Small.. yet fierce!!
I've owned two Honda Groms with my time on earth and would have to say is the best learner approved bike to start out on, considering the size of the bike it has a big heart and will go on and on if maintained correctly, perfect commuter bike as it's very nimble and enjoyable to ride. Being a 125cc it's not the fastest thing on the road but has the capability to get you where you need to go. I didn't believe they were as good as they are until we decided to ride one each from Adelaide to Philip island and back for the MotoGP of course, the trip...was unlike anything else I've experienced! The two groms held their own for the whole way and we both encountered no problems even though they were at full throttle for the most part of the trip, only recommendation would be aftermarket chains if you're not into adjusting them every 500-1000 kilometres, o-ring chain would create more drag but will last longer. I believe our top speed was just under 110kph, Speedo was out by 10+ kph as we found out by speed check. For what they are and how much you pay for them, by far the best bang for buck bike for fun and enjoyment in any adventure you may run in to. Solid 7.5/10 for a city commuter bike. 2.25/10 for highway travel, can still say we did it but would never do it again. Build quality is ok, it's a budget bike so you're not going to get the best finish. All round just a fun nimble bike to ride with your friends.
Purchased in June 2019 at Private for A$2,500.00.
Great city bike
I had quite a few bikes, Triumph Bonnevilles, Kawazaki W, and more recently a Harley 1200 Nightster. I sold the Harley and bought a second hand Grom 2016 a few months later. The experience had been great, this such a great city bike and really bring the fun back into riding. Like the Harley though, the rear suspensions are rubbish and what bring a big smile to my face while I'm riding it is instantly taken back when I try to lock my helmet under the seat. Almost a perfect but who is the idiot (I rarely use that word) that design the seat lock?! Maybe a 200/250cc version in the future? 4/5
Purchased for A$3,000.00.
Great except for the small wheels
My daughter just bought a low km example, in pretty much as new condition. I checked it right over and couldn't find a scratch on it with 3000km on the clock. It's only a 125 so a little underpowered IMO. Perfectly fine for town use with short amounts of 90km/h zones. No good for any higher speed limits. My main dislike is the tiny wheels which feel odd mid corner with less gyroscopic effect than larger wheels. It's not as good as a normal bike, ie: a CB125. If you want one then buy one.
Purchased in June 2019.
Great fun and genuinely practical
I agree with everyone else, this is a great eat little bike. It has a fairly high spec for a cheap bike too. Disc brakes front and rear, digital instuments with tacho, clock and 2 trip meters. The fuel Injection gives over 40kms to the litre where a CB125E would rerurn 37kms on the same route.
Its hard to fault but the footrest rubbers are a bit squishy under your feet and the seat us a bit uncomfortable after 30 mins. The rear suspension is a bit bouncy but not too bad considering the price if the bike.
I've been riding for more than 40...years and own other bikes but really rate this bike for fun for the price. Who said you need crazy power and 1000cc to have fun? Everyone should have one of these in the garage. Cheap to buy and register, Honda quality, ridiculously economical and will bring a smile to your face every time you ride it. I've only given 4 stars as I haven't owned the Grom long enough to comment on longer term issues.
this thing is damn awesome its like riding a unicorn
i brought the 2016 model for 3k at 1,800kms with a two brothers exhaust and damn it sounds so goood! when you take the baffle out i've put on over 10,000kms since i've had it in the last year, and if your not very mature like myself but still enjoys pulling wheelies this might be the bike for you. yes its slow taking off and lane splitting can be scary at 80kms between 2 cars but holy jesus Christ this is the most funnest bike you'll own
My little green monster.
Bought a Grom because I'm fairly short (5'1") and needed something small to be able to manage. Love the green color of the fairings which seem out there and also acts to improve rider visibility. Very fun to ride, however lacks real oomph and power which is expected for a 125cc. Have clocked it at 110km with minimal wind resistance. The Grom keeps you in a comfortable upright sitting position. Overall it meets my expectations and also fulfills my riding needs, its no drag racing motorbike but it does its job and can generally keep up with the traffic.
So fun.. So cheap!
This bike is really cheap considering how much fun you have on it. Purchased one nearly 6 months ago and I can't get enough of it. So easy to ride, and very comfortable - good enough for long distance unlike other bikes. The bright colours make it stand out and is often pointed out for its great looks!
