Over the years, motorcycles have evolved into bigger machines from the 250cc error to 500cc and 600cc versions. Electronic features such as traction control, digital displays and ABS have seen simple designs attain complexity layers.
The recent Kawasaki presentation which saw the data analysis from the Motorcycle Industry Council released, reported a 127% growth in sector one (Small Street.)
Vice President Ty Van Hooydonk of the Motorcycle Industry Council-Communications Department said products in the 400 and under-size sector has seen an increase meaning brands are taking note of the market niche which gives them an opportunity to fill it with cooler bikes. First-time riders and buyers are getting attracted to buy Kawasaki’s Ninja 300, 390 Duke from KTM, CBR300R from Honda, Yamaha’s R3 with the reason being the comfortability and easy-to-handle features that the bikes offer accompanied with high horsepower.
Top rated brands such as Ducati and BMW have also taken note of the evolving biking world, with the latest creation from BMW being the G 310 R (313cc naked bike) which will enter the market early next year. Ducati also recently revealed their retro-style Scrambler-400cc version.
However, the 125cc Honda Grom stands out among them as the most fan wrapped in the smallest package possible.
One can mistake the Honda Grom for a scooter. Having made its way into the market in 2014, the fun ride has gotten some cosmetic rehabilitation for 2016. It still maintains the single cylinder air-cooled engine present in the Honda’s wave scooter, but contrary to the scooter’s system, power gets transmitted to the back wheel through a sturdy four-speed transmission. Unlike the company’s scooter, the manual transmission requires a certified motorcycle license to enjoy the version.
It features a 29.7-inch seat with high-end touches rare to find on a motorcycle with starting prices as low as $3,199. The brakes comprise of hydraulic discs instead of the low-quality drums. An inverted fork found on top-rated bikes gets utilized by the front suspension while offering a remarkable 3.9-inch travel with the rear mono shock providing 4.1-inch travel. It’s also fitted with a digital instrument cluster. While the suspension isn’t that of Ohlins and brakes not that of Brembos, they sure do look like and feel like them. And even though it might be on the lower side of the dollar, it sure feels expensive.
The Grom offers 125cc enough to get you on your way with confidence with a wheelie even possible for the more stunt-driven fanatics and also features a spectacular 134 mpg.
The seats are narrow which might not provide the best of comforts with the side mirrors seating close to one’s body rendering them not that relevant.
In tight spaces and when in low speed, it offers excellent performance.
However, it’s not advisable to take it on the highway as its suggested top speed sits at 56 mph.
The Grom features a light clutch with responsive gears adequate to have the 225-pound machinery come to a halt.
All these little quibbles don’t really dent the awesomeness of the Grom as it still offers a blast experience providing you with that happy place even if it’s just for an hour.
Even though it might not be the real deal, it certainly offers an incredible experience like that of the real motorcycle and will ensure that your excursions around the city are a success. Mastering the basics on the Grom will definitely see you craving for bigger bikes.