Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Why the Honda Grom makes so much sense


There’s no inherent malice or preconceived notions when it comes to Groms. If your grandma sees a leather-clad Harley rider, she might think he’s some sort of scofflaw, out to rape and pillage. If she sees a would-be Power Ranger on a sportbike, she might think he’s off to do wheelies in traffic and get in police chases. But a man on a Grom? She’ll just laugh at him, and tell him to be careful.

There’s something to be said for riding something with absolutely no pretensions of grandeur. Everyone else is faster or has a better pedigree. But it simply doesn’t matter. The only objective of the Grom is to be fun. Not fast, not loud, not well handling, just fun.

Oh sure, you can bolt on everything from Ohlins suspension, to Akrapovic exhausts, to full turbo kits, but that almost makes it funnier. It’s like throwing racing slicks and a big wing on a Smart Fortwo. Utterly pointless, but in the best way possible.

Over the years, I've ridden all sorts of bikes from mopeds up to sportbikes. My bike is a V4 1200cc adventure bike producing 134BHP. Kim's Grom is a single cylinder 125cc producing 9BHP. However... I've said it once, I've said it a million times: you will have more fun on a Grom than in any car or pretty much any bike. It's a fabulous creation. Try it, you'll buy it!