Honda has always had a knack for fun little motorcycles since the 1960s after introducing the Z50 Monkey, which still remains as a classic up to this day. In 2013, they introduced a more modern take on smaller bikes with the MSX125, also known as the Honda Grom. Since its introduction, the Honda MSX125 Grom gained popularity with a loyal cult following within the UK, USA, Thailand, and Japan. After some rumors started going around of an upcoming update, Honda was quick to dispel all speculations and unveiled the 2021 MSX Grom with a visual makeover, and some engine updates.
One of the most obvious changes comes from its overall design. The new Grom now sports a new octagon-shaped headlight with turn indicators sitting right on top of the head cluster. It now features larger, stand-alone fuel tank covers, with matching removable side plates. Its saddle has been redesigned for a flatter profile with its mini-ducktail rear end that houses its taillight, and turn indicators.
Its quick-release body panels allow its owners to customize the new Honda Grom with only six screws and contrasting washers to detach the panels. It’s safe to assume that honda could be offering a selection of fun-colored body panels for future owners to swap to their own liking.
The 2021 Honda MSX125 Grom is powered by an updated Euro 5 compliant 125 cc single-cylinder engine that generates 9.6 hp and 10.5 Nm of torque. It is now mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, as opposed to the previous model’s 4-speed gearbox. In addition, 31mm inverted forks paired with a rear mono-shock keeps the little bike aloft while stopping duties are provided for by a 220 mm disc at the front, and a 190 mm disc for the rear, both with a single-piston caliper for its braking system. It tips the scales at only about 103 kg, which is about .5 kg lighter than the outgoing 2020 model.
Honda still has not made any announcements on the official pricing and availability of the 2021 MSX125 Grom. However, to avoid confusion, they already took the liberty of officially changing its nomenclature by adding “Grom” next to “MSX125”, regardless of where it would be sold. Whether or not the new Honda MSX125 Grom eventually makes its way to Philippine shores is yet to be determined. However, from this side of the world, we all know that these fun little bikes also make for good commuters, even for grown-ups.