Honda Grom

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by G19Tony, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I've been waiting for this for a couple months. I started buying stuff for it before I had it. :lol3 I got a black one, but I got the white plastics from Thailand, along with a new can. A US company had the tail tidy. The mirrors are KTM folders from Motoscience. I have a YSS shock on the way. The OEM can had to be 10lbs and the rear fender at least 5. :eek1

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  2. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    So.....what's the verdict? Fun? It looks like a blast.
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  3. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    It's really fun. There are big bore kits already out up to 200cc. When they get the bugs out, I think I'm going to go with a 150 upgrade. :D
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  4. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    So, you almost have it down to 200lb curb now?
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  5. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I'm not worried about the weight of the bike. I'm trying to get ME down to 200 curb. 170 curb is my goal. :rofl
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  6. internalcombust

    internalcombust Yes its dirty, thanks.

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    What's it like to ride. I know you said it's fun but how about some feedback. I am very curios about these machines.
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  7. schoals

    schoals Been here awhile

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    my curb weight is roughly 550lbs :eek1

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  8. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I copied what I put into one of the Grom forums I'm on.

    The brakes were spongy at first, but I was doing hard braking all day and they are bedding in nicely.

    The seat is hard, but not uncomfortably so. I think my 207lbs will bend it to my will, and it should soften up.

    I had it up to 56 on the flat, normal riding position. I think it will do better as it breaks in.

    They Tyga is not annoying at all. There was some decel popping the first few minutes, but I think the ECU has compensated. I'm going to add some air filter buttons in the air box at some point.

    Cagers think I'm a scooter, and they were surprised I came up on them so quickly. At least 3 cars started to pull out in front of me, thinking they had time, I guess.

    The bike is slow off the line, but once it gets going, is pretty quick. I would like to change the gearing, but reading about it makes my head explode. It is a long time between shifting.

    Around town, the bike is happy in 3rd gear and 45mph. It feels like it starts to bog down, if I shift into 4th. You really need a long straight to get it into 4th.

    Big motorcycles will not give me "the wave"

    The scooter set will give me "the honk"

    The kids at Cycle Gear think my bike is Dope! (That's good, right?)

    I'm very pleased with the bike. I just put an LED license plate light in it that I had laying around. I still have to install the tail light flasher, and I want to add some LED driving lights to it at some point soon. It's a small bike and it's obvious the drivers aren't expecting a scooter size bike to be so quick.

    I'm sure I've forgotten something. Sorry for the uber long post. :eek:
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  9. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I seem to remember seeing some guy got like 20hp out of one of those motors when it was all tricked out. That would be fun!
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  10. OldPhat

    OldPhat Adventurer

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    I like what you have done so far, it's a good looking Grom.
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  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    nice looking setup!
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  12. BigShooter

    BigShooter Head Flunky

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    I watched a video review on these yesterday, and immediately wonderdd what one would be like with some knobbies and a nice trail. Could be a hoot!
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  13. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    A high SM fender could probably be trimmed/adapted pretty easily, and 12" knobbies ARE available. :evil

    I'd want to fab a skid.
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  14. Newfiebullet

    Newfiebullet Been here awhile

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    Certainly looks good in white!
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  15. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    Cool. I expect to see a course setup at the speedway.

    I know there was at least one circle of guys in Vegas that converted their yards in to moto tracks for the micro thumpers. It looked like a blast to get together once a week to race it out in someone's backyards.
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  16. Mike_Corris

    Mike_Corris 125 Tiddler

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    I've got a bit over 4000 miles on my MSX125 (as its known in the UK). I've just done the air filter mod - removing the metal backing plate and inlet pipe - and it makes a difference to top end and acceleration, and it sounds noisy :)

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  17. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    Way cool!
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  18. RoadRdr

    RoadRdr Mostly Pavement

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    I just picked one up yesterday. They are fairly scarce. Here is a photo with its stable mate.

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  19. Mike_Corris

    Mike_Corris 125 Tiddler

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    Nice pic. I've bought some DRLs I wanted to fit like on the 1200GS but I can't figure where they could go lol.
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  20. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    I went with my friend when he picked one of these up right when they came out. Neat little machine. I think it looks like mini Ducati Hypermotard. I just helped him do the first valve inspection the other day and as a reward he let me take it for a ride. Lot's of fun, good low punch but fades off a bit up top. Nice to effortlessly be able to swerve between manhole covers that are two feet apart. His gripe is the seat and the suspension. I wasn't on it long enough to hate the seat but I did agree on the suspension, but that's typical of jap commuter bikes. So unless you're 100lbs soaking wet then plan on doing work in that area, if not for handling then at least for ride quality. Properly sprung you'd really bring out the fun in that thing and maybe you wouldn't need a new seat.

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