, Honda’s new Grom bike is not only the perfect representation of the company’s history of monkey bikes but it’s also a modern-day machine that comes with all the technological bits and pieces to come out of the Japanese brand.
The diminutive Grom first burst into the scene in 2014 and in the short time that it’s been around, it’s become defined as a fun bike with a capital “F”! It’s the perfect start-up machine for somebody who’s just breaking into motorcycles and for those looking for a bike that’s not only a rollicking ball of fun to ride, also economical and affordable enough to be considered as an everyday commuter.
If scooters aren’t your thing, the Honda Grom is the perfect alternative. Or is it the other way around? Either way, the Grom is a veritable pocket rocket whose fun factor is quite simply put, off the monkey charts.
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