When is a Honda Grom not a Honda Grom? When it’s a Mike Hailwood-inspired, one-off custom Honda Grom cafe racer like the one Honda rolled out in Thailand a few days ago. The bike was built by Honda to demonstrate the little Grom’s potential for customization – something that’s critical to a bike’s success in the bike/scooter obsessed countries of Southeast Asia.
That potential for customization is fully realized in the Grom Cafe Racer, which features a hand-formed aluminum fairing and historical details like the green number signs, the tank cutouts for the rider’s knees, and the general shape of the exhaust – all reminiscent of the RC166 that Hailwood rode to the 1966 250 cc Grand Prix title. Clip-on handlebars and a cafe racer-style seat round out the custom touches,
What do you guys think? Is this custom Grom cafe racer this just the thing for chasing down Yamaha Zumas at the next Mods and Rockers ride in your town? Should you just buy a Royal Enfield Continental? Would you be better off building a cafe racer out of a boneyard CB200, like that super-awesome 10 year-old, Zeke, did? You can let us know how you’d set up your Grom in the comments, below. As for the rest of the market?
Judging by the Honda Grom’s envy-inducing sales figures, I think the market has heard Honda’s message loud and clear.