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Aww that was precious to watch! Good to see some love for our Zs and a constructive comparison review. I feel that the Z vs Grom debate might get heated between the groups in the future so its nice having a nice neutral one. :D
 

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Aww that was precious to watch! Good to see some love for our Zs and a constructive comparison review. I feel that the Z vs Grom debate might get heated between the groups in the future so its nice having a nice neutral one. :D
I'm leaning heavily towards the Z125 being the better bike, and I own a Grom!

I like the Zs styling better and the fact that it has an external oil filter instead of the Grom's idiotic internal oil spinner. The shock position is better for making adjustments, textured side panels are nicer, stock wheels look nicer, it has a nicely shaped seat instead of just a slab, the mirrors are a WAY nicer design, has wave petal brake discs, instrument panel comes with a cowl, stock signals are a better design, comes with a lower cowl/Belly Pan, O2 sensor is in the exhaust instead of in the head, has a gear indicator. Even the rear fender is better looking. Overall, it looks less like a toy and more like a down-sized motorcycle.

What's not to like? Diehard Honda or Grom fans will diss it, of course, but to non-loyalists like me it just seems like a better package all around. :smile2:
 

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I feel there will be a lot of diehards saying the Grom is the better bike, they'll lean on the fact that the Grom came out first and saying that the Z is a copycat bike but honestly I kinda like that - Kawasaki obviously saw that, saw its success and worked out how to make it better. The styling is so much more angular and nicer, the Grom is a very cartoony sort of blocky style. The Z from initial reports seems to have a little more punch and I much prefer the look of the dials. All in all, even when the new shape Grom comes out here, I'm not going to be jealous or feel disappointed with my Z :D
 

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I feel there will be a lot of diehards saying the Grom is the better bike, they'll lean on the fact that the Grom came out first and saying that the Z is a copycat bike but honestly I kinda like that - Kawasaki obviously saw that, saw its success and worked out how to make it better. The styling is so much more angular and nicer, the Grom is a very cartoony sort of blocky style. The Z from initial reports seems to have a little more punch and I much prefer the look of the dials. All in all, even when the new shape Grom comes out here, I'm not going to be jealous or feel disappointed with my Z :D
In reality, though some Grom owners may not acknowledge it, the Grom was a copycat of the Kawasaki KSR110 which came out in 2012, a whole year before the Grom. Honda just gave it a slightly larger engine and made it a bit larger.

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In reality, though some Grom owners may not acknowledge it, the Grom was a copycat of the Kawasaki KSR110 which came out in 2012, a whole year before the Grom. Honda just gave it a slightly larger engine and made it a bit larger.

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Hey that's actually a really valid point! I totally forgot about the KSR! Well. There you go :p
 
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