• Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle

    From Digital Man@VERT to All on Mon Feb 26 17:46:44 2024
    So... I bought one of these recently (a 2022 model with < 1Kmi and ABS) and having a blast re-experiencing my youth. I've already put over 100 miles on it.
    https://imgur.com/a/ryPIivv

    My first very-own motorcycle, when I was about 13 years old, was a used Honda XR75 (1974). I rode the hell out of that bike, occasionally on city streets, often at night with no lights and no helmet (no, my parent did not know). She wasn't fast or good looking, but I loved her. I don't remember when I sold her, but after that, I owned an MX bike (RM250), some buggies and quads, but really nothing for 15+ years after breaking my collar bone after highsiding while doing donuts on my Suzuki Z400.

    Rather than buy another XR, I opted for the Grom, which is more of a street bike (though there are street-legal XRs). It's been a blast riding (mostly alone and usually just on residental/empty streets) and reliving my youth. I bought new safety gear and have been doing some cosmetic mods on the bike.

    Anyone else own a Grom or other motorcycle you ride often?

    When I see a dangerous motorcyclist or accident, I always think: "What an idiot" and really judge them for riding a motorcycle on streets in the first place. So I definitely have no danger/death wish, but the experience just can't be beat, I don't think. I have a greater understanding why people continue to make that risk/choice.
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  • From Phigan@VERT/TACOPRON to Digital Man on Tue Feb 27 04:10:03 2024
    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle
    By: Digital Man to All on Mon Feb 26 2024 05:46 pm

    place. So I definitely have no danger/death wish, but the experience just ca be beat, I don't think. I have a greater understanding why people continue t

    I've never owned a fast motorcycle or anything, but I do have a Vespa-style electric scooter that has taken me around a few places. Totally agree about the experience. I would've liked to have a bigger/more serious bike, but like you said above.. and I worry it'd be another thing taking up all the space in the garage :). Probably shouldn't these days, anyway. Congrats on that Honda! It looks really nice.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Digital Man on Tue Feb 27 09:17:16 2024
    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle
    By: Digital Man to All on Mon Feb 26 2024 05:46 pm

    When I see a dangerous motorcyclist or accident, I always think: "What an idiot" and really judge them for riding a motorcycle on streets in the first place. So I definitely have no danger/death wish, but the experience just can't be beat, I don't think. I have a greater understanding why people continue to make that risk/choice.

    I feel bad for those who get hurt like that in motorcycle accidents. There have been times when I thought it would be nice to have a road cruiser motorcycle (these days, perhaps a Honda Shadow), but I feel like they're too dangerous, so I'm not planning on buying one.

    Rather than buy another XR, I opted for the Grom, which is more of a street bike (though there are street-legal XRs). It's been a blast riding (mostly alone and usually just on residental/empty streets) and reliving

    When you said "judge them for riding a motorcycle on streets" earlier, did you mean more busy streets/highways?

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  • From Digital Man@VERT to Nightfox on Tue Feb 27 13:30:50 2024
    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Tue Feb 27 2024 09:17 am

    Rather than buy another XR, I opted for the Grom, which is more of a street bike (though there are street-legal XRs). It's been a blast riding (mostly alone and usually just on residental/empty streets) and reliving

    When you said "judge them for riding a motorcycle on streets" earlier, did you mean more busy streets/highways?

    Yeah, like a freeway. Or those fast sport bikes on twisty roads, that looks insanely dangerous.
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  • From deon@VERT/ALTERANT to Digital Man on Wed Feb 28 09:49:12 2024
    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle
    By: Digital Man to All on Mon Feb 26 2024 05:46 pm

    Howdy,

    Anyone else own a Grom or other motorcycle you ride often?

    For me, not any more :(

    I used to own a Suzuki GSXR 600 - and I loved riding that bike.

    When I owned it, there were no tolls on highways (because toll cameras took a photo at the front, and bikes didnt have a front number plate), and in Melbourne you could park *anywhere*, as long as you didnt disrupt vehicles or pedestrians. So I used to ride to work and park on the footpath (sidewalk) - no parking charges :)

    Getting to work via a car was a 60 min drive (for 17klm), but on the bike it was 20ish. Lane splitting/filtering made all the difference.

    In the 6 years that I had that bike, I only had 1 car driver, who to this day dont know why he was upset - but he did try hard to block me lane splitting at lights (sped around me a to block me, horn blaring). Once I figured out what he was doing, I just zoomed off between the traffic.

    I used to visit a friend and a customer that was 200klm away, and riding the bike there was awesome. It was too easy to get over 150klm/hr - so I had to watch my speed (speed limit was 110 back then if I recall).

    Certainly the onus is on the bike rider for safety - you need to learn to read car drivers, and I had good advice from a couple of courses I did, and it did save me once when I predicted (and it did) that a limo would cross a road when I was doing 100klm/hr. Had I not backed off early, I probably wouldnt have lost the bike that day and more.


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  • From Mike Powell@VERT/CAPCITY2 to DIGITAL MAN on Wed Feb 28 09:15:00 2024
    Yeah, like a freeway. Or those fast sport bikes on twisty roads, that looks ins
    nely dangerous.

    That is apparently a past time on the twisty mountain roads between Santa Clarita and Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, even on foggy days.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Digital Man on Tue Feb 27 06:39:00 2024
    Digital Man wrote to All <=-

    My first very-own motorcycle, when I was about 13 years old, was a used Honda XR75 (1974). I rode the hell out of that bike, occasionally on
    city streets, often at night with no lights and no helmet (no, my
    parent did not know). She wasn't fast or good looking, but I loved her.

    Back in the late 80s, you could find 250-450cc rat bikes for cheap (or
    free). I picked up a Yamaha Special II 400 that was left in someone's
    back yard under the stairs - the owner had moved out of the group house
    years ago and was nowhere to be seen. Fixing old bikes is a lot of fun
    if you have some basic skills.

    I rode that thing around San Francisco for a year before it was stolen;
    I told myself I'd never buy a bike again that a couple of people could
    pick up and put in a truck.


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  • From Carol Shenkenberger@VERT/SHENKS to Digital Man on Wed Feb 28 14:21:00 2024
    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimot
    By: Digital Man to Nightfox on Tue Feb 27 2024 01:30 pm

    Re: Honda Grom (125cc minimoto) Motorcycle
    By: Nightfox to Digital Man on Tue Feb 27 2024 09:17 am

    Rather than buy another XR, I opted for the Grom, which is more of a street bike (though there are street-legal XRs). It's been a blast riding (mostly alone and usually just on residental/empty streets) a reliving

    When you said "judge them for riding a motorcycle on streets" earlier, di you mean more busy streets/highways?

    Yeah, like a freeway. Or those fast sport bikes on twisty roads, that looks --
    digital man (rob)

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    Should have seen me in Japan! Almost 7 years, I used feet or my beloved cultech workhourse bicycle. Not the racing models they export, this was the heavy duty 15 speed that weighed more than me! Frame warenteed for 40 years outside storage. I sold it to the Newport News shipyard for 2,000$. It was 20 years old. Sadly my spine problems got too bad to ride.

    xxcarol

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