We’re not exactly sure what category the 2014 Honda Grom fits in. It’s 12 inch wheels remind us of Honda NSR 50 and NSF 100 mini bikes which are great beginner mini bikes to get into motorcycle racing. Although it is too big for a monkey bike; a heck of a lot sportier than a scooter; and about 3/4 the size of a conventional street motorcycle. Basically, it’s a small bike with big bike looks and a smattering of big bike features to boot.
Why not just get a big bike? Because smaller bikes means you can take it into tighter spaces, apart from giving you plenty more options for parking. Plus, the smaller engine means a heck of lot of gas savings for everyday commutes. Why not a scooter, then? Because scooters just aren’t half as fun, while this thing brings “all the excitement of a full-sized motorcycle” to go with its smaller frame.
The 2014 Honda Grom has a wheelbase of 47.4 inches and a seat height of 29.7 inches, with a curb weight of 225 pounds. Like many underpowered scooters, it runs on a 124.9cc single-cylinder engine with a four-speed manual transmission, allowing it to hit top speeds of up to 70 mph and an estimated gas mileage of 100 mpg. Unlike them, though, it comes with form and bodywork reminiscent of pit bikes and all the attitude that goes with that. Details include an inverted fork with 3.9 inches of travel, a box section swingarm with a single shock that yields 4.1 inches of travel, hydraulic disc brakes, a projector-style headlamp, and a curb weight of 225 pounds.
Also called the Honda MSX125 in other parts of the world, the 2014 Honda Grom is available now, priced at $2,999.