Honda hasn't been able to keep Groms on showroom floors since the bike was first released in 2013. Seriously. I was in a dealership last week and the tag said double the $2,999 msrp. So, it's no surprise that other manufacturers have made plans to throw an entry into the fray.
Kawasaki was first to get in the mix, with their Z125 Pro. Now it seems Suzuki is one step closer, after filing for patents in the U.S., China, and Europe.
News of the EXTRIGGER first appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, where it was debuted as a concept bike. The designs depicted in the patents are actually quite similar to those first pictures of the EXTRIGGER concept, with elements of the frame, swingarm, and headlight all looking nearly identical.
Initial reports claimed the EXTRIGGER would use the motor from Suzuki's eLets scooter, which has a 20 mile range and 20 mph top speed. Hopefully, the success of the Grom and its playbike nature will have inspired Suzuki to give the EXTRIGGER something quite a bit sportier. Because an electric motor could be perfect.