We noticed American Honda affirm the return of the Gold Wing sequence for 2023 simply final week, and now comes phrase that Honda Europe is bringing the Insurgent 500 and the Monkey again for 2023 as effectively. Motorbike producers’ European branches are inclined to announce new releases effectively earlier than their US counterparts, and sometimes we’ll get the identical fashions right here within the States, as was the case with the 2023 Gold Wing; Honda Europe introduced it every week prior. Does that imply we’ll see the Insurgent 500 and Monkey return to the US lineup as effectively for 2023? The possibilities look fairly good.
2023 Honda Insurgent 500
That’s to not say the bikes can have the identical colours or different adjustments right here within the States, however only for kicks, let’s check out what the Euro fashions have in retailer for 2023. First up is the Insurgent 500, one in all Honda’s bestselling cruiser-style bikes, each right here and in Europe.
The 2023 customary Insurgent CMX500 mannequin introduced throughout the pond receives no mechanical adjustments, so we are able to depend on seeing the identical liquid-cooled 471cc parallel-twin engine, good for 40.8 hp as examined on the Cruiser dyno, in addition to the help and slipper clutch revised suspension, redesigned lighting, and ergonomic enhancements the bike obtained in 2020.
However the Euro model can be obtainable this 12 months in three colours which have by no means been used on the platform earlier than: Matte Gunpowder Metallic, Pearl Smoky Grey, and Sweet Diesel Purple. It’s a pleasant step up from the standard ho-hum colorways we’ve seen earlier than, however once more, there aren’t any ensures we’ll see these paints on within the US variations.
2023 Honda Insurgent 500 S
Additionally carrying over to the Euro lineup for the 2023 mannequin 12 months is the Insurgent S version (often known as the Insurgent SE within the States), which comes outfitted with a sporty headlight cowl, all black fork gaiters, and a brown diamond-stitched saddle. The Insurgent S can be obtainable in only one colorway, the smooth Titanium Metallic seen right here, however in any other case has the identical mechanical spec as its customary trim stablemates.
There’s no phrase on the Insurgent 300 or the anticipated return of the Insurgent 1100 mannequin simply but for both Europe or the US, or any additional affirmation of a Insurgent 500-based scrambler offshoot we’ve been studying about rather a lot, however there’s a very good likelihood we’ll know quickly. If the scrambler model ever comes, it is going to doubtless be showcased at Intermot this week, or the EICMA present coming in November.
2023 Honda Monkey 125
Simply whenever you thought Honda’s Monkey couldn’t presumably get any extra funky, alongside comes Honda’s styling division with bucketloads of latest paint to ensure the 2023 fashions actually make an impression on unsuspecting passersby. To be honest, these are the one adjustments; the Monkey’s main updates got here within the 2022 mannequin 12 months, when it obtained an engine improve, a five-speed gearbox, a refined chassis, and different enhancements. The air-cooled fuel-injected Euro 5–compliant 125cc powerplant, sturdy metal spine body, and USD fork underneath the chromed mini-apes are unchanged, although the twin rear shocks now get two-stage springs for additional consolation.
That additional coloration we’re speaking about is now splashed onto the swingarm, fork, and rear damper springs in addition to the body, and you’ll have it 3 ways for 2023: pink, yellow or black. However get this—all three colorways additionally get their very own color-matched plaid seats! (Be aware: It’s referred to as “tartan” within the Honda literature.) Together with its proudly high-level fenders and fats block-pattern 12-inch tires, there’ll now be no option to miss this minimoto out on the highway. The one new coloration this 12 months is a Pearl Shining Black, which will get added to the ever-popular Pearl Nebula Purple and Banana Yellow choices; all three get color-coordinated frames, forks, swingarms, damper springs, and checked (tartan) seat covers, a transfer paying homage to the bikes’ Nineteen Sixties-era look in addition to some previous limited-edition variations.
So to sum up: For 2023, you will get your Monkey 125 in Banana Yellow (yellow body, swingarm, damper springs, black-and-white seat cowl, and white tank inset); Pearl Nebula Purple (with pink body, swingarm, damper springs, black-white-red seat cowl, and silver tank inset); or Pearl Shining Black (with black body, swingarm, damper springs, black-and-white seat cowl, and white tank inset).
We’re fairly assured the Monkey can be again for the 2023 US lineup as effectively. We positive as heck hope the brand new coloration explosion comes alongside for the journey.