Project Honda Grom Wrap-Up

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By Troy Siahaan

Our Project Honda Grom has put us through quite the whirlwind of emotions. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, check out our Top 10 Honda Grom mods, build story, and especially our 24-hour race recap to get caught up. To take an incredibly long story and sum it up: our Honda Grom made great power (for a Grom anyway) but was plagued with atrocious handling. Simply put, it was one of the most frightening motorcycles we’ve ever ridden. The front end was unpredictable and far from confidence inspiring, though tedious tweaking from teammate and suspension guru Ed Sorbo helped make the bike rideable, at least.

Though we finished the race, the whole team left with a sour taste in our mouths, but I especially felt dejected at the fact zero testing time meant we finished nowhere near the top of the standings. The Grom project was supposed to end here, but I simply wouldn’t have felt right giving the Grom back to Honda with that feeling of defeat hanging over our heads. So after a little begging and pleading with Duke and bean-counter Alexander, I got the green light to bust our racing budget, right our Grom’s wrongs, and take it out for battle one last time with our friends at the United Mini Racing Association during the organization’s inaugural season finale at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, California. Why UMRA? Because it’s an organization for riders, by riders, with plenty of track time, and equally as important, stacked grids.

We were all smiles after completing 24 hours on our Project Honda Grom, but we knew there was untapped potential.

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