Wednesday, January 09, 2013

2013 Honda MSX125 revives the ‘Monkey bike’ of the 1960s

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The new Honda MSX125. Good things do indeed come in small packages...

Honda have announced an all-new 125 for 2013 – the MSX125 (‘Mini Street X-treme 125’) – which, according to the company, “carries on the tradition of the original, small-wheeled leisure motorcycle, defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic Monkey, and continued with the Dax and Ape.” Manufactured in Thailand, the Honda MSX125 is powered by a 125cc air-cooled single-cylinder fuel-injected 4-stroke engine that produces 9.6bhp and 11Nm of torque. “It is part mini-bike, part motorcycle, with engaging performance matched to confident handling and styling that combines a sense of fun with a tough, urban edge,” claim Honda.

The Honda MSX125 has a 4-speed gearbox, projector headlight, LED tail-lamp, LCD digital dash, mono-backbone steel tube chassis, 31mm USD fork at the front, monoshock at the back and rides on 12-inch cast-alloy wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 130/70 (rear) tyres. A single 220mm disc with dual-piston caliper (front) and single 190mm disc with single-piston caliper (rear) handle braking duties on the tiny Honda, which weighs just 102 kilos. Fuel tank capacity is 5.5 litres and colour choices include black, white, red and yellow.

We actually quite like the little Honda MSX125 – it looks a bit quirky and is way cooler than, say, a Honda CBR500R. Pricing and availability details coming soon…

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And Motorcycle-USA has some pretty neat pics of the MSX125 (Grom 125 in the US...), here!


Faheem Zaidi said...

Honda seems to be convinced that going back to the 1960s/1970s/1980s is the way forward. Hmmm... from a company that used to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, this seems to be a rather sad thing.

I agree, bike companies need to do more to attract the young to motorcycling, but old-tech, characterless, drab and humorless machines like the new CB-500 series might not be the way to do it. I much prefer the approach being taken by companies like KTM and Triumph, which are making the effort to engineer all-new bikes, rather than palming off old, outdated, recycled technology as new bikes. The CBR500R is as pseudo as any bike that Honda has never built, so why start now?

I'll end my rant on a positive note though. Yes, I rather like the new MSX. Should be just about perfect for my 12-year old :)

Anonymous said...

i love riding anything and this looks like fun. sometimes, infact all the time. riding is about the fun it brings my life.
Mike the bike

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