Rusty Stitches fee – Honda Monkey Z50 by Moto Adonis

The Monkey and the Ape

By now it is best to have a reasonably good concept about who Rusty Stitches are and what they’re all about. They’re the David to the bike driving gear business’s Goliath. And so they’ve been rising lately…quick! Though their mascot is a giant bushy ape, the Rusty Stitches administration staff thought it will be a good suggestion if the enormous ape had its personal trip. And what higher bike to begin with than a Honda Monkey!

If you wish to get technical in regards to the distinction between a monkey and an ape; a monkey has a tail and is comparatively small by measurement, and an ape has no tail and may develop a lot bigger than a monkey. That is the story of the ape and the monkey!

The Honda Monkey was first launched to the general public in 1961, after growing reputation as a youngsters’s trip at a Japanese amusements park. Initially it was a 100cc minibike known as the Z100 however rapidly gained reputation amongst folks in its 50cc trim because the Z50 a.okay.a. “the Monkey”. Not a foul title contemplating it’s one among Honda’s longest produced fashions within the firm’s historical past. We’re not going to bore you with efficiency specs. What we are able to say is that individuals who owned them, liked them! It was a really perfect automobile to tackle a trailer or on a camper. It’s light-weight, small, frugal with gas, and straightforward to work on.

Cult standing

The Honda Monkey has gained one thing of a cult standing. In 2018 the late Beatles singer John Lennon’s previous Honda Monkey Z50 was public sale for a whopping $80,000! Not unhealthy for a motorbike that originally price about $250. What additionally elevated the recognition of the Monkey is the supply of aftermarket elements. You may flip an ordinary 50cc Monkey right into a fire-breathing, tire smoking, little ripper, able to severe speeds.

Moto Adonis

That is the place half 2 of the story begins. Enter: Moto Adonis. The Dutch primarily based staff consisting of Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink have been dabbling on the planet of customization for a while now. So far as Rusty Stitches have been involved, Moto Adonis the go-to guys to get their {custom} Honda Monkey constructed. It was clear from the start which path they wished to go along with this little bike. It needed to look loads meaner than the unique Monkey, and so they knew precisely how they have been going to try this.

The little Honda acquired stripped of all its elements and acquired a whole rebuild from the bottom up. One factor that wasn’t modified was the engine displacement. The rationale for this was that the Honda will serve a promotional objective solely, travelling round to numerous Rusty Stitches dealerships and bike reveals. In addition to, growing the displacement would additionally imply going by way of a collection of necessary assessments and full re-registration; fairly pointless for what is meant. What the engine did obtain was a dry-ice vapor blast remedy, and a whole respray in black and white. Aside from that, little or no was saved of the unique Monkey.

The unique wheels have been eliminated and saved for later. As an alternative, a pair of 12” outsized wheels have been added with Maxxis NSR knobbly tires. To accommodate for the wheels, the entrance shocks have been changed in addition to the triple clamps for wider items. Each entrance and rear shocks now have an elevated journey. A spherical LED headlight was mounted utilizing a singular set of {custom} brackets. Utilizing an LED gentle was made potential by upgrading the unique 6 Volts system to a extra fashionable 12V energy provide. A black aluminium handlebar is now in place, coupled with a stupendous set of white Biltwell grips to stick with the black & white theme. The entrance brake has been beefed up with a 2-piston caliper and greater disk brake.

Greater than just some elements…

Transferring to the rear we are able to see an prolonged and widened aluminium swing arm. The little drum brake from the rear has additionally been changed with a 2-piston disk brake conversion package. The ultimate drive was modified to an even bigger rear sprocket. The subframe has been {custom} constructed and homes a café racer model hump seat. The seat has been {custom} made by Miller Kustom Upholstery. Look carefully and you’ll discover the white stitching and lettering. We love such craftsmanship! It’s value mentioning that the whole rear seat was constructed from scratch.

There are 2 different actual eye-catchers on this little Monkey: the tank and the exhaust. Let’s begin with the tank. It’s the unique Honda tank but it surely acquired a recent coat of black paint. What makes it particular although, is the pin-striping that was utilized by hand; an artwork kind we don’t see a lot anymore. It was accomplished by Huid & Staal’s very personal Frank Bouwmeester. The opposite eye-catcher is the exhaust system, which was constructed from the bottom up by MAD Exhausts. Now we have heard this Monkey in actual life, and it sounds extra like a Gorilla than a Monkey!


That’s it then, proper? Incorrect. Keep in mind the unique wheels that have been saved for later? They have been repurposed for use on a custom-made trailer. Constructed to resemble a large banana field, the trailer was utterly constructed from nothing to function a prop. That additionally signifies that the Monkey has a trailer hitch, and we expect that it’s the cutest factor we now have ever seen. The little engine that might…

Picture credit: Rob Willemsen

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