Grom review

I just finished day one of my motorcycle class. 2 hours of class time, 6 hours on the bike. Two amazing instructors, and a really cool group.

I made a beeline for the Grom as I didn’t want to get stuck with a Cruiser, and the one duel-sport was already accounted for. There were no full-size sport bikes :(

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Everything came back almost instantly, and I’m pumped to finally be a legal rider.

So! Review time!

Brakes are great. They didn’t feel noteworthy in the slightest, which is honestly what I want in brakes. Almost comically easy to flat foot it on either side. Never felt slow, although I didn’t go past 4th gear. Don’t know the actual weight, but it felt like a burly bicycle. If you somehow dropped it you could pick it back up with one hand. Dropping a gear mid corner with some healthy throttle application can *allegedly* kick the back end out into the most graceful of tire-burning drifts. Or, as graceful as drifting can be on a short wheelbase motorcycle... I’m not a hooligan though so I definitely didn’t do that. Multiple times. Shifts are as smooth as anything else I’ve ridden, which is... uh. 5 bikes now so take that with a grain of salt.

Maybe 10% of the time the bike didn’t want to engage first from a stop. You’d have to hold down first, then roll forward about 8 inches for it to *click*.

Saddle felt great. For the first 15 minutes. By hour 5 I was dying.

How should a minibike like this feel in comparison to a Ninja in terms of maneuverability? From 10mph up everything was rock-solid, but the low speed slalom was pretty twitchy, whereas I remember that being much smoother on the Kawasaki. Is it because of bike size? Or just my rusty skills?

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My 6' 1" frame didn’t feel cramped or uncomfortable, but my natural grip was much wider than the Grom allowed. There was something about the foot controls that I didn’t love, but that could just as easily have been because I was wearing super-clunky hiking boots. The last time I had a bike I wore Converse 24/7...

Tl:Dr - Grom’s are an absolute blast, but I’m not going to be buying one as an only bike. I’m still leaning towards a Monster. Something older up to a current 821. A cheap 250cc dirt bike is also very much on my radar.

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I’m going to be very sad tomorrow when the class is over and I no longer have a bike to ride.

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