New honda monkeybike coming soon! Honda Grom

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

  1. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Buell Blast! :evil

    I was concerned that my bulk might look goofy on the PCX, but a full size person on this bike kinda reminds me of the circus... and a bear riding a bicycle. :lol3

    Back in the day, I thought a Honda Trail 70 might be fun to hang on the back of an RV, but never owned one. This might be more akin to the "growed-up" version of that. It will be interesting to see (and sit on) one in person.

    But, since this is on a scooter part of the forum, I don't see swapping the scoot for a Grom.

    Captain Jim
  2. minimotos95

    minimotos95 Battleing MADD with pedal power

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    I was thinking it looked more like a mini duke, it's bigger then my 70 but looks just as fun, i heard the top speed is 65mph... if i could get financed i think this thing would be worth the debt
    "Monkey on a grape" as my father says
  3. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    A full-size euro-descent white male, yes.. But hey...lots of us are fly-weights in comparison...particularly if you look at the way demographics are shifting...whether it's just the fly-weight 17-yo, or a woman, one of the scads of people ethnically from south/central America/Asia, but raised in the States... When I go back to my parent's country, I'm a friggin' giant in comparison, and I'm 5'-8". Well, ok, I'm "large." I guarantee you I'd "look normal" on a Grom, bcs it's actually not *that* low a seat, at 29" and change. It's definitely not *quite* as suitcase-sized as the original monkeybikes.
  4. Jimmy the Heater

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  5. DOUBLE-O G

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    Cool little video:

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  6. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Cool vid but too bad it's in French!
  7. JerryH

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    To me this is a kids bike, for someone maybe about 12. I had a B&S lawn mower engine powered Sears mini bike back then (couldn't afford a Honda Mini Trail) I would have loved something like this (back then) but now at 6' 225 pounds with a 34" inseam, I wouldn't even begin to fit on it. Yet I fit just fine on a 125cc scooter. I also fit fine on an XT225 and DR200. This thing looks small enough to be carried on the back of one of those bikes. Kind of reminds me of the Motocompo, or the MobyX. I can see Kids who used to ride gopeds before they got outlawed loving these. But they would seem to be worthless as either transportation or a playbike for an adult. Scooters and small street bikes make good transportation, and dirt bikes and dual sports make good playbikes. This thing even loos to small to put on the back of a motor home. It does look like a good pit bike to be ridden around in a parking lot.

    While I don't see this as being worth much stock, it could turn into the next craze for modders and tuners, I can see longer swingarms, taller suspension, bigger wheels, all kinds if performance goodies, etc. You should be able to build a $10,000 bike out of a $3000 bike pretty easy, just like many are doing with the Ruckus.
  8. DOUBLE-O G

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    I know but at least it gives an idea about the looks and size compared to a normal sized human.

    I have to say that as cute as it looks it is starting to be less and less appealing to me. Yes it would be a blast to ride but it has no practical purpose. The guy in the video says he is 5'10". I am 6ft tall and I think I would look pretty silly on it. I can't really see myself commute to work on one of those. I have a 10 mile commute that is a mix of city and back roads.

    I'm still going to go take a look at it when it comes out but I think at this point I am going to look elsewhere.
  9. yooperbikemike

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  10. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I'm retired and the wife is going to be in about 18 months.
    We are talking about a travel trailer or small camper motor home for a nice long trip. I see this bike as a great sanity keeper for me , hanging off the back end of either one.
    At the end of a day on the road when i need to get away, :evil
  11. Shag67

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    Yeah, I got a little excited about this bike when I first heard about it. Fortunately it's not available here until August from what I've heard so I had a chance to think about it a little bit. It just wouldn't be practical for me for basically anything so instead I ran out the day before yesterday and bought a '13 V-Strom 650. WOOT!!! :evil:evil[​IMG]
  12. Dezzie

