Diminutive in size, light in weight, and appealing in appearance, the 2021 Honda Monkey is a fun motorcycle that appeals to everyone from rank amateurs to skilled veterans. The well-undersquare fuel-injected 125cc motor has enough power to get a rider around town effectively. Yet, it is not intimidating to anyone willing to give motorcycling a try.Thanks to a seat height of 30.6 inches and a curb weight of 232 pounds with the 1.5-gallon fuel tank topped off, the Honda Monkey can be manhandled by any rider. This gives plenty of confidence to beginners, and lots of enjoyment to experienced riders. As long as going fast isn’t on your to-do list, the Monkey is up for almost anything.
The 2021 Honda Monkey does have small 12-inch wheels and limited travel suspension—just four inches at each end—so you do have to be mindful of on-road obstacles. Fortunately, agility is another attribute of the Monkey, so it’s easy to avoid problems. Braking is also quite good, with credit going to the Nissin calipers and disc brakes (ABS is an inexpensive worthwhile option), along with the fat Vee Rubber footprint.The only thing that might hold a beginner back is the fully manual clutch. Oddly, Honda didn’t go with the automatic centrifugal clutch found on the Honda Super Cub C125, as those who want a manual clutch in Honda’s MiniMoto line can always get a Grom. Regardless, the 2021 Honda Monkey is here to welcome new riders with open arms.We have reviewed the Honda Monkey.2021Honda Monkey SpecsENGINE
Type: Horizontal four-stroke single
Bore x stroke: 52.4 x 57.9mm
Compression ratio: 9.3:1
Valvetrain: SOHC, two valves
Clutch: Fully manual wet multiplate
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches
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Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is an excellent foray into the middleweight ADV world. Associate Editor Neil Wyenn owns a 2021 model, and has spent the last year adding and improving various aspects of his bike. Some add-ons are more vital others, and he lets us into his secrets for getting the most out of the Yamaha Ténéré. His total enthusiasm for ADV riding and the Yamaha Ténéré in particular were pretty obvious to me—I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Links to all the items he mentions are below.