New honda monkeybike coming soon! Honda Grom

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Dezzie, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    Yes, and in the MSX manual it mentions nothing of coolant fluid changing maintenance etc so Im sure it has no sort of radiator.
  2. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    I have read that the Grom shares the same motor as the Honda Wave which has kick and electiric start. I wonder what type of work it would take to add a kicker? I see it has the spot for the lever it is just plugged over. :evil
  3. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I imagine it wouldn't be that hard, maybe a few internal gears, the kicker itself and the clearance for it to swing.

    I do miss kicking my bikes to life sometimes. But electric has sure been nice.
  4. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    I had several automatic CT70's, and I used to bump start them all the time. If for some reason the e start does not work, or you just feel macho, this baby with a clutch should be a piece of cake to bump.
  5. Dezzie

    Dezzie Been here awhile

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    Where did you fellas find the owners manual, please share!:ear
  6. Dezzie

    Dezzie Been here awhile

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    Just thought I would post an update of the guys first week with his msx125 and his finding, enjoy!

    Mike Carpenter

    Tomorrow will be 1 week and 300 miles of MSX ownership for me...
    ...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!:D




  7. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Click on the underlined Mike Carpenter name... hint - underlining usually means a link. :D
  10. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I couldn't decide between red or black so I told my dealer that I'd take one of each. :evil
  11. saltspray

    saltspray Adventurer

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    Once I have a place to store it, I'm likely buying one.
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    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    I put down a deposit on a red one... can debadge it and tell people it's a ducati :rofl
  13. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    Holy eff, my 4' 11" SO and I will be fighting over this one. :lol3 Personally, I wish they made it a wee bit shorter, for her (25" inseam's) sake, but she'll get over that...:D Easy decision...kicking out one of the scooters...bringing in the hooligan monkey bike!
  14. nickgindy

    nickgindy Doing it Wrong

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    I actually laughed. Thats what it reminded me of when I first looked at pics.
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    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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  16. DriveShaft

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    Uhh...sure, you can learn on a liter bike...but it's sure as hell easier on a small bike. Simple relationship between rider weight and bike weight. It's alot easier to manhandle something closer to your weight.

    Personally, I think their marketing is way off target for the us market for other reasons, although if you're going to get good at stoppies and wheelies...nothing beats a light, low cc bike with a clutch. Historically that meant dirt bikes in the States. But hey...bikes like the Grom are how it's done in Asia.

    I think the ads are dumb bcs it's going to be short-lived when they start getting push back from nanny staters. Can't wait to see the follow-up effects from dumb-shits eating their teeth en masse in the alleys trying to recreate the shit they see while ignoring the "professional rider" warnings. But hey...it's marketing. It's about the image.

    You're right, no scooter rider would rationally choose the grom over a scooter...but that's not the side of their brain telling them to pull out the credit card. :lol3 I've ridden and have both scooters and bikes for decades...this might be the first one I ever buy retail.
  17. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    :lol3 That's why my SO likes it.
  18. rkwfxd

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    Nannies don't seem to have had much effect on kids riding 100 mph wheelies down the freeway on 600cc sport bikes. They haven't seemed to have much impact on stunt riders at all. For the most part, near as I can tell, most stunt riders do their stuff in empty parking lots etc...

    I doubt this will be much different.
  19. Dav101

    Dav101 Been here awhile

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    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?

    :norton :norton :norton :norton

    http://youtu.be/kN7IUXep8jY

    Cross posted in Road Warriors thread.
  20. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    No effect at all. Come on, let's face it, nannies tend to have effects completely unintentional by themselves. That won't stop them from going after...someone else. :lol3

    I mean, personally, I just hope this is a means to have more competent stunters.