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.
"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.
"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.