Honda Grom Off Road Build – Everything You Need to Know
Written by Ross M. Perkins
If you’re looking to transform your bike from a street Grom to an off road Grom with dirt bike aesthetics, these are some of the parts and modifications that I’ve found to make the Grom more capable off road. After picking up my 2018 Honda Grom ABS with 1 mile on it in September of 2018, I knew that it was going to take some work to get it where I wanted it to be as far as aesthetics go. I was never a huge fan of the sport bike look, so I decided it would be best to go the route of a dirt bike or adventure bike with my Honda Grom off road build. After a lot of research, ordering parts and modifying other parts, my Honda Grom off road/dirt bike build finally started to take shape.
This article covers:
Parts that I’ve installed on my Off Road Honda Grom (both previous & current parts)
Overview of Honda Grom Off Road Tires
Expectations for taking a Honda Grom Off Road
Honda Grom Off Road Parts
The visual aesthetics of a Honda Grom off road build are fun and all– and can really help your motorcycle look like it belongs in the dirt– but the most functional and most important upgrade that you can do, from my experience, is upgrading the tires from the stock street tires to a hearty set of off road tires that’ll really allow you to push your Grom and ride it the way that you want off road. Without traction you won’t be going anywhere very easily.
Grom Off Road Tires
We have 3 Groms in the garage and they each run one of these tires.
All of these options are Dual Sport designs so they excel both on and off pavement.
Further down in the article I give a brief overview of each off road tire model.
JT Sprockets 14T Steel Front Sprocket - Link
Universal Slip-On Muffler - 310mm - Link
High-Mount Exhaust Header - Link
Protaper SE YZ High Bend Handlebars - Link
Kenimoto 7/8” 30mm Handlebar Risers - Link
MZS Short Brake & Clutch Levers - Link
DIY Airbox Mod - How-To Video Link (not mine)
Lighting & Electrical
AUTOSAVER88 5" Led Light Pod - Headlight with Number Plate - Link
Partsam LED Strip Turn Signals - Wrapped them around the forks - Link
VViViD Headlight Vinyl Tint (comes in multiple colors) - On OEM Headlight- Link
Willpower 6” LED Light Bars (comes with 2) - Link
Nilight LED Light Bar Wiring Kit (hooks up 2 light bars) - Link
Targa Fender Eliminator Kit with Smaller Turn Signals - Link
Perfect Fit Smoked Front Turn Signals w/ LED Blinker Relay - Link
MOTOPOWER Motorcycle USB Charger Kit - Link
BlueFire Motorcycle Alarm - Link
Motard Front Fender - Photo on Left - Link
Podoy Honda CRF50 Plastics Kit - Photo on Right - Link
OEM Honda Type B Number Plate - Link
Cargo Rack - made for OG Grom, not SF, required modification to fairing - Link
Bride/NOI Flat Seat (currently on the bike) - Link
Powerwarauto/NOI Flat Seat - Link
Uxcell Universal Rear Mud Guard - Link
JFG Racing Hand Guards (come in multiple colors) - Link
LeaningTech 7/8” Handlebar End Mirrors - Link
Roam Handlebar Cell Phone Holder - Link
Pevor Motorcycle Tail Bag - Link
Headlight Bash Bar - Purchased through eBay and shipped from Thailand.
Modified the stock front fender to cover only the rear portion of the tire to help block mud from the engine
Honda Grom Off Road Tires Overview
I’m currently running the Kenda K784 Big Block Tires (Link)
My lady is running the Kenda K761 Tires (Front Link & Rear Link).
My brother is running the Maxxis M6024 Tires (Front Link & Rear Link).
All of these tires are a massive improvement over the stock v-rubber design that come on the Grom from the factory. Road feel is nice and sturdy while on pavement, even through the corners, and when you turn onto dirt they have a bite that keeps you from sliding around uncontrollably. On the Maxxis and Kenda Big Block tires the large knobby profile of the tires really help to dig into dirt and mud to provide greater traction and stability– without sacrificing performance on the pavement, they just have a little different feel to them, which is expected when going from a street to dual sport tire.
Riding Profile of Each Grom Off Road Tire
For riders that want to get all that they can out of their Honda Grom off road build, I’d recommend the Kenda K784 Big Block & Maxxis M6024 off road tires. Their deep, knobby tread designs really dig into the dirt and enhance confidence and control immensely. They do feel a little bumpy on pavement at first, but you will adjust quickly and this feeling lessens the more you ride.
If you do spend the majority of your time on pavement, the Kenda K761 off road tires are a phenomenal balance of pavement and gravel performance. They provide enough bite in the dirt to make the bike feel more confident, yet they remain smooth on the pavement– especially compared to the knobby tread of the other two options.
No matter which of the three off road tires you decide to snag for your Honda Grom off road build you’ll be satisfied. I rocked the stock tires off road for a few weeks when I first purchased my bike and it was do-able, but they left so much to be desired. I’ve tested out all of the upgrades listed here and the performance increase is night and day. Figure out how hardcore you want your tires to be, then choose the brand that you prefer and go tear up the dirt.
Riding a Honda Grom Off Road
– Is it right for you?
For riders that are super serious about tackling trails, a Honda Grom off road setup may not be the most ideal or practical– but for those that are okay with taking the road less traveled at a slower pace and with a massive smile on their face, off road accessories can make your Grom a competent little adventure bike. The biggest drawback of the Honda Grom is the small 12 inch wheels. This means that tackling obstacles, such as deep ruts and fallen trees, require a little more attention and finesse to conquer.
However, the fact that these little 125cc bikes only weigh around 229 pounds and get 134 mpg, they are very easy to maneuver and can go a respectable distance between fill-ups. Range can easily be increased by bringing along a couple fuel bottles, such as the MSR 30 ounce Liquid Fuel Bottles, this method can greatly increase the miles you trek off road on your Grom without much added weight.