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Here at MO we like riding slow bikes fast. Both Chief Editor Duke and contributor Gabe Ets-Hokin have written columns about it (read Duke’s here and Gabe’s here), but it’s a sentiment all of us on staff share. To prove it, I’ve signed up the entire staff, sans Tom (he’s got a press intro to attend. Ppfff), to come race with me in a 24-hour race on mini bikes, organized by the United Mini Racing Association. Our chariot that will hopefully lead us to glory (embarrassment, more likely)? None other than the hugely popular Honda Grom.

While never intended to be a racing machine, the Grom aftermarket has gone wild with ways to transform Honda’s little funster into a weapon capable of terrorizing a racetrack. What follows are 10 upgrades we’re throwing onto our Grom that will not only give us a shot at running at the front, but also help the Grom survive 24 hours of abuse. All told, the following list represents $4,564.22 in aftermarket parts (and this isn’t even everything we have), more than $1400 more than the bike itself! Stay tuned, as we’ll be documenting the installation of many of these parts in a later story.

  • Old MOron

    Wow, you MOrons are going to have a TRICK Grom. I remember there were some souped up bikes when I rode in the M1GP24 last year. You may recall that I signed up for that race after reading your story about riding with Hollywood Electrics. Sheesh, now that I see just how souped up the bikes can get, I don’t feel so bad[1] about finishing in the bottom half of the field on a bone-stock TTR125. Well, we did change out the knobby tires.

    About the oil cooler, I wonder how necessary that is. I’m guessing the TTR125 is designed for putting along on trails, but we rode that thing for all it was worth, for 24 hours, in the heat of Rosamond. Oh well, things will prolly run much better with the oil cooler.

    Here’s a question. I’m just curious. Why are you racing with UMRA instead of M1GP? I don’t expect you to air any dirty laundry here, but since you wrote so highly of M1GP’s event, why the switch? I notice that this will be UMRA’s first endurance race. They could’ve chosen any time at all to run it. Seems kind of not cool that they chose the weekend right before M1GP’s race.

    [1] Okay, i didn’t feel bad at all. The objective of the weekend was to have fun. It was an object we fully realized.

    • TroySiahaan

      Why UMRA? For a change of scenery, mainly. No dirty laundry here. Grange is a really fun track, and as you know, I’d already done the M1GP race at Willow. Change is good, right?

      • Old MOron

        I get it. Spreading the MOronic love around. Makes sense.

  • JMDonald

    I love this. I have lusted after a Grom since it first came out. Great modifications. Looks like a ton of fun.

  • fastfreddie

    You at MO should buy a grom,trick it out and take it racing.Make a series of articles on it.

    Cool mods.

  • DickRuble

    Are you going to test the hp gains your vendor claims? They sure sound dubious. The effort is a nice idea but it sounds a lot like an infomercial. As for weight savings..just skip the pizza and fries for a week before the race. No need for the $1500 wheels.

    • Kevin Duke

      Yep!

    • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

      Dick, at 260Lbs, I must confess that we simply don’t have the time to lose the weight. Pass the pizza.

  • Luke

    I keep hoping one of my kids picks up one of these as her first bike, so I can borrow it with reckless abandon….

  • SRMark

    You guys have looked around to see what $7,600 buys these days right? Love the idea of making that little fart more fun but damn! But have fun and be careful out there.

  • http://www.BrocksPerformance.com/ Brock Davidson

    Good Luck at the races @TroySiahaan:disqus – Can’t wait to see what you gentlemen can do with all of this ‘trickness’. I know you will look and sound sweet. Bring on the vids!

  • Old MOron

    Hey MOrons, look what I found. https://youtu.be/2mYTFuHk3gU

    Okay, Grange and Fontucky couldn’t be more different tracks, and a 10-minute sprint race is entirely different from a 24-hour endurance race. But still, the video production bar has been set high. I can’t wait to read the MOronic race report.

  • James Stewart

    Was I the only MOron to double take at the first photo? I thought you guys were building some kind of weird version of those Honda? scooters with the double back wheels! I guess you need max contact patch with all those 9 Horses… Can’t you guys jam in one of those cheater 155cc pit bike engines or something ? :)

    • Old MOron

      Yup, it tromped my oeil, too.

  • Old MOron

    Well MOrons, by my calculations you are now trying to get a good nights rest before the big day tomorrow – just like Valentino, Jorge, etc!

    Good luck, eh! Looks like whoever rides from about 1 to 8 AM on Sunday is going to have the best temperatures. http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:92307.1.99999

    • Evans Brasfield

      Hahahahahahaha!! Sleep? What’s that?

      Waiting in line at supermarket with supplies.

  • Old MOron

    So our wing-footed MOronic deities are in pit box number 2. Unfortunately I have a dumb phone, but if you have a smart phone you can download the Race Monitor App and follow the MOronic progress.

    https://www.facebook.com/unitedminiracingassociation/photos/gm.501459510009364/1628646874059425/?type=1&theater

  • Old MOron

    Well, I got up at 05:00 to watch the Moto GP race. That was very dramatic and entertaining. Now I’m trying to piece together how our MOrons did in the 24-hour race.

    Looks like they started off pretty okay. They were losing about 5 seconds per lap to the fastest teams. They were doing about 42 laps/hour, and the fastest teams were doing about 49 laps/hour. After an hour and a half, they were down by 10 laps.

    https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/11836818_1628920890698690_9167562175742622719_n.jpg?oh=9f5287dbb944350e9ba13831e4a844b4&oe=56A1AD86

    But after almost six hours of racing, the MOronic lapping rate had deteriorated. They were now running at 35 laps/hour, while the fastest team was at 48 laps/hour.

    https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/12006386_1628965300694249_8521811170161564773_n.jpg?oh=21996f89fd244044d7528bbd7f2e8244&oe=56A3E97B

    After 8 hours of racing, the MOrons were doing 33 laps/hour, while the fastest team remained at 48 laps/hour.

    https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/11062120_1628995707357875_2445249488172049852_n.jpg?oh=9b2073ceda12854f767dd9d631fd9368&oe=566ED536

    Skip ahead to almost the end of the race. With about an hour and a half left to go, the MOrons were running at 40 laps/hour. The leading team was doing 46.5 laps/hour.

    https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11028024_1629184637338982_278034545094979939_n.jpg?oh=ca61a645ebb6056c59350c77e10ba0e5&oe=56690019

    Hmm, overall the MOrons and the winning team began and ended the race pretty consistently. But somewhere between hour 2 and hour 8, the MOrons must’ve had an issue. Oh well, I bet it was fun for them, and it was interesting for me to follow.

    • Kevin Duke

      Long story short: We had an issue with the fork that required a rebuild during the race; nearly 90 minutes sitting still. Then, since we were already so far behind, we made a shock change during the next pit stop to gain some trail. The bike was then good enough to run a podium pace. Bummer it didn’t start the race in that condition!

      • Old MOron

        At least you guys know when you need things like more trail and how to get it. Are you going to keep the Grom as an official MO errand bike? Or are you considering selling it… to one of your MOronic readers, maybe :-)

      • James Stewart

        Kevin – can we just blame it all on Burns? Was he the last guy with snap-ring pliers seen near the fork tubes? That would satisfy most of us… :)

        • Kevin Duke

          We can’t blame any of it on JB! We forced him to stay at home to write most of our big adventure shootout and to avoid putting his fragile old body under threat from a small motorbike. :)

  • Bruce Nguyen

    all these “modifications” are unnecessary and a waste of money