Detailed 2017 Honda Grom 125 Review of Specs & Changes – Announcement for USA!

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It’s official! Honda has just made the 2017 Honda Grom announcement that it will be returning to the 2017 motorcycle model lineup. With Honda not building a 2016 Grom, some were worried that Honda would be discontinuing the Grom.

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Not to toot my own horn or anything but if you follow my blog, you’ll see that I posted up months ago that the Grom would be returning for 2017 and with all of the changes carrying over from the 2016 Honda MSX 125 (GromSF). Want to check out my posts from the last few months about the 2017 Honda Grom and my “sneak peeks” etc? You can flip through them by Clicking Here.

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The Grom carries on Honda’s long tradition of creating fun, appealing small-wheeled leisure motorcycles, which started with the original Monkey bike of 1963, and continued with the Dax and the Ape. Since its release in 2013 as a 2014 model, the Grom has earned worldwide popularity, with over 300,000 units sold to date as of a few months ago. Its exceptionally fuel-efficient air-cooled 125cc engine, quirky looks and nimble handling have attracted entry-level riders, economy-conscious city commuters, camping vehicle owners, experienced riders, racers and other recreational riders alike. It has also gained popularity as the perfect paddock bike for race teams. Thankfully, Honda didn’t alter what is an already awesome package and make it worse as sometimes we see motorcycle manufacturers hit a home-run with a model, then turn around and do a redesign on the same model that backfired and watered down the bike etc etc.

  • 2017 Grom Price / MSRP – $3,199
  • 2017 Grom Release Date – August of 2016

2017 Honda Grom Performance Numbers / Rating:

  • 2017 Grom Horsepower – 9.7 HP @ 7,000 RPM
  • 2017 Grom Torque – 8.04 ft/lb TQ @ 5,500 RPM
  • 2017 Grom Miles Per Gallon – 134 MPG

Now for 2017, a redesign gives the Grom a sharper new attitude with more of a ‘mini-streetfighter’ feel. The new fuel tank and side panels integrate cleanly to give an edgier outlook; up front a unique, new stacked LED headlight gives the Grom a distinctive, ultra-modern face. The compact, upswept tail unit (with LED taillight), higher passenger seat and short, under-slung exhaust complete the bolder new look.

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Personally, I’m still on the fence in the “looks” department even though I’ve stared at these pictures countless times over the last couple months. I liked the kinda corky look I guess you could say on the previous 2015 & prior Honda Grom. It just had a weird look to it that made you stand back and think of how much fun you would have on it and not think to yourself “Oh look, it’s just a small cc version of a bigger motorcycle” similar to what Kawasaki just did with the 2017 Z125. To me, the Z125 has no personality as it just looks like a smaller brother to the larger Z1000 etc. Aesthetics are 100% opinion based though so not everyone is going to love and or hate the exact same thing on the styling topic. I was excited to order the 2017 Grom plastics and throw them on my 2014 Grom but the more I look at the new body style I’m not so sure I wanna go that route now. Who knows though, majority of the time any motorcycle that looks “eeeh” can turn out looking awesome in person – similar to what just happened with me and the all-new 2016 Africa Twin. I wasn’t a huge fan of it styling wise but after seeing it in person my opinion on the bike spun 180 and I absolutely love the way she looks in person.

2017 Kawasaki Z125 VS 2017 Grom 125… Who will end up #1 with the best selling mini-bike for 2017? My money is on the Grom and Mr. Honda said it best many many years ago – “Follow the Leader” haha.

After checking out the 2017 Honda Grom specs, pictures and video below – What do you guys think about the Grom changes for 2017? Is it a step in the right direction? 

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2017 Honda Grom 125 Review Contents:

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Model overview
  • 3. Key features
  • 4. Quick Overview of Features

1. Introduction

Easy to use, fun and functional, the original leisure motorcycle was defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic, small-wheeled Monkey bike and carried on – redefined for each respective generation – with the Dax and Ape. And it’s a formula that still has resonance for a completely new breed of young riders; known as ‘Generation Y’ in the USA, ‘Dek Neaw’ in Thailand and ‘Street-Kei’ in Japan, many of today’s teenagers, having grown up in the borderless, internet age share a culture, fashion and spirit that defies convention.

