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Old 09-06-2013, 05:04 AM   #871
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First and foremost: I GOT MY GROM!



I was only able to do a short ride as it is now raining in parts of San Antonio. I basically brought the bike back home. It was a 5 mile ride of city/ back roads.

My wife and I went to pick up the Grom on her PCX. I rode the PCX to the dealership and then I rode the Grom back home.

First impressions:

- The Grom turns a lot faster than the PCX.
- You will feel right at home on the Grom as soon as you take off.
- Controls are very soft (brake, clutch require little effort).
- The front brake might be all you need. It's really quite good.
- The PCX is definitely faster than the Grom (though the PCX is fully broken in but even though, it's 13 HP versus 10 HP anyway). My wife smoked me in the last straight.
- I got up to 50 mph (indicated). There still was some reserve. The Grom felt planted at speed.
- The seat is firm but I like it like that. I am sure my butt will hurt after 40-50 minutes on it.
- The riding position is a bit like a super moto (check pic below). The pegs are right under the rider. My knee barely fit in the tank cut out. Someone taller will have his legs come out to the side more. It was a good fit for me.



The arms just fall naturally on the handlebar. It's a very relaxed riding position.



I am taking the Grom to work tomorrow. It's a 9 mile commute. It's all back roads. I have a ride planned this Saturday with a buddy who has a ruckus. It will be interesting to see how these 2 interact.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #872
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any 6 foot guys riden one yet? If we compaired to the old honda cb 100 to 200 is the ride and handling kind of the same .
Ps hope that new ride smell last a long time .
Gore-tx's photo shows the knee position pretty well. I am almost 6 ft 2 inches, and my knees don't quite fit in the tank cut out. Still, the ergos are not bad at all given the size of the bike. I'm not sure I would choose to ride it cross-country, but it is perfect for buzzing around town.

Not much smell to the bike, and I mean that in a good way. There are no funky chemical off-vapors to speak of. There is plenty of new bike sparkle, at least on the faster red ones. And I hope that sparkle lasts a long time ;)
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:05 AM   #873
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At least from this forum, it seems the Grom is this years hot ticket.

So, I was very surprised to see two different dealers advertising to sell one on Craigslist. Would have thought they would have been presold.

There is a black one in Henderson and a red one in Wake Forest if anyone nearby is looking.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #874
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Gore and Odo. Congrats and good riding!

Waiting for some ride reports from you two!
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:53 AM   #875
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First ride to work this morning.

The good:

- the suspension. It's really better than the PCX and you can tell.
- the brakes.
- people look at you! I had a guy on a motorcycle who did a double take and was wondering what in the world I was riding.

The bad:

- the seat. Holy cow. I like it firm but this just plain hard.

9 miles of joy. It was really fun. I mostly did 40-45 mph so it's a little slower than the PCX but given the length of my ride, there's not a lot of difference in terms of how long it takes to get to work. I think you can only tell the difference riding off from the stop light. The PCX has more pickup.

I think the gearing is just right. 6500 rpm is 50 mph and it looks like the rev limiter hits around 8200 rpm (I haven't tried it yet). I am thinking about playing with the handlebar a bit. It's a little low for my frame and I think it would be better if I rotated it forward so it will be a little higher and farther from me.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #876
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The bad:

- the seat. Holy cow. I like it firm but this just plain hard.......
I am thinking about playing with the handlebar a bit. It's a little low for my frame and I think it would be better if I rotated it forward so it will be a little higher and farther from me.

Yup handlebars rotated forward will help a lot.
First thing I did on mine.
Still trying to come to terms with the seat, as you say "HARD".
Don't know what Honda were thinking of with this.
Got a Gell cover on at the moment,
but defo on the lookout for an after-market one.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:23 AM   #877
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seat gets easier after a few hundred miles, just wear some thicker pants or eat more pies till ya get there!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #878
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Yup handlebars rotated forward will help a lot.
First thing I did on mine.
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Great! I'll give it a try tonight.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #879
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I think the gearing is just right. 6500 rpm is 50 mph and it looks like the rev limiter hits around 8200 rpm (I haven't tried it yet). I am thinking about playing with the handlebar a bit. It's a little low for my frame and I think it would be better if I rotated it forward so it will be a little higher and farther from me.

Rev limiter hits around 9400, redline is 8200.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:02 PM   #880
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Rev limiter hits around 9400, redline is 8200.
Thanks for clarifying.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:08 PM   #881
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I just rotated the handlebar forward. It's much better and it's reinforced that supermotard feeling. I feel more in control of the bike. Unless you are quite short, I think the original handlebar setup is too low and too close to the rider.

The mirrors have this little screw to help tighten them once they are in the right place. Clever and efficient!

The wife and I are going out to dinner on the bikes tonight. Should be fun.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #882
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The bad:

- the seat. Holy cow. I like it firm but this just plain hard.

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First farkel....contact Seat Concepts!
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:52 PM   #883
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I sat on one at the local dealer today. They only had one in stock (red). Said more were coming in, but that was their first.

Wow it feels tiny! But it fit okay. I agree, the seat sucks. I think the bars are way too low for my liking, but all in all it felt okay. Would love to try riding one. I don't see myself getting one; I live right off of a busy highway, and that's the only way to get anywhere. But it's a neat idea.

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Old 09-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #884
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At least from this forum, it seems the Grom is this years hot ticket.

So, I was very surprised to see two different dealers advertising to sell one on Craigslist. Would have thought they would have been presold.

There is a black one in Henderson and a red one in Wake Forest if anyone nearby is looking.
Grom is the schnizzle here in Wisconsin. I picked up a PCX150 tonight after work. The dealer had a "sold" Grom in the front row.. He has 4 more ordered and they are all pre-sold. He let me ride the Grom in the parking lot. It is tiny and very very quiet!
Could not hear the damn thing running!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #885
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Gore-Tx mentioned the seat on the Grom being hard. The seat on my KLX was too (like sitting on a 2x4) so I had it modified (widened and more foam added). This is the result. Had a local guy do it, cost me $150. Was worth every penny.



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