Hot on the heels of their successful, small displacement CBR 250, Honda is rumored to be bringing over another street legal lightweight bike to the states, the 2014 MSX125. Nicknamed the Grom, (after grommet, a reference to young surfers and skaters) the MSX 125 is powered by Honda’s venerable 125cc horizontal single, which traces it’s lineage back to the 1960’s and the motorcycle equivalent of the Model T, the Honda Cub step-through.
Honda has juiced up the MSX 125 motor with an offset cylinder, roller rocker arm valve actuation and PGM fuel injection. Honda states the Grom uses “full-sized motorcycle parts,” yet it rolls on scooter-sized 120/70-12 front and 130/70-12 rear rubber, with a claimed 220# curb weight and a super-compact 47.4-inch wheelbase. An inverted 31mm front fork and single shock in back combine to deliver about 4 inches of suspension travel for the steel frame and hydraulic brakes should provide plenty of stopping power. Other amenities include a projector beam headlight, LED taillight and turn signals and an LCD display with a speedometer, odometer/A&B tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge. The air-cooled, two-valve Single reportedly puts out 9.7 hp & 8 ft pounds of torque through a 4-speed transmission & chain final drive. Reportedly, hop-up kits, including a larger bore throttle body, cylinder and piston are already available in Japan; let’s hope they come here as well!
Honda is marketing the MSX 125 Grom to teen-age, entry level riders, but we can see this becoming a popular entry for Mini Racing, as well as a great trackside pit bike. Best of all, the reported MSRP is just shy of $3000.00! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Honda does indeed bring this one over; the small displacement segment has been long neglected by the industry, this could be just the ticket to get kids dreaming about motorcycles instead of video games!