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Instinctively drawn to motorcycling, they need their first two-wheeled transport to be exciting but not unduly challenging, and want it to pack a design that makes them smile. They also have a desire to turn heads and be more than just a little bit different. Plus, given the usual financial pressures of starting out in life, all of this needs to be achieved as economically as possible.

For Honda the early acquisition and introduction to the quality and values of the brand is important – the youthful buyer of a small capacity leisure bike today could very likely be back for something much bigger tomorrow, and lifelong brand loyalty can often result.

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New look for 2017: Compact, easy to ride and practical thanks to full-sized motorcycle parts, the Grom was an instant worldwide success in 2013. It is designed for young riders, featuring an economical low-friction engine, four-speed gearbox plus an attitude and style like no other. For 2017, new, more angular design lines, unique stacked LED headlight and a compact, under-slung exhaust combine to give the Grom a sharper, new ‘mini streetfighter’ look that fully retains the charm of the original, but with added attitude!

To cater specifically for this generation of young riders, in 2013 Honda produced the Grom (also known as the MSX overseas which = Mini Street X-treme 125). A truly global product (and known as the “Grom” in Japan and USA), the Grom has been a hit across the world, in particular in Thailand where over a quarter of a million units have been sold. It’s everything expected of a Honda, in terms of performance, build quality and usability, but also wears a style and exudes an attitude all its own.

2. Model Overview

Manufactured in Thailand the Grom is small enough to be supremely manageable yet also has a fully-fledged feel thanks to some standard sized motorcycle parts. It is part mini-bike, part motorcycle with involving performance matched to confident handling and styling that combines a sense of fun with a tough, urban edge. For 2017, a thorough-going redesign gives the Grom an even sharper new attitude with more of a ‘mini-streetfighter’ feel from its new design lines, compact underslung exhaust and new stacked LED headlight.

The Grom’s well-proven and efficient 125cc fuel-injected engine provides smooth torque and power delivery, and also features a motorcycle-style four-speed gearbox and clutch. Complementing the powerplant is a compact chassis that features a sturdy steel frame, inverted front fork, monoshock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes front and rear and lightweight 12-inch wheels sporting wide, low profile tires.

Four patents were applied for through the original development of the Grom, focused around the split structure tank cover and frame, proof of just how seriously this bike is taken by Honda. Small it may be, but it in terms of worldwide sales, brand awareness and owner satisfaction, its impact has been large.

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3. Key Features

3.1 Chassis and styling

Priorities for the Grom’s chassis were threefold: it needed to provide the base for a practical bike that new riders could use – and park – with ease in an urban environment. But it also needed to be just as useable and enjoyable out-of-town, and also readily accept a pillion.

The comprehensive redesign for 2017 gives the Grom a sharper new attitude with more of a ‘mini-streetfighter’ feel. The new fuel tank and side panels integrate cleanly to give an edgier outlook; up front a unique, new stacked LED headlight gives the Grom a distinctive, ultra-modern face. The compact, upswept tail unit (with LED taillight), higher pillion seat and short, under-slung exhaust complete the bolder new look.

A steel mono-backbone frame has been employed. Its rigid, square-section tube joins the headstock directly to the swingarm pivot plates and every other part in effect hangs visibly from the frame, greatly contributing to the Grom’s minimalist look. Specifically tuned vertical/horizontal rigidity and flex in the swingarm pivot and engine hanger plates provides the perfect balance of comfort and confidence.

The new frame structure has also enabled efficient storage of PGM-FI-related components and electrical parts inside the tank cover without reducing fuel capacity 1.45 gallon. Wheelbase is a snug 47.2 inches, with rake and trail of 25⁰ and 3.2 inches and curb weight of 229 lbs. The Grom has a low 30 inch seat height making it very manageable; its size also ensures that motor home owners are sure to find it easy to load/unload, transport and use.

Another aim for the Grom was to provide ‘beyond class’ suspension quality. The 31mm inverted forks – a first for Honda on a 125cc motorcycle – reduces unsprung weight and thanks to the pistons’ greater pressure-bearing area (compared to a standard telescopic fork) offers improved damping feel throughout the stroke. The top and bottom yokes are full-sized, further enhancing handling and rider feel while a lightweight and robust single rear shock operates a simple and tough H-shape, 50mm x 25mm steel box section swingarm.

Fundamental to the Grom’s form and function are its 12-inch cast aluminum wheels, which feature wide 2.5-inch rims. New ‘Y’ shaped spokes not only look great they also save weight and the front 120/70-12 and 130/70-12 rear tires also inject a different dynamic, both in terms of looks and performance. Hydraulic dual piston front and single piston rear brake calipers work front 220mm and rear 190mm discs.

