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.