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2014 Honda Grom 125 Review
2014 Honda Grom 125 on Totalmotorcycle.com
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 Development
Above all else, motorcycles offer people a fun way to get around. And the new 2014 Honda Grom™ pushes the fun factor to a whole new level. Thanks to its compact size and cool styling, the rad new Grom generates plenty of grins. But that’s just for starters. At $2,999, the Grom is one of many affordable models that Honda has introduced in the past two years to make motorcycling more accessible to more people, and the Grom clearly targets youthful riders new to the sport. However, the Grom’s appeal also covers enthusiasts looking for a cool and inexpensive way to have fun on two wheels. This is a new style of bike with the features of a real motorcycle, all rolled into a compact and fun package.
Featuring a compact steel frame, fuel-injected 124.9cc engine, inverted front fork and hydraulic disc brakes, the Grom offers big-bike controls and features in an easy-to-handle 225-pound package that’s great for new riders. At the same time, the Grom fulfills the useful side of the equation equally well: it’s eminently affordable, gets excellent fuel mileage, is handy in town or around campus and offers two-up riding accommodations.
A powerplant that delivers fun
At the heart of the Grom 125 lies an air-cooled single-cylinder four-speed engine with convenient electric starting. With more than 900,000 of these engines produced to date for use in various Honda models worldwide, this two-valve, single overhead cam powerplant has won universal praise for its efficiency plus durability.
For added efficiency, the engine incorporates advanced, low-friction technology such as an offset cylinder and a roller-rocker arm for the valve gear. Reduced crank inertia gives excellent engine response and a smooth power delivery. The four-speed gearbox is well matched to the engine’s power characteristics, and it’s mated to a manual clutch that provides smooth engagement and good feel. Sophisticated PGM-FI provides highly efficient fuel metering and offers excellent throttle response over a wide range of riding conditions. In short, Honda’s engineers have equipped the Grom with plenty of advanced engine technology, all for the purpose of creating a new ride that’s cool, fun and user friendly.
Short but sweet
With a compact wheelbase of only 47.4 inches, a 29.7-inch seat height, low center of gravity and a modest curb weight of only 225 pounds, the Grom feels light and agile—qualities that rapidly build rider confidence and make it a fun ride wherever the road may beckon. A steel mono-backbone frame utilizes a rigid, square-section tube to join the steering head directly to the swingarm pivot plates for a high level of chassis stiffness. A center bracket supports the seat subframe and fuel tank, a design that creates a space between the fuel tank and main frame where the fuel filter, PGM-FI-related components and other electrical parts can be hidden away. This arrangement also allows the Grom’s fuel tank to hold a noteworthy 1.45 gallons.
The swingarm pivot and engine hanger plates provide added chassis strength, and the swingarm itself is a tough, steel box-section unit. A sleek single-shock setup delivers 4.1 inches of rear wheel travel, while up front there’s an impressive-looking 31mm inverted fork—a first for Honda on a 125 street bike. Thanks to its larger diameter, the damper piston in the fork provides smooth damping action throughout the 3.9 inches of stroke.
The Grom rolls on 12-inch cast aluminum wheels, which feature 2.5-inch wide rims and Y-shaped spokes that are evocative of Honda’s CBR600RR and CBR1000RR sport bikes. A hydraulic dual-piston caliper grips the 220mm single front brake disc and single-piston rear brake caliper grips a 190mm disc. A distinctive multi-reflector headlight helps give the front of the bike a unique look and the bright LED taillight complements the bike’s overall silhouette. The compact and easy-to-read LCD digital dash supplies the rider with plenty of information: speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. Resetting the trip meters and clock, or swapping between odometer and trip meter can be achieved via switches located on either side of the display. All these features give the Grom the look and feel of a very well-appointed full-sized motorcycle for a decidedly upscale ride experience.
With its efficient size, too-cool look, ease of use, affordability and thrifty operation, the new Honda Grom offers a natural draw to Gen Y buyers just entering the sport. The good news is you don’t have to be young in age—just young at heart—to have a blast on the Grom. Because no matter who you are, Honda’s Grom will keep you smiling, ride after ride.
2014 Honda Grom 125 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
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.
The new Honda Grom. Big attitude. Ride one and see.
The key to a great motorcycle is starting with a great motor, and Honda makes the best. The new Grom features a low-maintenance, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. Electric starting makes it a snap to get going, and a standard motorcycle transmission gives you the control you want.
