Hey hey, we?re the monkey bikes... no, doesn?t have quite the right ring to it. Regardless, the re-launch of Honda?s popular little 50cc 'monkey' bike in Japan is sure to get fans' hearts racing.
First released in the late 1960s, Honda?s Z50M was a road-legal motorcycle little bigger than a 'peewee 50' that achieved cult-status both in Japan and abroad. Now, Honda is set to revive the legend, with a few tweaks for modernity?s sake.
Fuel injection has been added in order to meet today?s stricter emissions laws, however this has the benefit of increasing power for the single-cylinder four-stroke 50cc engine to a whopping 2.54kW, returning a fuel economy of 1.0 l/100km at 30km/h.
Honda has given the Z50M?s styling an ever-so-slight refresh, but this is no 21st century Mustang update ? Honda has gone out of its way to keep this monkey bike as close to the original as possible. To keep it period-perfect, there will even be a limited edition model with silver highlights and tartan seat fabric.
Scoot over to Honda Japan?s website for more info. Here?s a translated link. A word of warning though folks... monkey bikes are now not permitted on the road or in public spaces in many (most?) Australian jurisdictions.