I think a lot of car enthusiasts are tempted by motorcycles. They promise much of what we love about cars in an almost absurdly affordable package. I've certainly been tempted a number of times over the last few years, and these two bikes from Honda aren't helping. The names are familiar—Super Cub and Monkey—and they're both making a return to the US market for 2019.
Both bikes use the same 125cc air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder motor from , and in the Monkey it's paired with a four-speed manual, while the Super Cub gets a four-speed semi-automatic. Both the original versions of the Super Cub and Monkey used single-cylinders like these, but these new engines are totally modern, with fuel injection and electronic ignition.
Really, the Monkey is just a Grom with retro scrambler styling, which is to say it's fantastic. When it arrives at dealers in October, it'll cost $4000, with ABS costing an additional $200.
The Super Cub is a slightly different proposition. Like the original 50cc wonder that put Honda on the map—and mobilized so much of the world—the new Super Cub C125 is sort-of halfway between a scooter and a motorcycle, with a step through design. Super Cubs have been produced continuously since 1958, but American imports stopped in 1974. The new one will arrive in the states in January 2019, with a price of $3600, and ABS is standard.
In addition to their old-school styling, Honda brought back its classic wing logo for these bikes. The Super Cub only comes in blue, while the Monkey is offered in red, and appropriately, Banana Yellow.
Honda has a hit with the Grom, and surely these will be too. Both promise the same sort of simple, cheap fun, but with amazing styling. We love 'em.