In 2014, Honda released a bike known in the United States as the Grom. It was a short, squat, and fun little sport bike that reminded people of the old little trail bikes that company put out in the 1970s. The Grom was a hit, and I like to think that Honda started a bit of a revolution with the bike. There are now a fair amount of small displacement motorcycles that could be called Honda Grom competitors.
I thought it smart to round a few of these little bikes up into one post so you can see all the little bikes ready for mayhem in one spot. If the Grom isn't quite right for you, maybe one of these competitors will be.
Competitor No. 1: Kawasaki Z125 Pro
The Kawasaki Z125 Pro is the closest thing you can get to a Grom without buying a Grom. It' looks pretty much the same, has a very similar 125 cc fuel injected engine, and offers essentially the same experience with a Kawasaki badge on the bike instead of a Honda.
If you read up on the differences between the Z125 Pro and the Grom you'll see that it's not the same bike, but it's pretty darn close. If you want a Grom but simply can't find one, consider the Kawasaki Z125 Pro.
Competitor No. 2: Suzuki VanVan 200
Suzuki's VanVan motorcycle was available outside the U.S. for years, but now the company has decided it's time to bring the larger version of the bike Stateside. The VanVan 200 is a fun, little enduro-style motorcycle with a, you guessed it, 199 cc fuel injected engine.
The bike is designed for on-road riding and has the suspension and wherewithal to take on some light trail duty too. If you want a small bike like the Honda Grom, but also wanted the ability to go off pavement occasionally, this the Suzuki VanVan 200 is one heck of a competitor.
Competitor No. 3: Kymco Spade 150
Looking for an awesome little streetbike with retro styling? Kymco has you covered with its Spade 150. The Spade 150 is the perfect commuter bike for anyone who isn't crazy about the Honda Grom's sport bike styling.
The Kymco Spade 150 comes with a 149 cc engine and boasts a little more power than the Grom as you might expect. There's also a fair amount of additional parts you can buy for the bike and make it your own. The Spade 150 also just looks way better in my opinion. The retro styling fits the little bike well and makes the Kymco Spade 150 a worthy adversary to the Honda Grom.
Competitor No. 4: Cleveland Cyclewerks FXx and FXr
The Cleveland CycleWerks FXx and FXr are essentially a cross between a dirt bike and a mountain bike that you can hoon the crap out of if you want. The FXx is the off-road version of the motorcycle and the FXr is the street-legal version. Yes, you can ride this little bike on the street and have a heck of a lot of fun doing so. This is probably the most fun bike of all the Grom competitors out there, especially if you know what you're doing and have a good place to ride.
The FXx and FXr are the same bike. It's just that one has the proper lights and whatnot to be street-legal. The bike is powered by a 110 cc air-cooled engine that makes plenty of power to shoot this little bike down the road, trail, or whatever else you're riding on.