Honda’s venerable air-cooled 125cc single propels the Monkey to a top speed of around 65 mph, sipping fuel via a 1.47-gallon gas tank. A smooth-shifting four-speed manual transmission and one-finger, light clutch pull make for a motorcycle that’s near perfect for learning how to ride on. Even with taller final drive gearing (15/34), the engine tractors up Catalina Island’s steep hills, site of the US Monkey’s press launch. Based on our experience with the Grom on the mainland, it will have enough pep to outrun sleeping drivers at stoplights. Although we didn’t ride at night, the LED lighting will help you stand out on dark roads.