It's time to bid farewell to an iconic motorcycle — the Honda Monkey. After being in production for nearly 50 years, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is ceasing production this month.
The announcement was made earlier this year owing to decline in demand for two-wheelers in Japan. But Honda, as the last attempt, said fans could win one of the last 500 Monkeys produced through a draw to win contest and 45,333 of them ended up putting their names in.
The Honda Monkey was born when a competition arose to manufacture the smallest bike and was initially used as an amusement park ride in Tokyo, back in 1961.
The first road-legal Honda Monkey, however, with a 50cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine rolled off the production line in 1967.
After its launch, the Honda Monkey quickly gathered a strong fan following, especially with those looking for a compact motorcycle to tackle city traffic.
Features such as foldable handlebars and a compact design soon made the mini bike one of Honda's best-selling products.
Clever design and the ease of use made the Honda Monkey a practical commuter, and it is sad to see Honda killing the production of the motorcycle. However, the Honda Monkey was never sold in India, and if one is looking for something similar, the Honda Navi is the closest choice.