Easy to use, fun and functional, the original leisure motorcycle was defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic, small-wheeled Monkey bike and carried on – redefined for each respective generation – with the reborn 18YM Monkey and 22YM DAX.
And in the 21st century the formula has found resonance with the new breed of young riders. Known as ‘Generation Y’ in the USA, ‘Dek Neaw’ in Thailand and ‘Street-Kei’ in Japan, they have grown up in the borderless internet age, and share a culture, outlook and spirit that defies convention.
Instinctively drawn to motorcycling, they need their first two-wheeled transport to be exciting but not unduly challenging, with a design that sets them apart and a reasonable price tag. In 13YM Honda introduced the MSX125 (Mini Street X-treme 125) to cater specifically for such young riders.
A truly global product the MSX125 (known as the ‘Grom’ in Japan and USA) has been a hit across the world. In its first sales season the MSX125 joined the CBF125 in the ranks of Europe’s top 5 best-selling 125cc motorcycles. And, over the last few years, it has established itself as a firm favourite, whether used for simple urban transport or as a heavily customised style statement by its target market.
After 6 years of quiet success and several small styling evolutions, with an eye on the next wave of young riders, 21YM saw a new MSX125 hit the streets of Europe with an even cooler direction of travel, and a new name – the MSX125 Grom.
For 23YM two striking new colours are available for Honda’s little machine that continues to brim with big dreams.
21YM’s completely redesigned bodywork gave the MSX125 Grom a new design language: fresh and fun, and also easily removed ready for an owner’s creativity to get to work. The LCD dash was also updated to include a rev-counter and gear position indicator.
Now approaching its tenth year of sales, the Grom’s air-cooled engine maintains usable, real-world performance with a fifth gear to help longer-range riding. And the chassis – tried and tested – continues to offer small-bike dimensions with big-bike suspension, braking and handling qualities.
The 23YM MSX125 Grom will be available in the following colour options:
Matt Dim Gray Metallic with unique gold wheels and ‘Big Logo’ graphics **NEW**
Splendid Blue **NEW**
Gayety Red SE with new black front mudguard