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

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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.

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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.

[Source: Honda]

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  • Jon

    Honda should absolutely bring this to the U.S.! It would be a blast for riders of all ages and skill levels, as well as a great alternative to scooters. There is literally nothing like this being offered here by another major manufacturer and I’d love to see a return of the smaller-sized, smaller displacement bikes of the past that so many riders started on (and fondly remember). Bikes like this ensure the future of motorcycling. I’ll be holding out in hopes I’ll be able to buy one.

  • Casey

    This would be a great entry level bike. Bikes have gotten so big over the last 20 years. I can see an aftermarket for this like no other. Bring it!

  • jaison

    i want to know when it launch in thailand . then i can plan to buy.

  • Peter

    Cool bike, lame video.

  • Tony

    Great! Is this another cool bike that Honda won’t bring to the US? If it does, I’ll get one. I agree with Peter. Cool bike, lame video.

  • Claudia

    This for be the PERFECT motorcycle to use in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course! I would definately make a case for my program to purchase this bike.
    This would make for a nice entry level mc for new riders. I personally think it would be a blast to ride surface streets to work. Crossing my fingers for the US.

  • mark stapleton

    Looks great , just the thing for popping down the street or to take on holidays as a second vehicle when at a Camping ground etc.

  • Rick

    It’s cool but …
    My Sachs MadAss 125 beats it in every way. And you can go buy a new MadAss in the US as well as as other countries, complete with 16″ wheels. Sorry Honda, no cigar.

  • DR.

    Stop “AUTO-LOADING EMBEDDED YOUTUBE VIDEOS” on your pages.
    Annoying.

  • tim

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  • Md.Jakaria Mollah

    how did i import this bike in bangladesh

  • R.Watt

    I grew up in the 60′s & 70′s. I had a mini trail 50 when I was 8yrs. I have ridden bikes since about 5yrs. I still seek bikes for myself and son to bring back the best memories of my life, like Taco 22 & mini trail. Small bikes are huge in the pitbike & play bike category. This little Honda would be so fun now with the high gas prices and for youths to ride to school. Sachs madass is a cool little bike but made in China & question the quality. Small motorcycle and a good alternative to scooters and can do more.

  • Robert Hansen

    Any bike that has enough brakes and power to do stoppies and wheelies would not be a good bike for the MSF BRC. However I would buy a black one for me and a red for the wife this moment. Perfect for the truck bed pulling a camper.

  • gs

    Nothing better than the 80′s monkey. ..

  • NIAYAS

    GOOD