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2014 Honda Grom 125 - Coolness Factor = 67.5%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu May 23, 2013 9:28 pm

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Okay, admit it: When you first look at the sporty and compact Grom™ you just have to smile. And no matter how long you've been riding, you just want to throw a leg over this bike and twist the throttle. It's an excellent fit for both new and experienced riders, but to Gen Y buyers in particular the Grom carries a bit of attitude while promising fun times: the compact frame size, low seat, inverted front fork and hydraulic disc brakes make this the real deal. The fuel-injected 125cc engine delivers lots of torque, the 4-speed manual transmission works just like any other full-sized bike, the maneuverability and handling make it a joy to ride, and there's even room for a passenger. Factor in its efficient size with an affordable price, and there's just no way you can pass up this chance to get out and ride. Because no matter who you are, the Grom will keep you smiling, ride after ride.

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.


2014 Honda Grom 125 - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $2,999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: TBA CDN


ENGINE
Engine Type 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
Ignition Electronic
Bore and Stroke 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder


DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission Four-speed
Final Drive Chain


CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
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


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 47.4 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 81mm (3.2 inches)
Seat Height 29.7 inches
Curb Weight 225 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)
Fuel Capacity 1.45 gallons


OTHER
Model ID Grom125
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ
due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Pearl Red, Metallic Black



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Re: This week: 2014 Honda Grom 125: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 24, 2013 7:36 am

Grom? What the heck is a Grom? And who is Gen-Y? 1.45gal / 5.5 litre gas tank?!

Maybe I'm getting too old for all this as I just "don't get it"... guess I'm not Gen-Y then!!

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda Grom 125: Vote Today

Unread post by Chabu » Fri May 24, 2013 7:50 am

Not sure where to start but totally odd-looking mini-bike. Voted fail but as Mike mentioned I, too, may be looking at it through my aged glasses.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda Grom 125: Vote Today

Unread post by Mithrandir » Fri May 24, 2013 9:28 am

I think the looks are ok. Nothing great, but I do not think it is ugly either.

Due to size, I am guessing that the top speed will be about 50mph (±5mph).

The fuel economy should be at least 90mpg (~38km/l).

I am still thinking about my vote. Probably either a cool, uncool or abstain.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda Grom 125: Vote Today

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri May 24, 2013 11:08 am

I would never own one, but for a city bike...I think it would be cool enough...it would out cool a scooter in my books. Looks like it could be a bunch of fun...we really should have a "Take it, or leave it" vote...but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and go: Cool.

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Unread post by montanalifter » Fri May 24, 2013 1:10 pm

I just can't do it, not 10yrs old anymore. Probably a good machine, and if you wanted to commute in a city i guess. Not for me Ninja 650 or a smaller cruiser for that if you felt you needed a smaller bike. Uncool.

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Unread post by HYPERR » Fri May 24, 2013 7:47 pm

Awesome I want one! :kicking:

The only knock is that it could be a smidgen lighter.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri May 24, 2013 8:42 pm

I love it and I want one reminds me a little of the mighty Mancenstein!!!!!!!
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat May 25, 2013 3:01 am

I think it's pretty freaking cool! It'd be a great pit bike, fun for around town or the campground.
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Unread post by sapaul » Mon May 27, 2013 9:26 am

I am also going cool, that looks like an all round fun bike. I took my aged glasses off and just had fun in my head. yeah, it was good fun.

A little 125, single thumper at 102 KG,s. if it broke down, I could pick it up and carry it home.

looks good, can carry 2. Honda build. Yeah, I think cool.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon May 27, 2013 1:51 pm

Just wanted to add this image as I don't think the Grom is a Monkey Bike per se. Those 12" tires are pretty scooter sized though:

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Unread post by Bullet Bill » Mon May 27, 2013 8:20 pm

What the heck, I'll give it an Awesome. It's a little confusing to look at at first: the frame is about as big as a 250, but the tires (cheaper?) are tiny. If it was slimmer, I'd compare it to a Sachs Madass. Love the price point though, and I'd like to see some actual riding footage. Reminds me of a stocky little pit bull.

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon May 27, 2013 9:16 pm

Honda already had a great 125cc bike. The CBR. At had real sized wheels.

If I wanted 12 inch wheels I'd buy a scooter.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue May 28, 2013 6:31 am

The CBR would modt likely have very tall gearing and would not be a runabout so much as a racer. For what I would use a tiny little bike for a runabout for getting some beer or deli runs more aptly I think it can't be beat!!
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Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed May 29, 2013 9:11 am

Street legal pit bike? Nice metro hopper? Gymkhana monster? I'd buy it. Cool in my book!
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 31, 2013 6:55 am

I voted: Cool

I almost didn't vote at all as I'm really undecided if this bike is cool or not as I still don't "get it". The 5.5l fuel tank is tiny tiny, but it's a 125cc so it should be "ok". The 12" tires are going to make riding a rough experience over speed bumps, cracks, uneven pavement, in fact, anything city that isn't smooth.

It isn't a classic Monkey-Bike, that would be cool, but in fact the seat height is pretty close to a standard motorcycle. The price of $3000 is good and it should get more new riders into motorcycling as well, but the design is very specific to something (Gen-Y).

Gen Y by the way:
Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation,[1] is the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when Generation Y starts and ends
So I'm not even sure Honda knows who there target group is as well other than "young".

Well, I think I'll have to wait till I see one in the real world as it's just too hard for me to say if it's awesome or a fail, for now, it's Cool as it's something different and unique.

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri May 31, 2013 8:04 am

It's a quirky looking bike and at 125cc it could be a tough sell to anyone but a young first time rider (even though 125cc is a perfectly fine starting bike!). But then I look at the price - only $4k in the US - and it's a Honda... I had no choice but to vote awesome. I hope this bike attracts young riders who would be starting out on the size of bike that they should be starting out on. Way to go Honda!
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda Grom 125: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri May 31, 2013 10:29 am

TMW Coolness rating: 67.5%

Commentary: What a quirky new motorcycle from Honda with a quirky name gets quite a great (but quirky) result of 67.5% Cool. It's cheap, it's cheerful but will it have a lasting effect? Will it sell? Will riders connect with it? Most voters think so but only time will tell...

This week's new cool wall bike is up now for voting and discussion. :revv:

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