We already covered the Honda MSX125 monkey bike when it debuted at the start of this year, and at the time we knew that the tiny street-terror would be a world market machine. Confirming our hopes at the time of its launch, Honda Motor Corp. has announced that it intends to bring the MSX125 to the United States, renaming it the Honda Grom.
The 2013 Honda Grom will come with just under 10hp, and features a four-speed gearbox that is mated to a 125cc single-cylinder motor, which comes from the common-parts bin of the Japanese company’s popular Honda Wave 125i scooter. Fuel-injected, 225 lbs at the curb when topped-off with its 1.45 gallons of fuel, and priced at $2,999 MSRP, we think Honda hit its mark with an affordable, bulletproof, and fun grocery-getter.
Track day enthusiasts, we have found your perfect pit bike; new riders, we have the ideal machine for you to cut your teeth on, while still being “cool” in the eyes of your more experienced riding friends; and for those who are vertically challenged, your 29.7 inch inseam machine is ready. More photos after the jump, but note America will only be getting the red & black models.
|Engine Type:||124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore and Stroke:||52.4mm x 57.9mm|
|Valve Train:||SOHC; two valves per cylinder|
|Induction:||PGM-FI with automatic enrichment|
|Suspension||Front: 31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches travel|
Rear: Single shock with steel box-section swingarm; 4.1 inches travel
|Brakes||Front: Single 220mm disc with hydraulic dual-piston caliper|
Rear: Single 190mm disc with hydraulic single-piston caliper
|Rake (Caster Angle):||25° 0’.|
|Trail:||81mm (3.2 inches)|
|Seat Height:||29.7 inches|
|Fuel Capacity:||1.45 gallons|
|Fuel Economy Estimate**:||TBD|
|Colors:||Pearl Red, Metallic Black|
|Curb Weight*:||225 pounds|
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.
**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Meets current CARB and EPA off-road emissions standards.
Photos the 2013 Honda MSX125: