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Old 09-17-2015, 02:54 PM
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http://powersports.honda.com/2015/grom.aspx

These things have caught my eye. It's basically a 10 hp, 3/4 size motorcyle. Bigger than a pit bike, not quite as silly as a moped.

I realize they are underpowered, but I have a lead foot and have been smart enough not to buy a bike up till now because I'd probably send myself to valhalla before my time ... something I could goof around the neighborhood / town on that wouldn't break 55 mph has a strange appeal to me.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:43 PM
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Come on flot.
Looks like a sport bike, feels like a sport bike, speed like a peddle bike. All for under 10,000 dollars. Tax, tags, title and fees not included.
Really?




Just my view, the novelty of owning that would grow old.........QUICK.

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Old 09-17-2015, 07:27 PM
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I have one - it's great fun putting around town to the post office or other quick errands. About 55-60 mph max and about 100 mpg.

I put a .50 ammo box bolted to a rack on the back for lockable storage.
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had an 00 RC51 for many years but realized that speed scares me now. Got the grom for $3200 otd with 82 miles on it.
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My Kids had electric motorcycles bigger than that. Unless you are very small, I wouldn't worry with that.
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Sport scooter?
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Sport scooter?
My buddy, The Stunta Wannabe, rode his for a few months, then got tired of it and sold it. YMMV

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Been eyeing them, seems like a fun little toy around town. Much rather be on one of these that a moped haha
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Had a 750 honda once, thing got about 50 mpg.
Bounced on e bay you can pick up a nice bike both you and the wife can cruise with for the same price. And have power. Nothing shabby about the power of a 750cc. First person that wants to screw with you with a volkswagen ,,, can on that 10hp mini bike.
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Just recently, I started considering a basic commuter bike. My daily driver for the last 10+ years has been a scooter of some type (Aprilia, Vespa). They are awesome for around town, but my job is building a new office that is up the road a little more and it requires a jaunt on the 55mph highway. My 50cc scooters won't cut it anymore and I'd rather not drive my big truck if I can help it. It's still a year out or so, but I want to get a grasp on what's out there.

I've looked at the Grom before and thought it was a neat idea, but the general consensus I've seen (not just on here) is the same. At the end of the day, that little bike will get old.

What other ideas does anyone have for a good basic commuter bike? Triumph Bonneville?
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My only experiece with them is a see a guy everyday pass by while in traffic on one, they do look pretty cool and from I've read you can soup them up a little.
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What other ideas does anyone have for a good basic commuter bike? Triumph Bonneville?
I love my Kymco 200, hits 55+ a few more with no mods. Grab a 250 or 300 and you'll hit 70 or better easy. (My 200 is actually a 163)
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Dealers can't keep groms in stock by me so if you buy it you can probably sell it for not much of a loss. On the other hand, you might have to pay retail because they are hot sellers. Personally, I'd move up to the 250cc class. In my state you need at least a 250cc to get an unrestricted license.

Check out a used Kawasaki Eliminator 125 or a Honda Shadow 250 if you're into cruisers. Motorcycle safety courses use them.

The constant shifting on these restricted license bikes would drive me nuts but if you are new to riding, it's great way to learn how to shift and control a bike. Good luck.
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What other ideas does anyone have for a good basic commuter bike? Triumph Bonneville?
Look at the Suzuki Boulevard. I think the new ones are the S40. Single cylinder 650 with plenty of torque and only weighs about 380 lbs. Can easily hit highway speeds but is real easy to ride around town.
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Originally I saw these - which looked similarly fun (and not quite as traditional "Scooter" like) but the 35-40 mph top speed scared me.

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Dealers can't keep groms in stock by me so if you buy it you can probably sell it for not much of a loss. On the other hand, you might have to pay retail because they are hot sellers. Personally, I'd move up to the 250cc class. In my state you need at least a 250cc to get an unrestricted license.
The one "internet quote" I got was $4100 out the door which IMO seemed insane considering the $3199 list. Seems like some folks are getting them now for $35-3800 OTD. I'd prefer to buy used from someone who only put a couple hundred miles on one.

I like the idea that the bike is compact and at ~250 lbs easy to deal with. Will make it easier to throw in the shed and pile stuff around it.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Originally I saw these - which looked similarly fun (and not quite as traditional "Scooter" like) but the 35-40 mph top speed scared me.



They're the "manly" moped
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So this is basically a mini motard / supermoto bike. Little on road, little off road, light and fun.

A next step up power-wise in a similar package might be a Suzuki DRZ-400SM. More expensive new, more power, heavier, more depreciation.

Otherwise you are looking at something expensive, or a dirt bike conversion.
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30yrs ago in college I had a 1970 honda 100 trail bike. Road legal, but had knobbies and tailpipe under the seat. Looked like the bikes seen clogging Saigon in war flicks. Topped out maybe 50-55mph, but super happy at 45. So light I could pull it up the steps to my 2nd floor apt so I could work on it...in the living room!!. Ran that thing everywhere around the hills of blacksburg va. FUN!! I've sort of shopped for another one, but would like to get about 150cc.

I later had a bigger bike, but it was no where near as fun as that 100.
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30yrs ago in college I had a 1970 honda 100 trail bike. Road legal, but had knobbies and tailpipe under the seat. Looked like the bikes seen clogging Saigon in war flicks. Topped out maybe 50-55mph, but super happy at 45. So light I could pull it up the steps to my 2nd floor apt so I could work on it...in the living room!!. Ran that thing everywhere around the hills of blacksburg va. FUN!! I've sort of shopped for another one, but would like to get about 150cc.

I later had a bigger bike, but it was no where near as fun as that 100.
My uncle used to have a pair of Honda Trail 70s (IIRC) that was a blast to drive...I think there is somewhat of a cult following for those bikes now. I looked at trying to pick one up a few years back to tool around at the farm and in parents' neighborhood, but never could find one for a good enough price.
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