Went to progressive show Saturday. Was really really unimpressed by the new monkey, very much love the new cub but it looks super awkwardly doofy from the front or back. you never see those angles in the promo photos. the front fork spread looks very awkwardly wide and the rear fender is so much wider than the rear wheel it's obnoxious. and then the wheels I think are 16's and it shows. just that slightly larger wheel would fill it out MUCH nicer.
As for the monkey, it's equivalent to the grom, except looks like an almost afterthought, hastily pasted together vintage looking parts on a grom. The grom looks so much more complete and intentional, and starting costs a whole $800 less! that's a 25% price drop for better parts and looks, if you can dig the future/naked concept vibe. kinda no brainer. it wholly whoops the Kawasaki too. if I was getting into that market I might go with the lifan for carby simplicity and low price and morbid curiousity, but the groms probably the best bet, especially considering resell - even several year old models still fetch over 3/4 of new which is pretty crazy.