American Honda has introduced a selection of machines that will be in its 2014 powersports lineup, including the 125cc Grom street bike, 279cc Forza scooter and CRF250L dual-sport.
“This is really a fun time for Honda fans, as we unveil these incredibly cool machines for 2014 that reach out to entirely different segments of the market,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “This introduction serves as a perfect example of what 2014 is going to be like for Honda, as we continue to bring diverse and completely new concepts to riders, no matter what kind of machines they might favor.”
New to Honda’s lineup is the “friendly and fun-loving Grom, an easy-to-handle package that makes you grin when you see it and keeps you grinning as you ride,” continued Savino. “And we have the impressive new Forza scooter, a very able 300-class machine with strong performance and economical operation for solo riding or two-up travel.” Returning for 2014 is the CRF250L, which was introduced last year.
It’s an excellent fit for both new and experienced riders, but to Gen Y buyers in particular the Grom carries a bit of attitude while promising fun times: the compact frame size, low seat, inverted front fork and hydraulic disc brakes make this the real deal. The fuel-injected 125cc engine delivers lots of torque, the 4-speed manual transmission works just like any other full-sized bike, the maneuverability and handling make it a joy to ride, and there’s even room for a passenger. Factor in its efficient size with an affordable price, and there’s just no way you can pass up this chance to get out and ride. Colors: Pearl Red, Metallic Black; Price: $2999; Availability: August
The Forza is a mid-displacement machine that boasts some pretty high-tech credentials: a fuel-injected liquid-cooled 300-class engine with a single overhead camshaft and four-valve head with sophisticated roller rocker arms. That all adds up to a ride that’s big enough for extended rides for two, but versatile, practical and economical enough to keep transportation costs way down. Color: Pearl Red; Price: $5599, $6099 for Combined ABS model; Availability: July
This dual-sport machine is powered by a compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC 249cc single-cylinder four-stroke powerplant that produces smooth and consistent torque at low rpm to aid off-road work, yet the short-stroke engine also spins up excellent high-rpm performance for the street. All through the rev range, the CRF250L pumps out a well-balanced and very capable level of power. Its off-road-oriented chassis, which includes a long-travel 43mm inverted fork and single-shock Pro-Link rear suspension, makes it equally at home on city streets or country trails. And with styling cues carried over from Honda’s legendary CRF motocross bikes, the CRF250L offers the full package. Color: Red; Price: TBD; Availability: June