Honda’s MSX125 Grom mini-bike returns for 2021 with a new name and a significant update.
On sale in Europe as the MSX125 since 2013, Honda’s ultra-fun mini-bike follows a tradition started in the 60s with the Monkey and continued through other much-loved machines such as the Dax and Ape up to the present day.
For 2021, the new version adds the ‘Grom’ name used elsewhere across the world (becoming the ‘MSX125 Grom’) for the mini-bike which has been an international hit with young riders, racking up sales of over 750,000 units.
As a term used since the 1960s to describe young surfers, ‘Grom’ became a something of a cult machine.
The new 7.2kW air-cooled engine blends accessible roll-on performance with useful all-round ability and now features a fifth gear for out of town riding; it is matched to a responsive, easy-to-ride chassis equipped with 31mm USD forks, 12in wheels and disc brakes front and rear. The ABS system operates through an IMU. Seat height is a welcoming 761mm, and the redesigned sharp and compact LCD meter now features a rev-counter and gear position indicator.
The biggest change for 2021 is the radical new look that brings a quirky, distinctive individuality from a new sleek LED headlight, pared-down seat unit and subframe, and super-compact side panels and tank covers.
The gold forks and brake calipers and yellow rear suspension finish off the head-turning styling. Easy-to-change bodywork further promotes adaptability and customisation opportunities for Honda’s small bike with a big attitude.
Now officially called the ‘MSX125 Grom’ the pocket-sized funster gets a new Euro5-compliant but still air-cooled 125cc motor, while the gearbox is now five speed, rather than four.
Top speed remains about the same (58mph) but with a better spread between each gear.
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