Most '80s and '90s kids are probably familiar with the anime, Dragon Ball. The franchise, created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, has spawned into numerous manga, anime series, and even films. With such a cult following over the anime, wouldn't it be fun to create a motorcycle inspired by Dragon Ball? Well, these guys from CUB House by AP Honda thought so and have joined forces with Toei Animation, the official copyright holder for Dragon Ball anime to co-create a new legend – the Monkey Dragon Ball Limited Edition.
Limited to only 100 units worldwide, the bike retails for THB 119,900 (PhP201,700) and will be made available at all 13 CUB House branches and at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2019 this coming Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.
During the launch, Shigeto Kimura, President of AP Honda Co., Ltd., said, "The goal of CUB House is to fill the need for a new generation of delivering value by three; one is ‘fun’ or at the customer experience from all parts of the store i.e. the items in the shop. The second is the pride, ‘Proud’ or when the customer owns the vehicle. And the third thing is ‘Me’ or reflect the true identity of the customer. All this happens through experience that it delivers to its customers since two years ago, this has become a place filled with fun stories. And travel is endless."
Honda Monkey motorcycles trace their inception all the way back to 1961, with the Monkey Z100. It would later spawn more versions like th iconic Z50 in 1964. Though originally designed for children, today, the Monkey is among the most sought-after bikes by adult collectors.
“Another legend arose in 1984 when the Dragon Ball was born in Japan and has gained popularity quickly and has been distributed to over 80 countries around the world, including Thailand. The anime series became so popular of all time in the world," added Kimura.
The Monkey Dragon Ball Limited Edition has been designed to meet a unique angle. The introduction of the unique aspects of the Monkey Dragon Ball on the bike is the first four-star of Dragon Ball's son Goku. The second is the Holy Dragon Gods. Both were decorated on the oil tank wrapped in carbon fiber. The baby dragon was made of CNC aluminum and the third is that of the Court of Master Roshi Turtle, featured on the cover of the orange air filter. The Monkey cover is made from carbon fiber wrap.
Monkey Dragon Ball Limited Edition will be sold with a Monkey x Dragon Ball jacket from the brand, Naked & Famous worth THB 8,500 (~PhP14,300). Those interested can visit and book at any of the 13 CUB House branches, including Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Pathom and most recently in Srinakarin and also at the CUB House booth G 09 at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2019 at Impact Challenger, Muang Thong.