    Dezzie Been here awhile

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    I think the moaners and doubters should loosen up a bit, yes ya might look silly on it, that's part of the appeal, means ya telling others you don't give a f%£k about what you look like, your either a sheep who follows the flock, or your a different breed, take it for what it is, a fun commuter bike with all the excitement and head turning capabilities of monkeybikes, yes there not super fast, don't carry a weekends worth of luggage, no, you wont fit in with the Harley crowd etc etc etc, who gives a crap, I have read these American forums for years, me being a brit, cant understand why some of ya get so anal and hett up about stuff, especially everytime a bike comes out that NOBODY! IN THE STATES HAS YET!, for god sake, if ya don't like it, don't want one, think you will look dumb on one, concerned if it will get you to Alaska and back on one gallon of petrol then DONT BUY ONE! Lifes to short to give a crap sometimes, just relax and enjoy it for what it is! rant over!!!!!:beer
  13. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    Exactly! Do you think that people bitched and moaned about power or looking crazy whenever the Honda Trails back in the day were out? NO, everyone was ecstatic about having a reliable fun economical mode of transportation! If you think that the Grom is anything else than just that then this bike isn't for you. Dezzie, if we ever run into each other the first round is on me :beer
  14. JerryH

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    I agree with you on that. Obviously I'm not interested in one of these things. And I wouldn't give it a second thought, if it weren't for this huge long thread that popped up overnight, with almost everybody thinking this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I simply don't understand it, and somehow feel the need to post a counterpoint. I am NOT taking all this arguing seriously, no moreso than I am taking the Grom seriously. I just read and post here for entertainment, much like everybody else.

    But really this thing is sized for kids. A '70s 50cc pedal moped is sized more appropriately for an adult.
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    Im in. I may look like a monkey fuckin a football riding it, but, im in.
  16. minimotos95

    minimotos95 Battleing MADD with pedal power

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    Some people cannot stand small bikes others like me enjoy them even more then their bigger alternatives. Think about this how often do you get to crack open the throttle of your big bike without worrying about stuff like if there's a cop or.... even on smaller big bikes like my bandit a few seconds of "fun" is all it takes to get over 100mph and a reckless driving ticket or worse a meeting with a blind cager. Better fuel economy then most big bikes, sure you don't get hard luggage or underseat storage you can always throw on the saddlebags, a backpack and strap any extra stuff across the "passenger" seat.
    Who cares how you look when you're having fun for 4¢ or less a mile....
    Of course it is possible that honda could make the grom boring
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    This is not a mini bike like every one thinks. Its seat height is .8" lower than the cbr250 and its wheel base is 6" shorter than the cbr as well.

    All I know is that this thing is going to be serious FUN!!! Im going to need an oil cooler though with the 180 big bore :evil


    Im so ready to take this thing to the track!!!!!
  18. klaviator

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    This has been an interesting thread to follow. Personally, I just don't see this as a good replacement for a small scooter. It just doesn't have the storage or practicality of a scooter. I bought my Super 8 so that I could have something fun to ride AND practical enough to use for commuting, running errands, etc. I don't see the Grom as being very practical.

    Having said that, I do like small bikes and can see that the Grom will most likely be a blast to ride. So, the logical thing to do would be to get one of these things AND keep the scooter.:evil

    If this thing sells well, there will be other manufacturers jumping in on the small, inexpensive, and fun bandwagon. I also wouldn't be surprised to see a 250cc version. All of this would be a good thing and a nice change from the trend toward ever increasing size, weight, complexity, and cost of motorcycles that has been the norm for many years.
  19. minimotos95

    minimotos95 Battleing MADD with pedal power

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    Yup, it's size is almost identical to the pitster LXM 12"... you will be looking down at harley riders but up at sportbikes. It has a 3" shorter wheelbase and 2" bigger wheels then the zuma 50 f but otherwise they are pretty close
  20. JerryH

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    I love small bikes. Just not THAT small. It's too small to be worth anything to an adult. I have a 225cc motorcycle, a 150cc scooter, two 125cc scooters, and a 50cc pedal moped. I consider them small bikes, but I actually fit on them.

    As for a 250cc version, there have been a couple of 250cc supermotos available for awhile (CRF230SM, KLX250M) and they didn't sell despite being full sized bikes with full sized frames that fit full sized adults (I would likely have bought one if not for the tube type tires) I agree the displacement thing has gotten out of hand, along with speed and power. Smaller bikes to me are a lot more fun. But by smaller I mean smaller displacement, with less speed and power, and a lot less weight, but still suitable for someone my size (somewhat large, I wear XXL t-shirts and helmets). I had a Honda Rebel 250 that was to small for me, but I also had a Kawasaki Eliminator 125, with half the displacement that was a perfect fit. Displacement and physical size of the bike do not always go hand in hand.