Minibikers Rejoice: Honda’s Bringing The Monkey And Super Cub To The US

Honda makes cars, lawnmowers, marine engines, even jet aircraft. And yes, it makes motorcycles. Some of them are pretty big, too – like its Gold Wing tourers, Valkyrie six-cylinder cruiser, and CBR1000RR liter superbike. But these… these are smaller bikes altogether. And they look like they could be a whole lot of fun.

Joining the little Grom sport bike for 2019, Honda is bringing in the Monkey and the Super Cub – two of its hottest-selling model lines overseas – to America.

The Monkey takes the form of a classic motorbike, but downsized to tiny dimensions. The Super Cub is more like a Vespa-style scooter, but with bigger wheels. With over 100 million examples made, it’s the best-selling motorcycle in the world, and even inspired a Beach Boys song. Both pack tiny 125-cc single-cylinder engines and even ABS brakes in thoroughly old-school, even retro forms that are bound to please beginners and seasoned riders alike.

“With the 2019 Monkey and Super Cub C125, ‘The Power of Nice’ returns,” said Honda’s Lee Edmunds. “We’re continuing the tradition of offering American customers machines that are simultaneously nostalgic and up-to-date, and that beg to be ridden and personalized. We’re eager to see how our customers use these bikes to extend ‘The Power of Nice’ to the next generation.”

Want to get your hands on one? That’s the best part, because they’re cheap. The Monkey starts at $3,999 (add a couple hundred extra for the ABS version), and the Super Cub goes for just $3,599. The former reaches showrooms in October, with the latter joining in January.

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  • Alfa Giulia QV

    How cute. It looks like fun.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Decent alternatives to the already popular Grom!

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Are these really that cheap given they’re 125cc bikes?

    • The Watcher

      They are not cheap, but they are great 2nd bikes. I owned so many Super Cub, they are bulletproof.

      • Spyder Hole Fantome

        For example, for a couple of grand more you could buy a new KLR650… a real motorcycle, not something that’s fitting for the circus.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Outside of the US, they are massively popular.

          People also don’t give a shit about the notion of a “real bike”. That’s an American thought with their stupid Harleys equipped with ancient technology.

  • pcurve

    Perfect for urban. Top speed on these things is 62mph going downhill.

  • Six_Tymes

    very cool!

  • David De Fortier

    No! $4000 is NOT! CHEAP! But with that said, it does look like quality parts have been used. Honda cub? Here in indonesia its called the honda astrea. Very popular bike and i would love to see this one again.
    The monkey looks interesting.. double muffler. Must be very silent

  • Blanka Li

    I want a big, loud, bad ass, matte black Indian motorcycle – and a Supercub!

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