2013 Honda MSX125 – The Honda Monkey for the 21st Century

LOVE how they introduce this bike is aimed at youths and watch the video….yeah sure for kids! 😉 I would have loved this when I was kid plus my Yamaha YZ 100!


Honda announced a new 125cc motorcycle aimed for youths that draws its inspiration from the Honda Monkey mini-bikes first introduced in the ’60s. The new 2013 Honda MSX125 (which stands for “Mini Street X-treme 125″) will be manufactured in Thailand. At the moment, it has been confirmed for Europe and Japan, but there is no word about U.S. availability.

The MSX125 is powered by a 125cc air-cooled two-valve single-cylinder engine with Honda‘s PGM-FI fuel injection system inherited from the Honda Wave 125i underbone motorcycle that’s popular in Asian markets. Honda claims an output of 9.7 hp at 7000 rpm and 8.0 ft-lb. at 5,500 rpm. The engine has some low-friction features such as an offset cylinder and roller-rocker arms. This should help the MSX125 provide good fuel economy though Honda did not release any fuel consumption estimates.

Power is delivered through a four-speed transmission and chain drive to the 12-inch aluminum rear wheel. Yes, the wheels have a scooter-sized 12-inch diameter, but the small diameter also highlights the thickness of the 120/70-12 front and 130/70-12 rear tires. The front wheel has a two-piston brake caliper gripping a 220mm disc while a single-piston caliper grips a 190mm disc at the rear. Suspension is provided by a 31mm upside-down fork, a first for a 125cc Honda, and a rear monoshock.

Honda registered four new patents in develop the MSX125, specifically related to the split structure tank cover and the steel mono-backbone frame. The split structure allowed Honda engineers to position the PGM-FI components and other electrical parts inside the tank cover without compromising the capacity of the 1.45 gallon fuel tank.

Other features include a projector headlight, LED taillight and an LCD displaying speed, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. The seat is a low 30.1 inches off the ground, suitable for the MSX125′s target market. Also helpful is the claimed curb weight of 224 pounds.

The 2013 Honda MSX125 will be produced in four colors: Asteroid Black Metallic, Pearl Himalayas White, Pearl Queen Bee Yellow and Pearl Valentine Red.


Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!

3 thoughts on “2013 Honda MSX125 – The Honda Monkey for the 21st Century”

  1. Hmmmm not my style but I like how Honda has aimed it’s last 2 new bikes at entry level riders with toned down power ease of driving and high mileage/fun factor built in. I read in a ride report of a new 700 Trans Alp that has been introduced into South America. Now that is the one I am waiting for.

    1. We really liked our Honda CBF 1000…never had any issues with that bike. I also like the new entry level bikes but if new riders are like us, entry level would last about 3 weeks before the need for more power will take over. Overall, Honda has come out with real interesting bikes lately and as I have said many times before…we wish we could have a fleet of bikes!

      1. Have always been a Honda guy. Just about every mechanical thing I own is a Honda except my motorcycles. I have said it before and will say it again. If Honda would come out with a bike that is comparable to the F800 or Tiger XC, I would be on it in a minute. Even an updated Trans Alp would be all it would take.

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