Time To Buy A Good Second Motorcycle!

Since I bought the TaoTao TBR7, I’ve had fun riding it as a new motorcyclist ( I Got My Pa Motorcycle Learner’s Permit! ), and of course, being a Chonda(like a Hawk 250), I’ve had fun doing upgrades ( My TaoTao TBR7 Upgrades To Do List. ).

It’s amazing what results I got out of many of the upgrades. The TBR7 will now cruise the highway, not like a speed demon, but it will cruise in the right lane and get me places.

Earlier I decided to take a serious look at the Honda Grom. I even contacted a motorcycle salesperson to ask for the out-DA-door price ( Interested In A Honda Grom or Grom “Clone”? ).

Weird how he never got back to me. I a plain looking person; I often get ignored even at new car dealerships. However, it allowed me to think further about getting the Honda Grom, or maybe not.

I had fun upgrading and modifying my TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle and figured my next motorcycle would have the ability to upgrade and modify it as well. Then it hit me.

I Like Tinkering, And A Second Bike Will Help.

The Honda Grom is fuel injected and pretty much mechanically complete. The only real changes I can expect to make with the Honda Grom are cosmetic. I am seriously looking for a second motorcycle to visually customize and get some serious wrench time.  

Because I am interested in working on my next motorcycle, I decided to change my focus to a ‘cheaper’ Grom Clone. Being cheaper, I can expect a need to upgrade parts, and I have money left over to do modifications to the motorcycle.

Chinese Grom Clones does not have fuel injection, which means I can further my wrench time working on fine-tuning a carburetor for better performance gains. Now fuel injection sounds great, but I want to get out of my system the desire to spend time-wrenching on my bike.

The Chinese Grom Clones I’ve been researching are like blank slates waiting for the final touches of their new owners. Time to get those wrenches out.

Which Chinese Grom-Clone To Buy?

I have narrowed it down to a couple of Chinese Grom Clones, just pointing out a few ideas here.

First, I thought of the TaoTao HellCat. MotoCheeze has posted many YT videos about this Grom Clone, and my first motorcycle, and only, is a TaoTao TBR7. This motorcycle might be a good match for me.

Then I thought about the Boom Vader. I find this motorcycle is mentioned many in forums and who doesn’t like the name, BOOM Vader!

Well, to help settle this, I posted a question in one of my favorite Chinese bike owners’ forums, asking for suggestions and why.  

I’ll keep you up to date; I hope to finally pull the trigger and get a good second motorcycle soon.

If you have advice on what Grom clone I should pick, or want to share your experiences, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Ride Safe, Ride Fun!

Picture of me, as a New Motorcyclist.
Just Me…Newly Licensed.

Hi I’m Tom, A New Motorcycle Rider and Blog Author.

I am a new rider(Pa Learners Permit at the end of 2020, and I received a Pa Motorcycle License in 2021 after passing a Motorcycle Safety Course).

I bought my first motorcycle, a TaoTao TBR7, at the beginning of 2021 and have been doing upgrades on that motorcycle since.

I added to my motorcycle collection by buying a Boom Vader Gen 2 in 2022, and that Grom-Clone motorcycle has been upgraded by me as well.

I continue to ride my Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle as well as my TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport bike.

Read more on my About Me page.

Fun Fact: I’ve only been on one group ride.

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