A 205 hp Honda Grom? Just Add A Panigale Engine!

This is what happens when a Honda “Grom” MSX 125 is treated with a Ducati Panigale 1199 R  engine. In stock form, the MSX 125 pushes out a respectable 9 hp… but engineer Mario Kleff, based out of Pattaya, Thailand, had other plans in mind. Now, those in the know will be aware that the MSX 125 has a stalwart and cult following in South East Asia, and some of you may have even heard of Mario Kleff before too. He’s responsible for a machine known as the “Thailand Dragon” which sported a rather insane hyper-performance pushrod V2 engine with 222 cubic inches…which ran on alcohol. Now, Kleff has turned his attention to the MSX 125 and given it some serious upgrades.

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You’d think that very little of the original Honda would be left, after transplanting such a large engine into the machine, but incredibly, very little appears to have changed. The only real noticeable difference is the complex exhaust system, which replicates that of an original Panigale R. We said “appears” because in fact, a lot has happened: the original frame was ditched and re-built out of high grade titanium, the bodywork has been replaced with carbon fiber pieces, and the engine itself has been dolled up to accommodate new titanium elements, such as the headers and exhaust. On top of that, Mario has fitted the MSX with high-speed tires, on top of carbon wheels, complete with custom made, ceramic-carbon brake discs. And the MSX now comes with ABS too, which you’ll probably be needing, and some special engine upgrades and more electronic features, although we haven’t been told exactly what they are yet… It also comes with the essential bar end mirrors, just to keep things authentic…

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And what remains the same? Well, it comes with the MSX 125’s original USD style forks, the very same seat and the very same spirit. But we can assure you that it’s a very different machine altogether – with 205 hp being boasted, there’s not much else to say, is there?

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Mario Klepp and his work, because this is a guy worth following. Anyone with the balls to do something like this gets our seal of approval – and not because of the horse power rating, you need balls to contend with the amount of hate that surely comes as part and parcel of such an audacious project…


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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…