I say “SoCal” like it ain’t no thang, because normally it isn’t. It’s no secret that we’re dedicated Northern California folks, having previously referred to Southern California as “Mordor,” “hell,” and other similarly unflattering pseudonyms.
But here’s the thing: Honda is really going bananas for the Monkey launch. ?
Fish will be boarding a helicopter—yep, a goddamn helicopter—to fly out to Catalina Island, home of the once-legendary Catalina Gran Prix, to Monkey about among the bison and butterflies.
I’ve said it before—the people that accuse Honda of being boring just don’t get it.
The entire CityBike Wrecking Crew is pretty excited about the Monkey, and we know a lot of you are too. Fish will have a couple of days with the Monkeys on Catalina Island, so what do you want to know about the bike? If you had a Monkey and a couple days on Catalina, what would you do? Are you planning to buy a Monkey, and what are you gonna do with it?
What should we ask Honda? This Monkey business is happening on an island, so there’ll be no escaping our pestering—at least not for a couple days.
My own Monkey dream? I’ve started drawing up plans (in my head) to install a front-mount hitch on the appropriately army green CityBike Support Jeep, so I can mount abbreviated bike carriers on the front and back and strap a banana-and-cherry set of Monkeys on there for a perfectly balanced compact overlanding rig. If you’re not familiar, overlanding is apparently what a lot of aging adventure riders are doing now that they’ve discovered that riding 600-pound “dirtbikes” is harder than all those high-contrast, mud-flinging action photos led them to believe.
Have Monkeys – will travel, if you will. I’ll burn those tiny tires in every state in the West, in between off-road adventures of the four-wheeled kind.