Grom vs Sym Wolf Classic 150
Just got both. Got used 2012 Wolf for $2000+120 taxes (1000 miles), got new Grom for $3945 OTD.
Initial impressions compared to my Sym Wolf Classic 150.
Top speed: Grom - 50-55, sometimes 60. Wolf - 60-65, sometimes 70. Advantage: Wolf
Weight: about the same feeling, Grom a bit lighter. Advantage: Grom
Handling: Definitely better handling on Grom for the combination of tires and suspension. Advantage: Grom +2
Acceleration: Wolf feels faster, due to more power and 5 speeds. Advantage: Wolf
Looks: Wolf looks nicer to me. Advantage: Wolf
Center stand: Wolf has one, Grom doesn't: Advantage: Wolf
Wheels: Wolf - spoke wheels, Grom - spokeless. Advantage: Grom
Seating position: Wolf has more comfortable seating position, while Grom handlebars are too much back: Advantage: Wolf
Brakes: Wolf has disk in front, drum rear, stainless line. Grom - both disks, rubber lines, Grom's rear brake is marginal. Both fornt and rear brakes on Wolf are better than on Grom. Advantage: Wolf.
Highway legality: Wolf - legal, Grom - not. Advantage: Wolf.
Kickstarter: Wolf has one. Advantage: Wolf
Mileage: Dunno yet, but most likely Grom. Advantage: Grom.
Price: Wolf - $3000, Grom $3200, OTD by local dealers: $3500, $3945 respectively. Advantage: Wolf
Warranty: Wolf - 2 years, Grom - 1 year. Advantage: Wolf
Parts availabilty and dealer network - definitive advantage: Grom
Gas tank size: Wolf - 2.45gal, (209 miles range @85 mpg) Grom - 1.45 (174 miles range @120 mpg) gal. Advantage: Wolf
Country of origin: Wolf - Taiwan, using Honda CB125 tooling, Grom - Thailand, using cheap labor. Advantage: Wolf
Redline: Wolf - 9500, Grom - 8250(?). Advantage: Wolf
Helmet lock: Wolf - no need to remove the seat. Grom - need to remove the seat (PITA to put it back). Advantage: Wolf
Suspension: Better on Grom, but adjustable preload on Wolf. Suspension on Grom is definitely much better. Advantage: Grom, I'll give it +2
Sidestand sensor: Grom has one, Wolf doesn't. Advantage: Grom.
Steering lock: Wolf - with additional lock, Grom - with ignition switch lock. Advantage: Grom
Stock mirrors: Much better on Wolf. Advantage: Wolf
Gast tank opening. Nice and wide on Grom, narrow and covered with spring loaded cover on Wolf. Advantage: Grom
Gas tank plug: Detachable on Grom, attached on Wolf. Advantage: Wolf
Turn signal switch: Wolf has 3 positions - left, right and middle (cancel). There is no push to cancel feature. Grom has conventional turn signal switch, but it's located in a non standard location (under the horn button). Tie.
Gas: Grom - 86, Wolf's sticker says 87-92, manual says 90 minimim, compression is the same as on Grom (9.3), I guess I can use 87, but I'm using 91. Advantage: Grom
Instrument cluster: Wolf has a classic instrument cluster which consists of speedometer and tachometer. Odometer and tripmeter are mechanical. Tachometer has the following indicators: high beam, low fuel, neutral, and turn signal (one). Grom's IC is more modern and has much more functions than Wolf's one. Advantage: Grom.
Storage: Grom has some storage under the seat. Wolf does have a small toolbox under the battery, no any other storage. Advantage: Grom
Overall score so far: Wolf - 16, Grom - 14.
I will continue testing both bikes.
2007 BMW R1200S, 2009 Buell 1125CR, 2012 Sym Wolf Classic 150, 2014 Honda Grom (sold), 66cc 2-stroke motorized bicycle.