Small is big, monkey bikes are the new black. After years of being relegated to cob-webbed tales told by speckled-bearded men that begin with "Back when we was kids..." (and typically involving a Honda Z50 soaring skyward to miraculous heights), the petite low-power/high-fun concept is making a comeback. The latest sign of this renaissance is the battery-powered Suzuki EXTRIGGER concept due to be exhibited at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, kicking off November 22rd.

Suzuki EXTRIGGER light-emitting deviceNow, this whole retro-runt revival began with the emergence of the awesome Honda Grom – fittingly, since they created both the niche and the monkey moniker back in the early 60's – but we find its spread into other brands and other motivational forces encouraging. This new niche seems to be filling with younger riders put off by the cruiser and crotch-rocket scene, who are encouraged by the low-cost entry fee to the two-wheeled world. It only makes sense, then, that a battery-powered bike would be a positive step forward in this newbie market, what with no-gear, twist-and-go simplicity and a proclivity toward smart phone integration.

Speaking of which, the EXTRIGGER boasts a quirky feature. Mounted fore and aft are light-emitting devices that transmit information via complex blinking. Using communication technology that originated in the Picapicamera app, it is thought that it could be used to the future, for example, to send out data which might be captured by stores, which would then send you coupons.

While there isn't much out there in the way of specs, we can tell you that the aluminum-framed machine, with fancy inverted forks and disc brakes front and rear, tips the scales at a mere 136.7 pounds and has a 37.8-inch wheelbase. It also borrows the Panasonic-sourced motor found within the back wheel of the e-Let's scooter despite not using an in-wheel design itself.

Of course, the big question is, will Suzuki actually make one for the masses? If it can approach the performance levels of the Grom and boast a battery big enough for 40 miles of fun, we certainly hope so.


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      monkeyfurball
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      I'll keep the Vstrom. 300 miles between fuel stops.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Day Ago
        @monkeyfurball
        How often do you ride 300 miles in one sitting?
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        @monkeyfurball
        Busted. I had a Vstrom DL (650cc dual sport), with its big gas tank that makes it so top heavy and prone to roll on any dust on pavement, let alone offroad. It had a theoretic maximum range of 250 miles and a real world real use maximum range of no more than 200 miles. Even that many miles in a day was very unusual (way beyond my daily commute) and uncomfortable, due to internal combustion vibration, and it was totally deficient from the middle of third gear downward. I sold the Vstrom after it sat for a full year, unused, right next to my new Zero S, my daily driver. I suggest you try the 2014 Zero SR or a Brammo Empulse R . You'll never use a Vstrom again after that.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      Um, what? No thank you, i'll convert my own damn electric motorcycle..
      Tysto
      • 1 Day Ago
      There's nothing kids like more than having their every move tracked and receiving coupons! Great thinking!
        Domenick
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Tysto
        This "feature" would be unlikely to make it to market, but if it were an option, the information put out would be user customizable, so it could be a lot more entertaining than the suggested use of awarding coupons.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Day Ago
      Im interrested to see it for real on the road or at a rest-stop for curiosity but bahh im not interrested to buy and i will keep my gasoline suzuki intruder 1400 for the upcoming years.
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        @goodoldgorr
        Yes, a discontinued last decade 1,400cc small weenie Harley wannabe heavy (over 500 pounds), un-maneuverable bike is exactly in the same class as a 135 pound 50cc class ride anywhere on anything monkey funbike. I'd like to see you bunny hop your Intruder over slippery tree roots in the Erzberg Hare Scramble.