In conjunction with Motorcycle-USA’s recently published 2014 Honda Grom 125 First Ride
test, Big Red hosted a bracket-style competition, dubbed the Grom Grand Prix. Trios of riders were teamed together racing against the stopwatch individually on a tight and twisty track formed from orange cones within the parking lot of American Honda’s sprawling Torrance, California campus. But rather than recording the outright fastest lap, each rider had to net a time no faster than a pre-set number based on each person’s skill (novice, intermediate, and expert). This was done to try and avoid crashes and other forms of hair-ball riding that spawns from a “race”. If you watch the 2014 Honda Grom First Ride Video
it’s obvious that Honda’s attempt to keep all the bikes shiny side up didn’t work (at least for me). Here are some photos from the event:
The King of Supercross, Jeremy McGrath looks smooth as usual on Honda’s Grom. McGrath, loved the new Grom but then again he loves anything with an engine.
In spirit of the $2999 Grom Honda made these special lunch boxes in celebration of the freedom and carefree riding experience at the heart of the Grom.
Factory Honda Supercross and motocross racers Trey Canard (left) and Justin Barcia (right) traded their CRF450R racers for the 125cc-powered Grom. Both guys had an absolute blast.
Trey Canard was fast and smooth as usual on the Grom—and judging by the grin beneath his Fly helmet he had a good time as well.
X Games gold medalist, pro BMX rider and road racing enthusiast Jamie Bestwick also competed (center) as did AMA Daytona SportBike racer Benny Solis (right)
Dirt Rider’s Adam Booth, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, and Jeremy McGrath managed to beat out the other teams winning the Grom Grand Prix.
East Coast 250 Supercross champ, Justin Barcia shows that his skills on the dirt transfer just fine to pavement.
American Honda’s Product Planner and AMA road racer Jeffrey Tigert shows of his leg swag during the Grom Grand Prix.