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A New Money Pit: Honda Grom

May 31, 2016

Hey guys! What if I told you I found yet another way to piss away money? If you feel the need to modify almost everything you own (like me), you seriously need to stop reading right now because you will start looking into these Groms. Harry falls into this category and as a result, he has had his fair share of modded toys. While he was finishing up his radically built Ruckus set to debut in a few weeks, he needed something to pass the time and this came in the form of the Honda Grom, straight from the local dealership.IMG_3021

Stateside, scooters or motorcycles with less than 250cc’s aren’t as popular as they would be abroad but the Ruckus, Metropolitan, Zuma and Grom are all common platforms used to modify into beautiful works of art. In places like Thailand, the Grom or the MSX125 (as it is called there) is wildly popular. There are parts that cater to every section of these two-wheeled machines. Makoa Scooters and Composimo are both leaders in this niche market providing research and development for a catalog’s worth of parts.


For those who have an automotive background, many find these platforms so appealing because of the very nature of how easy it is to maintain and modify the Grom. The Grom is slightly better out of the box with its manual transmission and larger stock engine size (125cc over the stock 50cc Ruckus motor). The latter point is slightly negligible since he already has a bored-out Zuma motor-swapped Ruckus. For Harry, the Grom works as an instant fix to satiate his taste for small motorbikes while the Ruckus is being completed.



When you are on a motorcycle such as this, visibility becomes an important part of modifying the bike. Modding for visibility is two-fold, you need to see what is ahead of you and other motorists need to see you on the road. With the aid of a Composimo LED bracket, Harry is able to have a triple stack of LEDs from Rigid Industries. While the top two LEDs provides driving lights, the third is used as a hyper spotlight. The fender has been eliminated giving a cleaner look and in its place is an integrated rear light.


Handling is enhanced with a 2″ front drop kit, slip on swingarm extension, kickstand relocating bracket, 4.5″ rear lowering link, and a billet stretch kit stoppers all parts from Composimo. The rear suspension is finished with a baller Ohlin’s rear shock to dampen the toughest NYC potholes.



To give the Grom a noticeable boost in power, Harry went with a Chimera cold air intake, and a Brocks full alien head exhaust. An Opmid temp & voltage meter helps keep the systems in check while the front sprocket has been swapped to a 14t version along with a billet clutch plate to help with initial acceleration and general handling.




Harry has modified this Grom more than most owners of full-size motorcycles. After reading this, I know you are going to look up prices. Happy spending!

Images provided by V I N Photography for PRIME.


About Pravan
Prav comes from a background in academia and consistently pursues the development of a community both with his work in academia and his interest in all things motor. It is this community which he believes will help preserve automotive history and knowledge, priming a future generation of enthusiasts to expand and improvise on previous builds. Through his lens, he captures fleeting moments as car enthusiasts build, break and rebuild their creations as a means to preserve and express what the enthusiast originally intended. He finds his daily inspiration from the merging of cultures, mainly the transfer of street culture to the front stage of art, food and design. Consequently, nothing is more relevant to this merging than automotive builds meant for the street. You can find his daily life in images IG:@Pravzilla.