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Anyone have one (or, a Grom)? Have always wanted an older Honda trailbike, but might as well buy a new(ish) Monkey at the prices they want for the older bikes. Kicking around the idea of getting one. Would use around neighborhood and my little town and, maybe, out on the farm on occasion. I see they retail for about $4k.

All that said, I've, also, kicked around the much cheaper mini bike option and that's a Coleman CT200 (I think the one I would get is the EX model with suspension). Would work for neighborhood, but probably not outside on main roads and definitely be ok for the farm. It's about $600 or so, retail.
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I had a couple of CT-70’s . My wife rode hers all over town. I was afraid she was gonna get killed on it as it only went 35 mph.
i was thinking about getting the new monkey bikes for the camper but 4 grand a piece kind of stops me. Now I’m thinking the electric bikes.
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We tow the boat to FL for vacation and we wanted 2 wheels for while we're there but the Harley is too heavy for the front of the truck, so.................


I installed a front hitch on my F250 Superduty. I looked at the Monkey and the Grom, but they'r both too small for 2 adults. I bought a Vespa 300GT SEI and had an aluminum carrier made for the front hitch of the truck.
After riding Harleys since forever, getting on a 300cc Vespa feels like you need to give up your man card, but I'm secure in my manhood, so on we go,,,,,,,and it'll do 80+ mph !!!
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My uncle had 2 CT 70s when I was growing up. Grandpa used to ride me around on them when we went to their riverhouse. I won't ever need one for 2 people, but don't want to buy junk, either. Wish there were a few used ones around for less than new.
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We tow the boat to FL for vacation and we wanted 2 wheels for while we're there but the Harley is too heavy for the front of the truck, so.................


I installed a front hitch on my F250 Superduty. I looked at the Monkey and the Grom, but they'r both too small for 2 adults. I bought a Vespa 300GT SEI and had an aluminum carrier made for the front hitch of the truck.
After riding Harleys since forever, getting on a 300cc Vespa feels like you need to give up your man card, but I'm secure in my manhood, so on we go,,,,,,,and it'll do 80+ mph !!!
Same here, I just picked this up VespaPrimavera 50 It does about 40 MPH with the wind and downhill and gets like 90 MPG. After having a Ultra Classic for years, I guess I have really given my card up. My wife does not need a licence for this and can run to Publics for a few days get away to the Keys. I was just down and put on about 100 miles on it running around Marathon. I kind of like it. We rode it 2 up and it was ok.
It does the job of picking up Rum and a few groceries.



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I've got a grom that I love, it is super easy to ride a loads of fun but it is SLOW. I like to think that is half of the fun because you have to drive it like you stole it and the reactions you get are priceless. I've put about 1800 miles on it so far both on and off road and absolutely love it. it is great around the neighborhood and on back roads but I try to avoid the highway.

It will fit two people but isn't something I would do regularly. With me at 220 lbs it will do about 55 mph on flat ground, 40-45 going up mountains, and 65 going down mountains in a full tuck.

If you have any questions let me know.
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Ride a 300cc, you'll be amazed how quick it is, mine even has ABS.
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I had a ct 70 growing up. It was a blast Bought one about 15 years ago with plans to restore it restoration never happened but I do break it out every year or so and put around. I have about 900 in it
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I’ve been casually looking for a CT70 to restore or fix up. Prices are out of control now. If I wanted one to ride I’d buy new or something else.
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Pick up a Yamaha TW200 instead.
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Saw the Monkey recently and was surprised by the build quality and fit-finish.Definatley not a beater like the trail bikes from the past.Very cool little retro bike.
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Originally Posted by Lu 1967 View Post
Saw the Monkey recently and was surprised by the build quality and fit-finish.Definatley not a beater like the trail bikes from the past.Very cool little retro bike.
I've yet to see one in person, but plan on swinging by dealer sometime soon when I can get a little free time.
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Originally Posted by BiloxiGuy View Post
Pick up a Yamaha TW200 instead.

Forgot about that guy...I think someone recommended that to me earlier. Will check it out, too.
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Was just looking at them last week, Beefier than the 60-70's original.
Use to ride a buddy's, I had the CL125 so that engine in the Monkey aught to be quick.
Single seat downside tho.
Looked at the Suzuki TU250, wanted a look at the Yamaha SR400 but discontinued.
Like the retro Japanese bikes.
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I rode a 2012 yamaha zuma for a few years. Great bike. 50cc liquid cooled EFI. Bulletproof. Me and my wife rode it quite a bit 2-up. Would go about 45. Great mpg
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I'm kinda diggin' the TW200 now.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
I'm kinda diggin' the TW200 now.
One of the cool things about that bike is that a 2020 TW is exactly the same as a 2001 and all years in between. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality by Yamaha, I assume. Ultra reliable bike.
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I have a grom and love it. the monkey is exact same running gear as the grom,
you might want to look at the ruckus. i have one of these as well and thats what i bring camping.
they are pretty bulletproof. no gears, just twist and go. you can pick them up used for 1500-1700 all day.
any honda dealer can work on them. i put a receiver on the back on my camper and use a small motorcycle
carrier in the hitch to tote the ruckus.
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Buddies bought a few Ruckus back in the day...they liked them. They were the "manly" moped. They used them to travel downtown to their jobs (historic preservation).
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I would look at a Pitsterpro. They have z50 replica with a 125cc engine and a trail70 replica with the 125cc engine street legal and made in the USA. around $1500.00.

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