MSX125 Grom

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.

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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.

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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.

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Top speed remains about the same (58mph) but with a better spread between each gear.

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