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Awesome little bike. Turns heads everywhere. Smiles all around
Such a fun bike to ride. Wanna save money? Then buy a grom. Everything is literally cheap for this bike. It's cost me no more then $6 for a full tank of fuel and most times getting 250kms per tank. Nearing $40 worth of fuel had taken me about 2500kms. Insurance is $25 a month for full coverage. Servicing the bike is cheap, first service at 1000kms cost me $130 which included oil change, checking the plug and a valve adjustment and so on. Will be going for another service soon. Everyone loves the bike on the road and recieve thumbs up all the ti...me. It's an easy bike to ride and handles in the corners real well too. Never regret buying a grom and only at $3,700 it's hard to say no. LED head light works really well at night and the LED brake light makes you be seen from behind. Have done a few little mods to mine (new mirrors, airbox mod, phone holder, new horn and a yoshi tail light tidy) and hasn't cost me that much and it looks even better. It's a great bike for around town. I'd be abit worried taking it on the freeway just because the top speed is very low and that due to me being a bigger guy plus the weight of my gear it struggles slightly up bigger hills. There are plenty of mods to fix that (big bore kit, cams, exhaust, tune and the list goes on) which aren't to expensive but I'm not keen on taking mine that far. The speedometer gauge is about 10% out which can be quite annoying so your always having to adjust your speed higher then what it actually is. I've worked this out against my car while my wife was driving (gauge is 100% accurate) and against a gps. It may say your doing 103kph but really only 92kph. And that's about how fast mines ever gone stock. Nothing major to worry about though but really only those small things and the bike is perfect. I love it
Go you good thing
I have just purchased the Grom, having sold my Ducati Hpermotard two years ago. The Ducati being an animal of a machine and a lot of fun to ride, but it was so easy to open the throttle and kill yourself on it. Given I only travel 10kms to work the Ducati was overkill. I also rode a Vespa prior to the Ducati.
Walking past the dealer last week I went in without hesitating and purchased a red Grom. The only option I had added as a TBR Exhaust for $700. Well worth the spend because if people can't see me, they sure can hear me. On my tra...vel over the Anzac bridge I often give the little Grom a rev to ensure I am noticed when stuck in the blind spot. The exhaust sounds fantastic and while it may not provide much additional power it was worth every cent. To me the Grom is a mix of Vespa and Hypermotard. It has the aggressive nature of a Ducati Hyper but the ease of riding of a Vesap (although the practicality of a Hyper). As far as speed, well, its no rocket but can hold its own. The good thing is that when I am inclined to open the throttle, unlike the Ducati I am not on a death wish. The Grom is pure fun through the back streets and a great little machine that you can take to the limit. My Grom has one hell of a bark, but less of a bite. When I pulled up at the petrol station I felt like a tight wad given I handed over $6 that pretty much filled the tank to the amusement of the attendant. Good thing is I wont need to pull in there for a few week! Amy I happy with my purchase...hell yes (so far anyway).
Awesome little machine!
I was in two minds whether to buy this bike as thought I would look a bit ridiculous on it and I was a bit concerned about crossing the Harbour Bridge each day on something so small in both capacity and stature.
Bought it anyway, and I probably do (look ridiculous), but it really is the most fun you can have on two wheels while keeping your licence intact. "Proper bike" ergonomics mean everyone should fit and it handles so solidly and predictably you forget you are rolling along on 12 inch tyres. It will sit flat out at about 100kmh and cr...uise at 80kmh. Around town the traffic light grand prix doesn't pose a problem unless the cars are really trying (although bikes are another story) Standard Honda fit, finish and reliability and lovely quality touches like the gold upside down forks. Seen a few bad reviews on the OEM tyres but I haven't had a problem yet, wet or dry. I bought the bright yellow one as i was a little concerned around the visibility in traffic on something so small - again, not had a problem yet. The filtering capabilities of this little bike are second to none and people just smile as you pass... In short if you want a bike you can really get away with being as naughty as you like on, with simply incredible economy and grins per mile, you cant go wrong with a Grom. Better buy a black visor too, to hide the manic laughter as you commute to work!
Sure is more smiles per gallon
At $4000 it is not the cheapest 125cc naked lams bike in the market. But add 10hp, 11NM torqure, 104 kgs wet weight, 220kms from 5.5L tank, 40Kmpl or 2.5L/ 100kms, front and rear disc brakes, upsidedown forks and you have a perfect motorcycle for the city. Capable of doing 120 kmph before rev limiter kicks in, but lacks the power to do that. A bit of up hill or bit of wind will bring you down to 80kmph on the freeway. It is very happy to be between 70 to 80kmph in top gear. 1st gear top speed 35kmph, 2nd 75kmph, 3rd 95kmph and 4th 120kmph. Lane...filtering is a breeze. Can take off from the lights faster than most cars. Seats are soft enough for short rides. Loads of aftermarket parts available at low price. Cheap on fuel, insurance, rego and ctp. Light and nimble. Small 12 inch tyres (120 front, 130 rear) are grippy. Good brakes and the list goes on. Head lamp could be brighter, fuel tank could be bigger and not enough room for a pillion. When you see one you will laugh at it, when you jump on and ride one you will be laughing all the way. Good learner bike. Buy looks ridiculously tiny for anyone big. Not enough leg room for anyone taller than 5'10". Enough said, ride one and you will either love it a lot or hate it. But surely will make you smile.
Questions & Answers
I notice the Honda Grom has the facilities to carry a pillion passenger but is it practical for 2 average size adults ?
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