Talk me out of buying a GROM.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by theshnizzle, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I dunno....I just want one. Looks like boatload of fun. Never ridden one though.....
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  2. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    Lmao!
    Just get it already... ride it for a year and then give it to your kid :)
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  3. AwDang

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    Bought one, rode it for a weekend and sold it.
    Felt like an idiot
    There are better human sized options for the lightweight fun bike
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  4. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Inactive User

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    Case closed.
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  5. shoeb

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    Monkey's cuter. There go you! :thumbup
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  6. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Souped-Up Weasel

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    They're just not that fun. I thought it would be, but it's not. (Note: This opinion is from a relatively short ride but I really don't think it would have grown on me.)

    A 150 cc scooter is just as fast, equally fun, and actually functional.
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  7. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    The Grom and other tiny bikes like the Z125, Monkey bike and Super cub look like they would be an absolute blast to ride but you have to ask yourself, how much would you actually ride it? Do you live near some twisty roads that would be suitable for a Grom? Could you use it for local commuting?

    I went with a small scooter because it replaces my cage around town and I can take it to the mountains and have a blast on the tight stuff. I have owned my latest 150cc scooter about 8 months and have ridden over 4700 miles on it.

    So why a Grom over a scooter? It would be much better for riding the TAT: https://advrider.com/f/threads/tat-2018-honda-grom-edition.1324638/

    A lot of people have bought tiny bikes and bored of them quickly. Others haven't. Which one would you be?

    Should you buy a Tiny bike? Absolutely but you should consider a 125-155cc scooter as well as a Grom.
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  8. strommonster

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    Rent one. See if it is for you. Eagle Rider has some I think.
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  9. Hamamelis

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    They're a total blast if you live somewhere where >90% of your commuting options are below 45 mph/70 kmh. When I visited Bangkok they were by far the most popular motorcycle (though still outnumbered by Cub-style scooters)

    Short wheelbase and surprisingly tall seat height, makes them very flickable and adept as a hooligan bike. Half supermoto, half Cub, all Honda at their best.

    I got a CRF250L instead because I can only have one, and need more highway flexibility, but if I had an actual garage and wanted a pure city bike...
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    Solid advice

    Pretty much every year we do a big family beach vacation. I always thought it would be super fun to have pair of little scooters or groms or something. Easy fun bikes that most people in the group could enjoy. If I had a closer city commute I think I could drop the money for one.
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  12. davidji

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    They are fun. Not freeway legal in my state, but I think they are in most US states.

    Last year I was pretty tempted to buy a TNT 135. Same class of bike anyway.
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  13. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    I think that's true. Unfortunately used prices around here don't reflect that. Often higher than MSRP. At least we can buy them brand new.
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  14. windmill

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    I had a YSR50 back in the 80's, and it was a blast, but still I only had it less than a year.
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  15. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    They're fun but they don't fit. Unless you're under five-two, you'll get tired of the cramped position, fast.

    They're also speed limited; and that will DRASTICALLY limit your use. Fitting even soft bags on them is a pain and problem.

    You should get one, though, to learn for yourself. Used. Watch the CL ads - people tire of them quickly, as noted above.
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    They make really good pit bikes, but I probably wouldn't ride it much on the street. I have some 45-55 mph zones between me and town, which means cars travel at 65-75 mph.

    Around a small town they might be pretty useful.
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  17. * SHAG *

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    Too small to have fun on :hide
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  18. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Souped-Up Weasel

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    Man, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that ...
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  19. gateman

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    I likeem. Had one or two negatives then looked more closley at those who offered their ounce of opinion and saw the problem.
    It was not the GROM.
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  20. rd400racer

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    The WERA guys that race them seem to have blast. But I have to go with the fact that it cost about the same as a Yamaha SR400 (used of course) and I'd rather have the SR in the long run.
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