2022 Honda Monkey Gets 5 Speeds

Honda's CB300R, Shadow Aero, and Shadow Phantom Return for 2022

2022 Honda Monkey ABS
2022 Honda Monkey ABS in Banana Yellow

Like the updated 2022 Honda Grom, the retro-styled Honda Monkey will also get a 5-speed transmission for the new model year. Both are powered by a revised air-cooled 125cc Single, and two of the most popular model’s in Honda’s miniMOTO lineup, which also includes the Super Cub C125 and Trail 125.

Base price for the 2022 Honda Monkey is $4,199, and ABS is standard.

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“While the Monkey has been a hit in the U.S. since we reintroduced it for the 2019 model year, customers have expressed a desire for more comfortable cruising and better acceleration,” said Brandon Wilson, Sports & Experiential Manager at American Honda. “Now we’re happy to offer that capability by equipping the Monkey with the same 5-speed engine that has earned rave reviews in the all-new 2022 Grom. It’s yet another example of Honda producing not only the most diverse lineup of miniMOTO models, but also the most capable.”

At the same time, Honda confirmed that the CB300R, Shadow Aero, and Shadow Phantom are returning for the 2022 model year.

2022 Honda Monkey ABS

2022 Honda Monkey ABS
2022 Honda Monkey ABS in Pearl Black

A hit with both the new generation of enthusiasts and nostalgic riders seeking a trip down memory lane (its heritage extends back to 1961, when the original version was used in a Honda-owned Japanese amusement park called Tama Tech), the Monkey oozes fun and charm in a pint-sized package. Updates for 2022 include a 5-speed transmission (up from 4) , a wider spread of gear ratios, and a 37-tooth final-drive sprocket (previously 34). The changes provide peppy acceleration from low speeds as well as increased top speed. The air-cooled 125cc Single, which has 2 valves and an overhead cam, has a more undersquare design, with a narrower bore and longer stroke.

2022 Honda CB300R ABS

2022 Honda CB300R ABS
2022 Honda CB300R ABS

Boasting Honda’s signature Neo-Sports Café styling in its most lightweight representation, the CB300R ABS is the ultimate entry-level sport-naked machine. It delivers exemplary sporting performance – including responsive, precise handling and excellent braking – thanks to its good power, standard two-channel ABS (with IMU) and feathery, centralized unsprung weight. The optimum chassis feel and balance are complemented by premium features found on its larger-capacity siblings, but what really turns heads is the minimalist design, expressing attitude through exposed hardware and a dramatic cutaway tail.

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2022 Honda Shadow Aero

2022 Honda Shadow Aero
2022 Honda Shadow Aero

Even more timeless than a leather jacket, Honda’s retro Shadow Aero is highlighted by classic cruiser touchstones like a large front fender, chrome headlights, low-slung seat, spoke wheels and of course a V-Twin engine with swept-back twin exhausts. At the same time, it benefits from sensible elements including programmed fuel injection, available ABS, a shaft final drive, an affordable price and Honda’s legendary reliability. The combination honors tradition and style while still prioritizing performance and ease of ownership.

2022 Honda Shadow Phantom

2022 Honda Shadow Phantom
2022 Honda Shadow Phantom

When it comes to cruisers, sometimes simpler is better – take Honda’s classic Shadow Phantom, a minimalist, bobber-inspired V-Twin whose uncluttered looks are highlighted by a blacked-out engine, short fenders, and black wheels with spokes. At the same time, practical considerations are always welcome, and the Shadow Phantom has them in spades, with programmed fuel injection, a comfortable seating position, low center of gravity and Honda reliability topping the list. No wonder it’s such a popular staple in Honda’s lineup.

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