There are few bikes that elicit more smiles for both riders and sidewalk-bound observers than the 2017 Honda Grom.Powered by a classic air-cooled 125cc motor with just two valves and a four-speed transmission, the Grom is aimed at making fun runs in beach towns. Having said that, there are still plenty of other places to successfully ride the Grom, but keep in mind that 50 mph is about as fast as you’re going to go on a stock Grom.
Below that, the suspension and handling is grin inducing, and who doesn’t like a wet weight of just 229 pounds. The hardest part of riding a Grom is resisting some of the friendly hooliganism that will get you tickets from humorless gendarmes.Read our Honda Grom Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Honda Grom Specs:
Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x stroke: 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Compression ratio: 9.3:1
Valve train: SOHC, two valves
Fueling: PGM-FI w/ automatic enrichment
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Non-adjustable shock; 4.1 inches of travel
Front tire: 120/70-12
Rear tire: 130/70-12
Front brake: 220mm disc w/ dual-piston caliper
Rear brake: 190mm disc w/ hydraulic single piston caliper
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.