Grom Scrambler Concept Bikes: You Had Us at Knobby Tires, Honda

Honda Grom Scrambler One

Honda’s Grom, a 7/8ths-scale 125-cc motorcycle that retails for $3349, is perhaps our favorite bike in the company’s stable right now. It’s cheap, it’s slow, and, most important, it’s the perfect bike for beginners. That it looks absolutely awesome with its stripped-down, mini-sportbike countenance is a bonus. But what if you’re into something a bit more . . . scrambled? Lucky you, because Honda is bringing two specially outfitted Groms to the 2015 Tokyo auto show.

Dubbed Grom50 Scrambler Concept-One and Grom50 Scrambler Concept-Two, both are tricked out to resemble so-called “scrambler” bikes (Ducati actually sells a bike by the same name that follows the same formula), which means they have a semblance of off-road ability. Words cannot describe how badly we want Honda to actually sell these.

Honda Grom Scrambler One

Although similar in concept, Scrambler Concept-One is slightly different from Scrambler Concept-Two. The first is painted silver, but retains the standard Grom’s gold-colored suspension forks, and also wears neat “3” numbering, a smattering of chrome pieces, and the aforementioned knobby off-road tires.

The Scrambler Concept-Two, on the other hand, gets a seemingly Anglo-inspired tan-and-green color scheme and more traditional centralized gauge cluster in place of the One’s off-center piece. In fact, the gauge clusters—really just neat digital tachometers with other info stuffed into its center—are special; the regular Grom has a digital unit, too, but it’s not color, and nor does it look this cool. Not only are the tachs among our favorite features of the concept bikes, they’re also different from Scrambler to Scrambler, with a sort of future-racer look adorning the One’s and a more traditional, lower-key style for the Two.

Honda Grom Scrambler Concept Two

So far, the standard Grom has been a runaway success here in the States. As with any wheeled product, however, keeping things fresh is critical, so we hope Honda is at least thinking about using these concepts as starting points for the first special-edition Groms. Honda’s U.S. motorcycle website so far only lists 2015 Grom models, which received new color schemes relative to the 2014s—these would make fine additions to the 2016 lineup! Do it, Honda!

Honda Grom Scrambler Concept Two

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