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Old 05-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #91
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So is this the official Grom thread? I'm trying to jump in, but I've found a bunch of threads in other categories and they seem to be getting moved (lost.) I'll just cross post here anyway!
There seem to be 2 main ones, this one and the one in Battle scooters.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:15 PM   #92
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There seem to be 2 main ones, this one and the one in Battle scooters.
Well, since the Grom isn't really a scooter, and is technically a street legal motorcycle, this one is obviously the "RIGHT" one....
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #93
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Well, since the Grom isn't really a scooter, and is technically a street legal motorcycle, this one is obviously the "RIGHT" one....
It has a manual shift 4 speed gearbox and is made of equal parts WIN and WHEELIE

A scooter it is not.

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:29 PM   #94
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I tend to agree with you on that. Manual shift and no step through, not a scooter.

However with the smaller wheels and size it appeals to the scooter rider that might not visit the road warrior forum all that much.

Easy solution, have both! Tho I think one in thumpers too would be a bit much, even though it does qualify.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #95
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I tend to agree with you on that. Manual shift and no step through, not a scooter.

However with the smaller wheels and size it appeals to the scooter rider that might not visit the road warrior forum all that much.

Easy solution, have both! Tho I think one in thumpers too would be a bit much, even though it does qualify.

Granted... And I can honestly say that I've never even peeked into the scooter forum...



But, I can see it having appeal to that crowd since its uses can be very similar. Still seems more like a diminutive motorcycle to me though. Maybe they shoulda called it a "Crossover"....
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #96
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. Still seems more like a diminutive motorcycle to me though. Maybe they shoulda called it a "Crossover"....
Now you've done it

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #97
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Too cool, want.

I'm the OP for this thread in Road Warriors, and was surprised and pleased when I saw it take off with news of availability in NA. I'm really getting excited about the moto, seriously considering putting down a deposit. Plus, I'm normally not much into modifications, but this exhaust revs me up!

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:52 PM   #98
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A write up of guy on my forum of first week of ownership!


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...And things are looking up
I was quite disappointed when I eventually got home last Friday with my new bike. A combination of hard seat, new engine and extreme weather didn't live up to the leisurely cruise through the rolling Welsh hills in the sunshine that I had been dreaming of since mid-February when I paid my deposit!
So here we are a week and nearly 300 miles later. The engine is loosening up nicely - after 100 miles it became a lot more responsive and smooth and I'm sure that will only improve. The seat seems to be softening up, although I haven't done any... epic tours on it as yet. I love the exhaust note as I'm cruising along - they got that spot on I would say. The seating position is very upright, but I would say my legs are a bit too long for the bike - my knees don't fit in the knee pads unless I push myself back in the seat. I did move the bars forward when I got the bike so that is maybe why but before I moved them they hit my knees and reduced the turning circle so I didn't have much choice. I removed the pillion strap because it was where I sat and was uncomfortable, but I still have to consciously push myself back so my knees are ok - I think I need to play about with the bars a bit. As far as gearing is concerned - it is spot on for me with my 16 stone and the steep hills here. Good acceleration for around town but maybe a bit low for touring. Other folks in the flatlands might decide to drop a couple of teeth on the rear sprocket. Mine is running 6000rpm at 50mph to give you an idea. 7000rpm is 60mph. Fuel economy has improved on the second fill up - 118mpg vs 100mpg for the first tank. The handling is very smooth and predictable - very much like a bigger bike, which I like. By comparison the Gorilla often left me feeling like I'd done a lap of the TT when I got in to work in the morning. This is just smooth and civilised. I'm very happy so far!




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Old 05-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #99
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MSX125 Class Racing during a Honda Sport Day

Looks like fun at a Honda Fun Day event with MSX125 Class.


I'm in my 40's and can't help but think renting a little Kart Track with these would be a great Birthday party idea. Better than a bouncy castle?



http://youtu.be/kN7IUXep8jY

Cross posted in Battle Scooters thread also.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #100
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I'm the OP for this thread in Road Warriors, and was surprised and pleased when I saw it take off with news of availability in NA. I'm really getting excited about the moto, seriously considering putting down a deposit. Plus, I'm normally not much into modifications, but this exhaust revs me up!

Ok...that clip makes it sound like a 450 mx'er.....Damn!
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:29 PM   #101
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Finally, an interesting bike from Honda. the end must be near
Funny thing is, I see this comment all the time, but - Honda is the only big-4 Japanese company that lately does anything innovative. Look at all the different and sometimes weird bikes they have announced. I don't want all of them, but the 3 new 500s, the NC700X, CTX 700, Grom, CB1100, F6B, etc. are all a little bit out there, not mainstream bikes.

What has Yamaha, Kawasaki, or Suzuki done lately that is new or innovative? Mostly just more cruisers & sport bikes.

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Old 05-17-2013, 05:05 PM   #102
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Neat bike for neighborhood travels but not enough excess thrust for S FL traffic.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:33 AM   #103
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I just put my deposit down on one. The dealer said they've been getting tons of calls on it since the announcement, but I was the first to "put my money where my mouth was" and actually put a deposit down.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #104
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I am very tempted to get this for some around town jaunts and my 2 mile commute.
I may call a honda dealer next week to put a deposit. I think the girlfriend would like to learn how to use a clutch on this.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #105
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I am very tempted to get this for some around town jaunts and my 2 mile commute.
I may call a honda dealer next week to put a deposit. I think the girlfriend would like to learn how to use a clutch on this.

I gave my GF her first riding lesson with a clutch this last weekend and it went great. But it was on a CRF230F which is a lil tall for her. This would have been perfect! I can see these populating MSF courses all over the place. (among other uses of course)
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