The 2014 Honda Grom is scheduled to be available in the United States in August and will be priced at $2,999. Originally announced in January and known in other markets as the MSX125 Monkey Bike, this new 125cc bike will come in two different colors: Metallic Black and Pearl Red.
The all-new Honda Grom “is a fresh, new way to add some fun, practicality, independence and style to your life”. It is powered by the same fuel-injected 125cc single-cylinder engine as Honda Wave 125i scooter which popular in Asia. Although there’s no word on any performance numbers for Grom, Honda claims the fuel-injected 125cc engine delivers lots of torque. When it’s fitted to the MSX125, the engine paired with a four-speed transmission generates 9.7 hp at 7000 rpm and 8.0 ft-lb. at 5,500 rpm.
Like the MSX125 Monkey Bike, the Honda Grom for American buyers uses an all-new, steel mono-backbone frame along with a new patented split-structure tank and the stylized plastic bodywork.
The 2014 Honda Grom sits on the 12-inch wheels wrapped in a 120/70-12 tire up front and a 130/70-12 tire at the rear, and equipped with a 220mm disc with dual-piston caliper and a 190mm disc with a single-piston caliper, respectively. The Honda Grom offers up a seat height of 29.7 inches and has a light curb weight of 225 pounds.
For suspension, up front the bike uses a 31mm inverted fork with 3.9 inches of travel, while the rear gets single-shock package with 4.1 inches of travel. Other features of this scooter alternative include a projector beam headlight, LED taillight, a 1.45-gallon tank, as well as a multi-function LCD display with digital speedometer and tachometer.
The 2014 Honda Grom will be manufactured in Honda’s Taiwan plant.