Jenna Genio / Honda Japan | March 17, 2017 06:37
Honda celebrates 50 years of the Monkey with limited edition model
To commemorate 50 years of enthralling generations with the iconic Monkey, first released as the Z50M in 1967, Honda Japan has unveiled a limited edition machine as part of the 2017 Monkey's four paint designs.
The Monkey has received Honda’s signature Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) since 2008. The 50th Anniversary Edition is the same. The fuel injected, air-cooled, OHC 49cc single-cylinder of the Monkey is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The little engine makes 3.4 PS at 8,500 rpm and 3.4 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The mini bike measures 1365 mm long, 600 mm wide, and 850 mm. It weighs 68 kg with a seat height of 660 mm.
The Honda Monkey 50th Anniversary Edition comes in Pearl Sunbeam White, which gives you a white tank and fenders with Magna Red equally sharing the spotlight as seen on the frame, front forks, rear springs, and headlamp housing. A black and red plaid seat as well as a three-dimensional emblem on the tank come with the Pearl Sunbeam White version.
For other 2017 Monkey variants, Graphite Black x Kumamon goes dark with popping red accents and showcases a tribute to tourism mascot Kumamon the bear. Harvest Beige comes with a khaki look and orange striping. Plasma Yellow lets the sunshine in with a white and yellow scheme.
Limited to just 1,800 units, this Honda Monkey 50th Anniversary Edition in Sunbeam White receives commemorative markings on its side cover, unique key, and seat’s rear. The MSRP on the special minibike is set at JPY ¥352,080, JPY ¥336,960 for Graphite Black x Kumamon, JPY ¥336,960 for Harvest Beige, and JPY ¥298,080 for Plasma Yellow. A front basket is available as a Honda accessory.