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TAT 2018 - Honda Grom Edition

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by victay, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. simi.d

    simi.d Enthusiastic Noob

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    Never got around to buying any spray... and still bummed we didn't see any bears! The billies were pretty cool though.. even the shirtless ones packing heat were friendly :)
  2. Brainflex

    Brainflex Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I obviously missed that bit. Just wondered.
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  3. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    It was probably your accent that saved you from...

    Deliverance :uhoh
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  4. Kyron

    Kyron Oncler Inds

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    Or doesn’t have a purttey mouth...
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  5. OBIWAN

    OBIWAN Been here awhile

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    Naa, that tweren't no billy. Just probably a good ol boy, Never meaning any harm. His piece was to make sure he didn't have to take any crap from any 2 or 4 leg vermin or the slithering kind either. You know Big Foot has been seen in those areas you visited.
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  6. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    Thanks for an awesome read and watch. I just got home from riding with my wife across Canada and back, so I have a couple of vids to catch up on. Looking forward to watching them and then watching all of them again.
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  7. Convoluto

    Convoluto Adventurer

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    Hey, I'm still on page 14 of this RR, but I just wanted to tell klaviator that this photo is bliss! So thank you.
  8. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    As I suspected last year, this trip has me likely headed to getting a Grom to terrorize the city with. :D
  9. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    When I took my multi-day MSF course before getting my motorcycle endorsement, I used a Grom for the entire course. It was hysterically fun, and almost like cheating. I would 100% get one for city use!
  10. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    The latest issue of Rider Magazine has a commercial from Shinko that has a pic of a Grom with Shinko Knobbies on it. Of course I thought of Vicki and Simon when I saw it!
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  11. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I'm currently in discussion with a dealer. No sidewalk or coffee patio will be safe again.
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  12. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    I sense potential for an advertising deal for them. Licensing out some of their photos for tire manufacturers to use in their ads, perhaps? OR, for Honda to use as Grom promotional material? :ricky
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  13. simi.d

    simi.d Enthusiastic Noob

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    Just fitted the Mobbers... Doubt they will last long on the road but they should be great off it... and they look awesome :D Serious knobbies

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  14. simi.d

    simi.d Enthusiastic Noob

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    Once you Go Grom... :rofl
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  15. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I picked up my 2017 model in the fall of 16 & my 2018 last October. $4000 OTD both times FWIW

    Of course I have added a few farkles to both & now The_Filly wants side cases like I have on my 2018. They are a "giggle fuck" to ride

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  16. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    I was planning on using the Dunlop D604 when I wear out my stock rubber

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  17. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Night_Wolf, what is your comfortable cruising speed when you get that bike loaded? Looks great! Thanks
  18. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Leg Humper

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    Thanks; I am happy with how it's turned out so far. Top speed currently is 90 kmh on flat ground with a tailwind. Any headwind at all & it's s struggle, which is why I have a 143 cc Big Bore kit waiting to be installed. I'm hoping the kit with a bigger fuel injector too, will allow me to maintain 90 kmh on some of the mountain passes around here. My speedo is out just about 15% according to the GPS & the best I have seen is 100 kmh down a long hill, but was barely holding 50 kmh up the other side.

    A welding buddy of mine fabricated the side racks in an afternoon & the cases are a Cdn Tire copy of the Pelican 1500, which happens to be on sale this week for $74.99. I think the windshield helps smooth the airflow around the rider vs the full wind blast, catching the rider full on. The exhaust switch saved 8 lbs, which was used by the luggage :hide. Range is in the 275 km range according to my calculations for the 5.5 liter tank. I have a Seat Concepts seat & while it's miles better than the stock seat; it still sucks, not just as much as the stock does (The_Filly loves the stock seat, but I'm used to the Corbin seats I have had on 3 different bikes
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  19. NOVA_F850GSA

    NOVA_F850GSA Stogie smokin' Whiskey drankin' Suthirn' "Outlaw"

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    My heros!
  20. Bucket Boy

    Bucket Boy The other mechanic

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    How many miles did you get out of the Maxxis ones?