Easy to read for its compact size the LCD digital dash delivers all the information the rider needs – speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. Resetting the trip meters and clock, or alternation between odometer and trip meter is via switches either side of the display.

Suiting its individuality (and that of its owners) the 2017 Grom is available in four colors:

  • Matte Gray Metallic
  • Pearl White
  • Pearl Red
  • Bright Yellow

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3.2 Engine

The Grom’s 125cc two-valve air-cooled engine is based on one of Honda’s most well-proven power units; known for its fuel efficiency, ease of use and longevity. Further development of the engine for the Grom has resulted in improved fuel economy; the engine uses low-friction technology such as an offset cylinder and a roller-rocker arm for the valve gear. Reducing crank inertia has also resulted in improved throttle feel and a smooth power delivery.

Imparting a motorcycle feel to the Grom, the four-speed gearbox is managed via manual clutch and offers smooth and consistent gear changes. The 15T gearbox sprocket, 34T final drive sprocket and 12-inch wheels deliver lively around-town response plus the ability to travel slowly in a high gear – perfect for threading easily through tight traffic.

Sophisticated PGM-FI guarantees highly efficient combustion, and works in conjunction with both air intake and exhaust to deliver an involving experience at the throttle. The air intake connecting tube and funnel is divided in two, allowing its length to be optimized for consistent torque delivery at low and mid rpm. A large, 3-liter airbox and panel-type, wet paper filter provide reliable and quiet airflow; the filter itself has a life of 10,000 miles. A new, short, under-slung exhaust pipe is fitted for the 2017 model.

All in all the Grom’s engine packs a perfect blend of punchy roll-on performance with useful, accessible and fun all-round ability. The effort put into reducing internal friction and increasing intake and exhaust efficiency has also produced a highly economical unit.

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4. Quick Overview of Features

2017 Honda Grom Feature Overview

  • 12-inch 10-spoke Wheels
    Tough and strong, these cast wheels and wide tires are just what the urban rider needs.
  • Inverted Fork Suspension
    Just like a top-of-the-line sportbike, the Grom features an inverted hydraulic fork front suspension for control and road feel.
  • New LED Headlight
    The Grom’s new, LED projector-style headlight not only looks great and is a major styling element, but it also provides superior illumination.
  • Multi-Function Digital Instruments
    Instrument display features speedometer, odometer, tachometer, A&B trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator for low/high beam.
  • 125cc Fuel-Injected Engine
    Nobody can match Honda’s reputation for engines, and even though the Grom may be compact, it’s a giant in terms of performance and reliability.
  • Fuel Capacity
    Who says being on a budget can’t be fun? With its 1.45-gallon fuel tank you can venture far and economically too.
  • New Bodywork
    New aggressive bodywork, a new LED headlight and cowl, and a new low-mount muffler keep the 2017 Grom looking cooler than ever.
  • Four-Speed Transmission
    The Grom’s four-speed transmission gives you all the durability, control and efficiency of a conventional motorcycle.
  • Single Rear Shock
    Thanks to the Grom’s single hydraulic rear shock, you get a plush ride, even over choppy pavement.
  • Low Seat Height
    At just 30 inches the Grom makes it easy to flat-foot it in parking lots or at stop lights.
  • Two-Up Capability
    Want to share the fun with a friend? No problem—the Grom makes it easy to bring a passenger along.
  • LED Taillight
    Forget about big, bulky taillights—the Grom’s LED lamp is bright and clear.
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes
    The Grom features 220mm front and 190mm rear single disc brakes for excellent stopping power.
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2 Comments on this post

  1. Nothing about the different tires that are on it?

    Hi /
    • I almost added that under 2017 Grom changes but… Not all 17′ Groms come with the newer IRC tires as some are still rolling in with the old school Vee Rubber tires.

      The Vee Rubber tires are borderline trash in my personal opinion. I knew I was going to eventually throw some good tires on my 14′ Grom but after not even 100 miles I was forced to throw the Vee Rubber tires in the trash for a set of Michelin Power Pure SC tires. Best bang for the buck mod I’ve done on my Grom!

      Thanks for checking out my blog and for posting up too. Appreciate it!

      HondaPro Kevin / (in reply to Hi)

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