After being taunted by all sorts of hilarious looking shenanigans by riders in the US and abroad, Honda’s GROM has been officially confirmed for a mid-2016 launch in Australia.
In recent years new motorcycles have seemingly got more-and-more serious with each model launch. Additional rider modes here, more weight there and horsepower figures that now don’t even get noticed unless they start with a two. The GROM is the antithesis of this trend.
Powered by a 2-valve 125cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine with a 4-speed manual transmission, the GROM features just what you need and nothing you don’t. It’s got upside down forks, disc brakes and that previously mentioned transmission has a hand operated clutch just to make those mono’s a little easier. All of this in a package that weighs not much more than 100kg.
Oh, and did I mention that in its launch year of 2014 it was named MotoUSA’s bike of the year? A pretty massive achievement for a bike that tops out at 110km/h and it’s even more impressive when you consider the 2015 winner was the 300hp Kawasaki H2R…
Honda has had a pretty uninspiring line-up down under for a few years now. The CBR1000RR has had one foot out the door for at least the past three years – and apart from the recent Africa Twin launch – there hasn’t been a whole lot to excite Aussie Honda fans. Until now.
Now don’t get me wrong, the GROM won’t be for everyone and it probably couldn’t be your only bike. But it’s a refreshing injection of ‘fun’ into the Australian bike market. If its popularity in the US is anything to go by then it should open up a huge custom and race scene too.
There hasn’t been any mention of pricing yet but expect a sub $4k entry if scooters like Yamaha’s BeeWee 125 are anything to go off. I’ll have mine in Hyper Yellow thanks.