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Introducing the 2014 Honda Grom: Can This $3,000 Runabout Revive Minibikes?

By May 15, 2013

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Honda's gradual downsizing has touched all aspects of its U.S. lineup-- from the elimination of their big-bore VTX1800-series and the engineering effort invested into the NC700X to the introduction of middleweights like the CBR500-series. But the just-introduced 2014 Honda Grom takes the trend to new extremes.

The 2014 Honda Grom is tiny-- not only in price (the little guy starts at $2,999) but also in footprint. Sporting miniscule 12-inch wheels, this minibike packs surprisingly sporty details like an inverted fork, digital instrument cluster, and a curb weight of only 225 pounds. Motivation comes from an air-cooled, fuel-injected 124cc single-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed transmission, while its seat height is a surprisingly tall 29.7 inches.

Could the Grom stall in its efforts to take miniaturization to new levels?

Unlikely.

For three grand, this new bike is loaded with efficiency, value, and personality. Not only is it a viable alternative to scooters, the Honda Grom just might re-carve a new niche for the long forgotten minibike genre.

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Comments
May 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(1) Pete says:

I love it! I bet it is an unqualified blast to ride.

Unfortunate about the truly stupidest name ever hung on wheels!
Unless of course I’m missing the connection – even in the rareified atmosphere of high priced advertising – to newbie surfers?!

May 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm
(2) Mogollon Rider says:

How fast will it go? Is it street legal?

May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am
(3) dabber says:

Im getting one for my wife to ride. I’m sure she can’t be on it all the time. It does look like a blast to ride!! I like the funky quirky look of it too!

May 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(4) WILLIAM WOOD says:

the name grom means unruly child.

May 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(5) william wood says:

it will run 65 mph and it is street legal.

May 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm
(6) Pete says:

It means unruly child as well? That doesn’t make any more sense than a newbie surfer!

May 18, 2013 at 10:05 am
(7) Joe says:

WOW. that is UGLY!

May 21, 2013 at 7:33 am
(8) Scottie says:

For what it’s worth, there’s a shop here in NY at Columbus Circle named Grom and it make/sells gelato.

May 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm
(9) Garythebadger says:

It’s the reincarnation of my little 1972 Suzuki Rover pit/sand/street bike!! I’ll take a Grom (aka MSX125) in Monaco blue please!

May 22, 2013 at 10:10 am
(10) Kamaseya says:

Truly obnoxious. This would be a lot of fun at that price. Talk about the looks on the road. Everyone would be looking at you. I would think it would be great for the beach or inner city. One day they will have a 177cc top end kit, then it would be the bomb!

August 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm
(11) Drake says:

I just got one and its just as fun as you think it would be. Love it Love it.
The seat is kind of hard but hey maybe my butt is too soft. haha.
I say instant classic.
Lots of aftermarket support. Parts for days.
I’ve just found my new hobbie

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