Ask anyone who’s ridden a Honda Grom, and they’ll tell you it’s ridiculous fun. Perhaps the most fun you can have on two wheels.
It only weighs 225 pounds (102 kilos), so the 125 cc single offers plenty enough snap—enough to get you up to an indicated 70 mph. And since a new Grom costs only $3,200, it’s possible to customize it without breaking the bank.
The white ‘Streetfighter’ bike looks like a mini Ducati Monster—and over short distances, probably has the performance to match. (For longer distance travel, MAD Industries has built a custom Honda HR-V and trailer for stylish hauling).
The fuel-injected engine has been bumped up to 204cc by Grom hop-up specialists FinBro Garage. New internals include a big valve kit, and a forged piston and connecting rod.
Fuel economy takes a hit, because there’s now a 34mm upgraded throttle body and a high-flow injector. There’s also a new intake and exhaust from Brocks Performance, and a custom ECU to keep the fancy hardware running sweet.
A lowering kit drops the bike a couple of inches, and there’s a stretched swingarm worthy of a dragbike.
More familiar names are Öhlins (shock and steering damper), and Brembo and Galfer for the brakes. The tires are Pirelli Diablos—but the 12-inch scooter fitment.
If that’s not wild enough for you, then the second machine should appeal. On this one, the gas tank remains stock, but that’s about all.
At first glance it looks like a squashed Lego sportbike. It’s been lowered a whole six inches, which puts the seat height at about 24 inches. (The standard Grom is surprisingly high at 29.7 inches.)
On top of the usual MAD Industries and ComposiMo mods, this one’s running a fork kit and Brembo brake calipers from Makoa Scooters.
We love the Rigid Industries SR2 Hyperspot light bars too—a set of super-bright LEDs that can be configured as hi- and lo-beam.
There’s also a custom seat and carbon fibre belly pan, plus racing rearsets from Woodcraft Technologies for that authentic sportbike riding position.
Judging by the number of companies now offering hot rod parts for the Grom, it looks like the Ruckus may lose its position as the king of the compact custom scene.
It also looks like the coolest street bike made by Honda is also the smallest…