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2014 Honda Grom First Look

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
American Honda continues its aggressive campaign to foster new riders and provide fuel-efficient alternatives suitable for urban applications with the introduction of its 2014 Grom. The 125cc Grom is small, practical, and from the
Hooning on the Grom
Honda enlisted the services of a stunt rider to demonstrate the fun factor on its new mini street extreme motorcycle, the 2014 Grom.
video supporting its release, fun to ride as demonstrated by the stunt rider doing stoppies, pulling wheelies and generally hooning on the bike.

The little four-stroker features a 124.9cc air-cooled, Single-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed transmission. Though power output has yet to be listed, the same motorcycle was launched overseas under the name Honda MSX 125, MSX standing for Mini Street Extreme, whose Single charted a claimed 9.7 hp @ 7000 rpm and 8 lb-ft of torque @ 5500 rpm. An inverted front fork set out at only 25-degrees of rake and a small 12-inch, 120mm wide tire should make the bike very rider-friendly, as should the 29.7-inch seat height and claimed 225-pound curb weight.

Stopping power, as demonstrated in the video, should be fairly good thanks to hydraulic disc brakes front and rear with a 220mm disc fore and a 190mm disc aft. Damping duties on the rear will be provided by a solo shock with 4.1-inches of travel. The 2014 Grom has a 1.45-gallon tank that features a proprietary split-structure which allowed Honda to tuck the PGM-FI system inside as well.

2014 Honda Grom  2999
The 2014 Honda Grom is available in Pearl Red or Metallic Black for $2999.
2014 Honda Grom
Though its physical dimensions teeter just above the size of a pit bike, Honda attempted to incorporate big-bike styling in the 2014 Grom by giving it a projector-style headlight, side panels for bodywork and an ample-sized digital display panel with a speedo, odometer, tach, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, clock and a high beam indicator light. It will be offered in two colors, Metallic Black and Pearl Red and lists for $2999.

The 2014 Grom adds to Honda’s ever-expanding list of affordable, entry-level motorcycles, joining the likes of the CBR250R, CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X.

Here’s what Honda PR has to say about the company’s latest offering:

Honda's 2014 Grom is a fresh, new way to add some fun, practicality, independence and style to your life. Fun: This new machine is a blast to ride, offering all the excitement of a full-sized motorcycle but in a package that just about anyone old enough to have a license can handle. Practical: The Grom's thrifty Honda engine means you can run it on pocket change, and you can park it just about anywhere too.

Independence: With your own wheels, you can bag the bus and forget about having to beg for rides from your friends or—shudder—your Mom. Stylish: Check out the Grom for yourself. And then think of it as a blank canvas, waiting for you to customize it.


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bluestragler   May 24, 2013 02:19 PM
spelled backwards...MORG
Piglet2010   May 21, 2013 05:00 PM
@ sheene - I ride a 9-hp Honda Elite 110 to work, and even if the Grom accelerates quite a bit faster due to less weight and less transmission losses, it will still be boring on the fast sections. Now on a supermoto track where a supersport will not be able to get out of 2nd gear (when ridden between peak torque and peak power), a tiny bike with good suspension and tires will be an absolute hoot, even with only 8 or 9 HP at the rear wheel.
Piglet2010   May 21, 2013 03:55 AM
The lack of power would make the Grom a poor choice for a regular track day, but if the suspension is good, I would love to wear out a set of tires here: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Road+America,+Plymouth,+WI&hl=en&ll=43.798645,-87.998922&spn=0.003856,0.010568&sll=41.938317,-93.389798&sspn=4.069874,10.821533&oq=road&t=h&hq=Road+America,+Plymouth,+WI&z=17 (the Motorplex supermoto track, not the "big track").
jeffcneal   May 20, 2013 03:40 PM
In 40+ continuous years of dirt bikes and enduros [dual sports to you younger folks], I've finally seen a street bike that I'm scheming to buy. And yeah, track days would be a blast!
MCUSA Bart   May 20, 2013 10:03 AM
Quick update. I saw one of these Grom's at Honda's HQ when I went in for the CBR500R and CB500F first rides... All I can say is it looks like FUN. I got reamed for giving the Ruckus poor marks as a real-world street bike, but this thing seems like the real deal. It looks like a cross between Honda's new CB500F and the Ruckus - and it rings in at only a couple hundred more than the Ruckus. Eagerly awaiting the launch of this model, to see what the 125cc performance translates into.
birdmove   May 19, 2013 09:27 PM
That is what I'm thinking, and commented in a thread at advrider.com. That there may be a bunch of Ruckus riders selling or trading in for the Grom.
leward18   May 18, 2013 11:48 AM
Private track days for Grom owners would probably be pretty fun.
Drunkula   May 16, 2013 07:26 AM
I hate to say it but... That thing looks awfully fun!
Ridngsxrs   May 15, 2013 06:14 PM
7 more horsepower than my Ruckus. Only 25lbs more than my Ruckus. Price is only $300 more than my Ruckus, MSRP to MSRP. Goes at least 25mph faster than my Ruckus. Hmmm.....any body want to buy my Ruckus?
AnthonyD   May 15, 2013 12:51 PM
Thailand* And here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8el41xe62lM
AnthonyD   May 15, 2013 12:50 PM
Haven't they already sold this bike for a while in Thai Land/India? I remember a very similar video with some stunting on a rooftop and a dude with a pony tail. Let me find that.
harley1   May 15, 2013 08:37 AM
Now that's a powerband! Thx for catching my typo, grindathon. My bad.
grindathon   May 14, 2013 11:41 PM
"claimed 9.7 hp @ 7000 rpm and 8 lb-ft of torque @ 55000 rpm" i would love to hear a honda singing at 55000rpm hehehehehe!
Piglet2010   May 14, 2013 06:36 PM
A $3K hooligan bike - I just might have to clear out some space in the garage for one.