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Show 7- Part 2 - The Honda GROM on Vimeo



On a webispode of Greg's garage, Greg white got a chance to catch up with Bill Savino at American Honda the HQ in Torrence, California. He talked about a few things regarding the new upcoming Honda Grom.

Bill says this segment will be a great replacement for the scooter riders, Kids that are slowly moving up in to the motorcycle world and even the older crowd who are just looking for something fun.

The Honda Grom will be Honda's entry point just below the 250cc segment. The Grom will be sporting a single stroke fuel injected 125cc engine with just under 10 horse power and 8 ft lbs of torque. Putting down power through a four speed transmission this bike comes with similar amenities as a full sized bike.

Bill also mentions that the seat height is 29 inches on the Grom which is similar to the CBR250's height. The 12 inch wheels make the overall look bike appear smaller when put side by side with a full size motorcycle.



The video that was released in May shows a rider with the Grom riding through a closed course with a gymkhana feel that was shot downtown in the fashion district.





If you guys didn't know already the Honda Grom will be manufactured out of the Taiwan Honda plant. It is expected for release in August 2013. Don't worry we will still have a good couple of months to do our experiments.



One thing Greg for got to ask was what the availability is like once it hits the Honda Powerhouse dealerships. The word on the street is once the Honda Grom becomes available only high volume dealerships would be getting them and only with three the first month, two the second month and one for the third. However, Bill did tell us that 45 deposits were already been accepted maybe even more. This makes me worry.
 

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Wait, in the video Greg says the bike is made in Taiwan, but I've read elsewhere that it's made in Thailand. Anyone know which one it is?
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about where it is being built. Honda still has standards and regulations for every plant regardless of where it is. I would expect the Grom to be the same as if it were built in Thailand.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about where it is being built. Honda still has standards and regulations for every plant regardless of where it is. I would expect the Grom to be the same as if it were built in Thailand.
Not really worried about build quality, just curious. :D
 

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At least they're not being built in China. But to be honest I'm a little disappointed that the Grom are built in Taiwan instead of Thailand or Japan.
 

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At least they're not being built in China. But to be honest I'm a little disappointed that the Grom are built in Taiwan instead of Thailand or Japan.
I think you will forget all of that once you have a Grom in front of your face. Just think about riding around on the Grom. where its built will be the last thing on your mind ;)
 

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Taiwan works for me ^^ I wonder if the canada ones are also taiwan, idont want to have to go to washington state to buy mine and deal with import :( sammy
 

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Kids that are slowly moving up in to the motorcycle world and even the older crowd who are just looking for something fun.
This is pretty much who they are targeting.
 

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at least the Grom's seat height is consistent with the CBR250. At least this way when riders used to the regular sport bike seating height sit on the Grom, it won't feel all that different.
 

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I'm pretty sure it is only made in Thailand and Taiwan is a typo. Everything I've heard from Honda Thailand would indicate this. Their production is 4000 units a month earlier this year but with supply nowhere meeting demand, this is likely to rise or already has risen. Bearing in mind Honda Thailand makes well over 1,000,000 units year, this is a very small percentage of their overall capacity.
 

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All this anticipation...

And you would think we are talking about a big bore bike. This is only a 125cc :motorcycle3_smilie:. I have to say the marketing strategy is working, since it is creating a lot of anticipation :eek:. Nothing wrong with that. I foresee after the hoopla is done, there will be lots of Groms for grabs.
 
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