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2015 Honda Grom - The Gromance Is Real

Honda's newest cult bike

May 27, 2017
Photographer: Danh Phan

You might know Honda for making some of the most superb cars in the world, and if you have any sort of interest in motorcycles, the CBR600 or CBR1000 shouldn't be new to you. What you might not know is that Honda is notorious for making cult bikes such as the Rebel and the VFR (which even had VTEC), but its latest world takeover is without a doubt the Grom. The peppy motorcycle comes with a 125cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke motor that won't win you any 0-60 races, but is good for almost everything else you could want from a motorcycle. You can learn how to knee drag and some people do stunts. Believe it or not, there are actual head-to-head Grom races. Most of Honda's Grom success comes from its fuel economy that clocks in 134 mpg as well as the huge aftermarket support; however, for Texas native Jennifer Nguyen, it was a match made in heaven.

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"I've always wanted a motorcycle," Jen begins. "Ever since I was 9 and rode on the back of my dad's bike, I was hooked." Due to her petite size, finding a bike that was small enough for her to ride was a challenge. When Jen heard about the Honda Grom, she knew it was the one. After graduating with her master's, her boyfriend congratulated her with the motorcycle of her dreams.

Since her boyfriend is involved in the car scene, the idea of customizing the Grom was inevitable. Just like any car project, Jen's Grom started off with a drop using an Öhlins coilover and a proper stretch—in this case, a Composimo stretch kit. "When I first got the bike, the small community of Grom enthusiasts were mainly in California, and the options were pretty limited to just a few brands. But the interest in the bike skyrocketed in the past few years. More parts started showing up in the market and more Groms were on the streets, including Houston." It didn't take long until every part had been replaced, such as the Chimera short ram air intake or even the legit Mugen exhaust. From the factory, its top speed is 62 mph, but that's nothing a good sprocket can fix.

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"A lot of Grom owners are guys from the car scene, picking it up as a small side project or as an alternative to the Honda Ruckus. We now have a tight-knit community of Grom and Ruckus owners who are very supportive, but at the same time very competitive, trying to outdo one another," Jen says. Almost like a Gromance.

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2015 Honda Grom - The Gromance Is Real
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Owner: Jennifer Nguyen
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Anesthesiologist Assistant
Engine: Gojin AC to DC rectifier; DID 420D 132 chain link; Mugen exhaust; Chimera short ram air intake with fairing rod; Kitaco clutch cover, oil cooler; Takigawa oil pump; PBI 37 teeth rear sprocket, 14 teeth front sprocket
Footwork & Chassis: Composimo 4.5" rear lowering link, adjustable stretch kit, 2" front fork suspension lowering kit, race bar; Öhlins coilover; G Craft frame stabilizer
Brakes: Nissan rotors; Brembo four-piston brake caliper front, P34 brake caliper rear; stainless steel brake lines; Over Racing brake bracket, rear set
Wheels & Tires: FLP M7 two-piece nickel-coated wheels with gold hardware; Michelin Pure Power tires
Exterior: OEM TDM projector headlight, gold side caps; Gojin H4 CRED LED high/low beam; LED flush mount; Bikers Adjustable Clutch and Brake lever; CRG arrow Bbar end mirror and adapter; Driven Racing D-3 GRIPS; MNNTHBX fender eliminator with integrated lights; Mugen brake master cap, gold hardware; Kitaco front/rear hollow axle rod; G Craft shift guide; Over Racing frame slider; Mad seat; Crown wind screen; shortened kickstand; gold dipped bolts; carbon-fiber gas tank, vents, heat shield, inner shrouds, under fairing; Petex cowl; gold titanium rotor bolts; Nardo Gray paint job

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