Consumer Editor of Bennetts BikeSocial, John's owned over 20 bikes, has been testing motorcycle kit for more than 25 years and is a member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, and part of the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group.
Charlie Brown from Kent first started riding in 2012 (not to his Mum’s amusement, he tells us). His first machine was a Honda CBR125, then after a year of riding, he bought himself a brand new Yamaha YZF-R125.
He tells us that he loves modifying bikes, so he transformed the YZF into a Red Bull race replica, which was then sadly stolen and crashed.
He bought himself another YZF, then shortly after that – in January 2015 – he spotted a Honda MSX125 on eBay at Maidstone Honda; “It was near where I worked, so I popped over for a look and fell in love with the look and styling.
“They’re just awesome little machines – before I knew it, the Grom was at home in my garden.
“Since buying it, I have of course modified it, changing the exhaust to a low-mounted one, adding a headlight cowl, belly pan, seat cowl, ProTaper handlebars and adjustable levers. I’ve still got plans for loads more tweaks, like a hydraulic clutch and possibly even a big-bore kit. There’s always new stuff coming out for them – it’s hard to keep up!
“For a little bike, it’s very comfortable. I’ve had a few runs to Southend on Sea and loved every mile. It barely used any fuel on the 50 mile round trip – just over a quarter of a tank. That’s a lot of smiles per gallon.
“I use the bike to get to work – it turns heads every day.”