Honda Grom Review (2016)
What Is It?
The Honda Grom is a mini naked bike with great potential for customisation. It's powered by an air-cooled 124.9 cc two valve single cylinder engine, producing 9.7 bhp at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque at 5,500 rpm.
- Seat Height: Low (765 mm / 30.1 inches)
- Weight: Light (102 kg / 225 lbs)
- Economy: Very good (110 mpg / 2.6 l/100km / 38.9 km/l)
- Range: Average (130 miles / 209 km)
- Power to Weight: Low (0.098 bhp/kg / 0.073 kW/kg)
- Top Speed: Average (65 mph / 105 km/h)
What Is It Like?
I’ve owned my Honda MSX125 for almost two years. I purchased it back in October 2016 and ever since then it’s never failed to put a smile on my face or amaze me.
I’ve always wanted to own a Grom ever since the first generation launched in 2013. I currently ride mine on a CBT and I’ve been riding bikes and quads from a young age so it’s kind of in my blood. I love the quirky design of the Honda MSX.
I use mine daily to commute around 40 miles to and from work. The main reason is that it's just a great little commuter, with a good riding position, it's very comfortable and just so much fun to ride.
It’s also very economical. I get around 110 miles to a full tank which holds around a gallon of fuel. I run it on super unleaded fuel and it costs me around £5 to fuel up, £17 tax per year and it's cheap to insure makes it well worth a buy.
The bike has now done 4,500 miles and is about ready for a new back tyre. I’ve never had any problems with the factory tyres but will be upgrading to Michelin Power Pure, which have two compound technology with a hard centre with soft walls because I do a lot of straight A roads while commuting to work.
When I bought the bike it was pretty much standard, the only modifications were a tail tidy and a front mudguard extension which is great because it keeps all the mucky road grime from your engine.
Since I’ve owned the bike I’ve made a few mods with plenty more planned but here’s a list of what I’ve done:
- Full Yoshimura RS-2 mini exhaust system
- Small fully adjustable brake and clutch levers
- Gold DID chain and new sprockets
- Fly screen
- Tail tidy
- Front mud guard extension
I also want to get a belly pan, new smaller indicators and possibly a wrap in the near future.
- Great fuel economy
- Easy to ride
- Light and nimble around town
- Poor quality chain
- Aaron B, 2018
Gear & Accessories
Honda Monkey - The popular retro version of the Grom.
The Second Opinion
It's small, easy to manoeuvre, quick round town and gets in between cars where other bikes can't, cheap to run and looks great. It's also suitable for taller people; I'm 6'2 and have no problem.
It's slow but you know it is when you buy it and it always feels like it needs an extra gear. You don't buy a Grom to go fast though! Other than this I love the bike.
I have the V2 fairing kit from msx125accessories.com which costs £100 shipped and it just makes the bike look awesome. The Zoom non loop exhaust gives a great sound, with better throttle response and low to mid range power.
Front sprocket - 1 tooth gave me an extra 5mph at top end meaning 60mph is easily achieved, so I'm not slowing traffic down on main roads. Also a Rose joint gear selector joint. The original is just a little hit'n'miss sometimes and this helps gear selection be solid every time.
To Sum Up
It would be nice to see more Groms on the road around my area as at the moment I'm one of two people with one. The Grom is an awesome bike; it does what it does best and that is a quick little get about for all types of rider.
- Phillip W, 2019
A Few More Thoughts
Honda Grom 2018
Tell us a bit about you
I'm a 44 year old male, 5'9", with 25 years riding experience. My bikes have included the Kawasaki Ninja 750cc, Triumph Speedmaster, Honda CRF250, Kawasaki KLE 500cc and Honda Grom.
Why did you choose it?
It's an amazing little bike.
What is good about it?
- Cheap to run, MOT and tax
- Best bike I've owned
- Awesome engine
- Cool and small
- Tons of fun
What could be improved?
It really needs a 5th gear, which has been added to the later model.
Any mods or upgrades?
Is it comfortable?
Yes, too a degree.
How reliable have you found it?
I have a short commute, so very reliable.
What's the servicing frequency and cost like?
To Sum Up
Amazing, the best Honda to date!
- Thomas R, 2021