The new Grom may be small, but when it comes to features it’s all Honda. The four-speed transmission works just like a full-sized bike’s so you get plenty of performance and control. Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear give you excellent stopping power.
The new Grom feels even lower than its 29.7-inch seat height, thanks to the bike’s light weight, low center of gravity, and narrow seat/tank junction. All that adds up to maximum fun.
2014 Honda Grom 125 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
– Single-cylinder 125cc SOHC four-stroke engine packs a perfect blend of performance with impressive fuel efficiency plus accessible and fun all-around ability.
– The engine uses low-friction technology such as an offset cylinder and a roller rocker arm for the valve gear.
– Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) offers excellent throttle response over a wide range of riding conditions by continuously monitoring several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions.
– The four-speed gearbox is managed via a manual clutch and offers smooth and consistent gear changes.
– Compact chassis features a sturdy steel frame.
– Telescopic inverted 31mm front fork, like a full-size motorcycle, delivers 3.9 inches of well-controlled travel.
– Steel box-section rear swingarm and a sturdy single shock yield 4.1 inches of comfortable rear-wheel travel.
– Single front 220mm disc with hydraulic dual-piston caliper and single rear 190mm disc with hydraulic single-piston caliper deliver strong stopping power.
– Compact 47.4-inch wheelbase and light curb weight of 225 pounds results in amazing agility to boost rider confidence.
– LCD digital dash includes speedometer, odometer/A&B tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge.
– Available in Pearl Red and Metallic Black.
– Transferable one-year limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Forget about big, bulky taillights—the Grom’s LED lamp is bright and clear.
Who says being practical can’t be fun? With its 1.45-gallon fuel tank you can venture far and economically too.
Want to share the fun with a friend? No problem—the Grom makes it easy to bring a passenger along.
The Grom’s stylized bodywork makes a big statement and is sure to get attention wherever you ride
Single Rear Shock
You get a plush ride, even over choppy pavement thanks to the Grom’s single hydraulic rear shock.
The Grom’s four-speed transmission gives you all the durability, control and efficiency of a conventional motorcycle.
Hydraulic Disc Brakes
The Grom features powerful (220mm front and 190mm rear) disc brakes for both front and rear stopping power.
Multi-Function Digital Instruments
Instrument display features speedometer, odometer, tachometer, A&B trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator for low/high beam.
Combined Projector-Style Headlight
Practical and unique looking, the Grom’s combined projector-style headlight is a major styling element and also allows great visibility at night.
125cc Fuel-Injected Engine
Nobody can match Honda’s reputation for engines, and even though the Grom may be compact, it’s a giant in terms of performance and reliability.
12-inch 10-spoke Wheels
Tough and strong, these cast wheels and wide tires are just what the urban rider needs.
2014 Honda Grom 125 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $2,999 USD
Engine Type 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
Bore and Stroke 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder
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
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
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
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a
Honda Protection Plan.
2014 Honda Grom 125 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: TBA CDN
ENGINE TYPE: 124.9CC AIR-COOLED SINGLE CYLINDER FOUR-STROKE
BORE AND STROKE: 52.4MM X 57.9MM
COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.3:1
VALVE TRAIN: SOHC; TWO VALVES PER CYLINDER
INDUCTION: PGM-FI WITH AUTOMATIC ENRICHMENT
FINAL DRIVE: CHAIN
FRONT: 31MM INVERTED FORK; 99 MM (3.9 IN.) TRAVEL
REAR: SINGLE SHOCK WITH STEEL BOX-SECTION
SWINGARM; 103 MM (4.1 IN.) TRAVEL
FRONT: SINGLE 220MMDISC WITH HYDRAULIC DUAL PISTON
CALIPER REAR: SINGLE 190MM DISC WITH HYDRAULIC
SINGLE PISTON CALIPER
WHEELBASE: 1204 MM (47.4 IN.)
TRAIL: 81MM (3.2 IN.)
SEAT HEIGHT: 765 MM (30.1 IN.)
FUEL CAPACITY: 5.5 LITRES
COLORS: PEARL RED, METALLIC BLACK
2014 Honda Grom 125 – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £ GBP
See 2014 Honda MSX125.
2014 Honda Grom 125 – Totalmotorcycle.com Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australian MSRP Price: $ AUD
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Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.