American Honda announced restyled Grom for the 2017 model year, giving the minibike a sportier, more aggressive look. We’ve previously reported on the Grom’s new mini-streetfighter look when it was announced earlier this year for Europe as the MSX125. While the Grom is only a couple of years old, the redesign comes at a good time as it faces new competition in Kawasaki‘s new Z125 Pro.

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As it did with its 500 series models, Honda is switching the Grom's lighting to LEDs.

As it did with its 500 series models, Honda is switching the Grom’s lighting to LEDs.

“We’re excited to refresh the Grom with an assertive new look for 2017,” says Lee Edmunds, manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Since its 2014 introduction, this fun-loving motorcycle has been a big hit in a little package, single-handedly establishing a thriving market for small-wheeled, small-displacement, big-personality road bikes that lend themselves to personalization. Now, the Grom’s styling is even more exciting without losing any of the original’s fun appeal.”

For 2017, the Grom receives new integrated fuel tank and side panels with a more aggressive look. The friendly-looking rounded headlight on the original Grom is replaced by a new boxy stacked LED unit. Honda moved the handlebars a few inches forward for a sportier riding position while the upswept tail and new two-tier seat puts passengers higher. And while there’s more room under the tail, Honda replaced the previous exhaust with a new underslung unit.

The engine remains the same 124.8cc Single, as is the four-speed manual transmission. The 31mm inverted fork offers 3.1 inches of travel while the single rear shock gives the steel box-section swingarm 4.1 inches of travel. Braking performance is provided by a dual-piston caliper with 220mm disc up front and a single-piston caliper with 190mm disc at the back.

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The 2017 Honda Grom will be offered in four colors: Matte Gray Metallic, Pearl Red, Pearl White, Bright Yellow. The updated Grom arrives in U.S. dealerships in August with the same $3,199 price tag as the previous version.

2017 Honda Grom Specifications
Engine Type 124.8cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Induction PGM-FI w/ automatic enrichment
Ignition Full transistorized ignition
Valve Train SOHC; two-valve
Final Drive Chain
Transmission 4-speed manual
Front Suspension 31mm hydraulic fork; 3.9 in. travel
Rear Suspension Single shock; 4.1 in. travel
Front Brakes Single 220mm hydraulic disc w/ two-piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 190mm hydraulic disc w/ single-piston caliper
Front Tires 120/70-12
Rear Tires 130/70-12
Rake (Caster Angle) 25°
Trail 81mm (3.18 in.)
Seat Height 30 in.
Ground Clearance 6.5 in.
Wheelbase 47.2 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.45 gal.
Color Matte Gray Metallic, Pearl Red, Pearl White, Bright Yellow
Curb Weight (claimed) 229 lbs.

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  • Starmag

    The Japanese obviously must feel this is a trending color. It’s very close to the wheel color on the FZ-10.

  • Curtis Brandt

    “The engine remains the same 1124.8cc Single…”
    Wow, the Grom might be more fun than I thought! 😉

    • denchung

      Dangit. My bad on that typo,

      • Curtis Brandt

        There’s no replacement for displacement! Could do wonders for Grom sales. Or maybe not? 😉

        • throwedoff

          That would be one big piston!

          • Curtis Brandt

            Yes it would! On that note, what’s the largest displacement single you can recall? The current crop of ~700 cc KTMs and Huskies have to be close. Seems like I recall a 700cc two-stroke Maico, or so, back in the day as well.

  • mustangGT90210

    Just a nit pick here, but the paragraph under the exhaust photo has the engine size written as 1124.8cc, not the 124.8cc I know you guys were shooting for

  • Gruf Rude

    More rear suspension travel than most Harleys.

  • Dootin

    Dam, doesn’t a 450 motocrosser weight that much?

  • JMDonald

    I started out on small Hondas. I will always have an affinity for them. The Grom has a definate appeal. I love this thing.

  • Steve

    I always wonder if 150cc version is coming.