Nothing dramatic on the newest Grom iteration, which is generally a good thing since both the previous Groms have been fantastic little motorcycles. If you've owned a Grom before it will feel very familiar, but it does have a few new features that are worth the upgrade from previous generations.
The styling has changed and is blend of the first and second generation bikes that is well proportioned and attractive. The only part of the new design I find offensive is the super visible hardware and large circular trim washers that connects the side body panels to the bike and gives a "polka dot" effect that will trigger your trypophobia.
The addition of a 5th gear and a gear indicator to the gauge cluster are easily the best update and makes a the bike a bit easier to get along with. The 5th gear doesn't make the bike meaningfully faster but does let it cruise at 55mph a bit easier and will certainly help if performance modifications are added. Bone stock these get amazing gas mileage (110+ mpg).
The optional ABS is front-only and not super intrusive so doesn't kill any of the fun you can have on these bikes.
The ability to add easily add a Honda Grom (2022+) Fender Eliminator and a Honda Grom (2022+) Cargo Rack to the new Grom makes it a simple pair of first modifications to improve the looks and utility of the bike for commuters or adventurers alike.
We just finished up our product design and install video for our new fender eliminator kit for the Z125. Check it out and let us know if you have any questions. We're confident we have the best kit currently on the market.
The new CBR500R is our latest project bike and we wanted to give our first impression based on the first few miles. Some of the things that stand out are:
After putting a few hundred miles on the Vagabond Motorsports project 2015 KTM RC 390, we'd like to share our first impression much like we did for the Yamaha R3. These two bikes make for an interesting comparison but first, some comments on the RC390:
Not a great beginner bike due to the ergonomics and poor low speed fueling. I get the feel the bike wakes up with a full exhaust and maybe a ECU reflash. We'll do a comparison with the new Yamaha YZF-R3 shortly, but suffice to say they have different target audiences.
After putting a few miles on the new R3 project bike, we'd like to share a few our initial impressions on Yamaha's new entrant into the lightweight sportbike arena:
Overall, it's a fantastic lightweight that's a blast to ride and should appeal to new riders and veterans alike. Yamaha is on a serious roll. Can't wait to compare to the new KTM RC390 in the near future.
We just completed the installation video to go with our new Fender Eliminator for the Yamaha R3. Check it out if you want an in depth look at the steps and tools required to install this product yourself.