Honda's 2017 Grom Updated For The Urban Commute

An updated motorcycle from Honda heats up the battle for the commuting rider who thinks smaller is better as the Grom gets an edgier look and higher saddle height.

Part of Honda’s 2017 powersports model year announcement, the Japanese manufacturer’s popular Grom gets a comprehensive redesign for a sharper, more aggressive look.

A motorcycle that rides on the smaller size, the Grom rode pretty much alone in its unique niche of the biker world until Kawasaki released its own version, the Z125 Pro.

This could be Honda’s reason for the Grom’s fresh look.

"We're excited to refresh the Grom with an assertive new look for 2017," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. "Since its 2014 introduction, this fun-loving motorcycle has been a big hit in a little package, singlehandedly establishing a thriving market for small-wheeled, small-displacement, big-personality road bikes that lend themselves to personalization. Now, the Grom's styling is even more exciting without losing any of the original's fun appeal."

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Part minibike, all motorcycle, Honda feels the Grom has been a resounding success from the start, considering the bike ‘a package that's manageable yet comfortable for full-sized adults’.

Sporting wheels which are only 12 inches, the motorcycle enjoys full-size features like a sturdy steel frame, a 31mm inverted fork, mono-shock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and a 125cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine.

What’s new is the edgier look which comes from an integrated fuel tank and side panels, along with a modern, stacked LED headlight layout. Add a new flip-key, sportier handlebar, under-slung exhaust, upswept tail unit and a higher passenger seat, and you've got a Grom that's as fun as ever but with a daring new look.

The latest version on this compact-sized ride will be available in August 2016, available in Matte Gray Metallic, Pearl Red, Pearl White, Bright Yellow with a MSRP of $3,199.

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