Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Honda Grom, 125cc for that Grommet, young surfer !

Travelling has its own fun especially when you are visiting to plan a motorcycle tour trip for your community. Last month in October, Team Motohood visited Thailand for a recce before we offer the now finalized Feb 2014 tour of Thailand, a 2000 kms ride from Bangkok to Phuket and back. What we saw there was something that amazed us, a Grom, Honda Grom! It is a sweet little ride with amazing capabilities. It stands true to the statement “Big things come in small packages’ – a 125cc engine with just 12” and 10 spoke alloy wheel size.

People in Thailand have a thing for customizing their rides (see some personalized ones here) from the scooters they ride to the big motorbikes and Honda Grom owners have definitely personalized the ones they own. We particularly like this shot, a picture taken at night as quickly as I was spotted on the Karon Beach.

Coming back to this low rider Honda launched the motorcycle in 2013 in Europe, parts of South-east Asia, Japan, and America. In USA and Japan it is called the Grom and elsewhere it is known as MX 125. Reason being name was already trademarked in the United States and Japan. Honda had been absent from the small engine displacement market and it is their comeback, we think they have made an impressive package. In this effort at winning over the young, and the young at heart, Honda came up with Grom, a slang term for an exceptionally talented young surfer, as in that Grommet, young surfer !

The younger lads would ride skateboards or BMX bikes to the beach and Honda is hoping to change that. They want the 16 year olds to make this their first real bike that is priced below $3000. We are sure everyone who has taken Grom for a ride, would look for ways to make the mods, make it faster; from removing rev limiters, better air intakes, figuring out ways to shed weight, or add a custom look. The motorcycle is offered in two colors the Red and the Black. The Honda Grom reminded us of the late eighties and early nineties when the famous Bobby’  motorcycle was featured in the popular Bobby movie.  

Key features include a LED tail light, combined projector headlight, Multi-function Digital Instrument,  and single rear shock absorber. The ride or seat height of 30.1inch is comfortable for even a guy who stands tall at 6-feet. The styling is that of a dirt bike with a short seat-tank junction. The tyres are definitely high profile and chubby, offering the cushioning in case you decide to take it to the dirt track or jump on and off a sidewalk to cut through traffic. A pillion can sit nicely with the grab rails and the properly placed foot pegs.
At 225 pounds, gross weight, the engine—125cc air cooled with 4 speed transmission and it is a fuel injected single cylinder makes enough to attain speeds of over 50 miles. It is a lot of fun and feel thrown-in at those speeds. The two vales do justice and deliver power to propel the bike using a chain drive.. The Disc brakes at the front and rear tyres are enough to stop in time. Locking up either wheel isn’t an easy thing to do, good thing for less experienced riders.

We just hope that Honda India brings the Grom to us Indian riders too, we may not be beach surfers but surely we are fanatic enough to enjoy the adrenaline on this small junkie !!

Detailed spec sheet

Engine Type: Air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke, and SOHC, 2 valves
Displacement: 124.9cc
Compression: 9.3:1
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
Ignition:  Electronic
Bore x Stroke: 52.4 x 57.9mm

Transmission: 4-speed, cable-actuated wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain

Wheelbase: 47.2 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/3.2 in.
Seat Height: 29.7 in.
Claimed Wet Weight: 225 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 1.45 gals., at 0.4-gal warning light glows

Front Suspension: 31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock with steel box-section swingarm; 4.1 inches travel
Front Brake: Single 220mm disc with hydraulic dual-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single 190mm disc with hydraulic single piston caliper
Front Tire: 120/70-12

Rear Tire: 130/70-12

One Year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

**The Images on this page have been sourced from http://powersports.honda.com/2014/grom.aspx

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