Life with a Honda MSX125 | Charlie Brown, serial modifier

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a Yamaha MT-10 and Honda Grom. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

 

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.

 

Honda Grom owner review modified Honda Grom

 

“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.”

 

Honda Grom owner review modified Honda Grom
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