That's right, friends, 8.96 hp on the Cycle World dyno is close enough for us to call it 9, and that's plenty to get the holeshot on unsuspecting Camrys. If you can get there without getting on a freeway, the Grom will take you—55 mph at 7,000 rpm in top cog (fourth) isn't a bad place to be. Except for the seat, anyway; the dense foam Honda chose definitely came from the dirtbike department, and unless you're heavy enough to really compress the rear spring (no names), the seat's forward cant wants to give you a snuggie and slide you up against the tank. Aside from that, you really can't complain about what your $2,999 buys (not that you'll likely find a Grom for that, so quickly are buyers snapping them up, according to a local Honda dealer). In addition to the LCD instrument panel from the CBR500R/CB-F/CB-X (complete with bar-graph tach, gas gauge, clock, etc.), the Grom also shares footpegs, switchgear, master cylinders, levers, turn signals, and all sorts of components with the Thai-built twins—and all of it's just as functional on the Grom. There aren't many obvious economizers, but the use of a non-O-ring drive chain is one, complete with master link. And the high beam on our Grom's headlight is nice and bright, but the low beam's already burned out—unexpected behavior from a Japanese motorcycle. Might have been the skatepark duty!