Nostalgia sells and judging by the huge crowds attracted to rebooted versions of Honda’s classic Cub and Monkey at both the Milan EICMA Show and Motorcycle Live at the Birmingham NEC, we reckon that there’s a good chance those two iconic models could be in production and on sale in the UK in the not too distant future.
Honda trailed both the Super Cub and Monkey as ‘concepts’ however spurred on by the reaction from both show visitors and social media fans, it is expected that company bosses will give the green light to put the bikes into production and on sale sooner rather than later.
Both bikes are reincarnations of their famous namesakes, the step-thru Cub was introduced in 1958, and the Monkey bike came along in 1967. Cheap, easy to maintain and simple to ride, the Cub and Monkey gave many of today’s riders their first experience of motorcycling and maintain an iconic status in the motorbike world, indeed an astonishing 100 million Cubs have been built and sold since the bike was introduced in 1958, making it the world’s best-selling motorcycle. It used the famous Honda advertising line: “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”, and lots of different models have been built over the years including the C50, C90, C100 and C70, all designed as a motorcycle for every man, or woman.
Little is technically known about the new Super Cub 125 Concept yet, but it features LED lights, disc brakes, and an air-cooled motor.
The Monkey 125 Concept appears to use the same motor as the Honda MSX 125 Grom, and features upside down front forks, disc brakes, a digital dash and that neo classic Monkey styling with tiny wheels and fat, semi off-road tyres.
We’ll bring you more news as we get it.