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 Post subject: Grom vs Rebel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:31 pm 
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Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
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Country: Canada
State/Province: NB
City: Fredericton
Our training site bought several new Honda Groms last year. I didn't like them much for several reasons.
First off they gave mechanical trouble right out of the box. On their first weekend, students were unable to get them into neutral, and the instructors had no better luck. Often this can be fixed when the clutch is properly adjusted, but in the case of the Grom, there seemed to be no easy fix. We suffered all year with this problem as the dealer seemed unwilling/unable to do anything to correct it.

The small size of the Grom was good for the smaller people on course, but I found the short wheelbase and small wheels make the Grom feel twitchy at speed, more like a small scooter than a motorcycle. It is laughably easy to maneuver in tight spaces for the same reason. Figure 8s and circles are very easy to perform, but as a trainer, the Grom is not teaching much about riding a real motorcycle.

The relatively high seat and short wheelbase make the grom top heavy and downright dangerous under heavy braking, particularly for larger riders. The rear wheel had a tendency to come up much too easily. Its toy-like appearance makes the Grom seem very unintimidating, but it can bite anyone who takes it too casually.

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 Post subject: Re: Grom vs Rebel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:08 pm 
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Excellent review, Jim. Always wondered about them. They looked kinda neat; thought they might be fun to own, but your points about their performance and riding idiosyncrasies have convinced me otherwise. So, maybe a good pit bike or campground runabout. A quick check seems to suggest they've been dropped from the Canadian line for \16.

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 Post subject: Re: Grom vs Rebel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:47 pm 
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It doesn't look like we'll see the Grom for '16 either, the American Honda website is still listing the 2014 & 2015 models. Dealers in the US sold out instantly in 2014, so it may be possible there was an over-production for 2015. Granted I've not set foot in a dealer this year so it's just a theoretical fart in the wind at this point.

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 Post subject: Re: Grom vs Rebel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:50 pm 
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Never heard of "Grom" before now. What an odd little thing.


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