#2018StuntGrom - Stock 2 Stunt Full Build by Justin Murphy

2018 Stunt Grom Build

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Since I started riding motorcycle 4 years ago there’s always been an allure to stunting. I’ve put over 30,000 miles on the road in those couple years and countless more on the race track with Team Kindafast; the inner hooligan always yearning for more. After an accident that totaled Nadia I decided 2018 would start a new chapter in this two wheeled adventure and I’d give stunting a real try. As a big dude, jumping directly onto a big stunt bike would probably not be the best for my wallet or more importantly my body.

While I was traveling in Thailand, I fell in love with the Honda MSX, flickable, comfortable and just downright fun. So logically I got in touch with the resident MSX/Grom guru of Grand Rapids (Dallas), and I bought one shortly after I returned to the US to start my journey.

In this post I include links to all the parts needed to build a “professional” high quality stunt Grom in about a month.

From Stock to Stunt - Full Parts List

The Bike

1x New Bright Yellow 2018 Honda Grom - $3,636 w/ tax, fees, etc.

Phase 1 (Pre-Break-in, pretty much everything cosmetic)

1x KevTek Custom Build Subframe - $280

1x TST Undertail, Fender Eliminator, & Integrated LED Tail Light System - $102 (on sale)

1x TST LED Flushmount Turn Signals for Honda Grom - $14 (on sale)

1x TST 2 Pin LED Flasher Relay Gen2-F - $16

1x TST Signal Plug Converters for Honda 3-2 - $5

2x Womet-Tech Universal Mini-Bike Axle Slider Kit - $40

1x PSD Full Hand Brake Big Rotor Kit w/ RSC14 - $771

1x Honda Grom OEM 220 “Big Rotor” - $45

1x Frame Braces | Honda Grom/MSX 125 - $39

1x Pro Taper SE Series 7/8" Standard Handlebars - $63

1x Race Tech Grom MSX 125 Fork Springs (.70kg) - $136

Parts: $1,511

Total: $5,147

Phase 2 (Post Break-in Motor Stuff)

*Coming this Spring*


Now I realize this is Tremendously expensive for a toy, especially for what is essentially a scooter, but I wanted to do it right. I wanted to learn on the right stuff, and protect the bike as much as possible without limiting it. I’m a firm believer in the buy once, cry once mentality, so I bought the best stuff I could find out there, finding deals where I could. I also spent the money on new stuff, because I wanted to know it was fresh and less likely to break.  Lastly, I wanted to build this myself, I wanted this bike to be mine. In the past I never really cared about how my bike looked, I just wanted to go fast in the corners, put an elbow down and do shitty highway wheelies on my under-powered 07' ZX6R.

This is different.

Build Series


Cheers to 2018 Folks!

2018 - "Goals" by Justin Murphy

I don't think I've ever publicly published my goals, nor have I ever done one of these list things as a serious manner, mostly for fear of failure, but if there's anything I've learned in 2017 it's how to fail and still get there. So here's what I'm going to achieve in 2018, at all costs.


Lose 30 more pounds 💪

This will be exceptionally hard, but giving up beer has made it much easier. I’m going to achieve this by going to the Gym every single day, whether I go hard or just do the bare minimum which I've defined as my warmup, a 3 mile walk @ 4mph. I'll post progress each quarter.

Build out a Van 🚐

There’s no other time in my life I’m going to be able to do this, so I’m doing it. The overall plan here is to complete a van build out that will house 2 motorcycles and have space to work/sleep/live within. I don’t want a house, I need a space because 🏍, and traveling new places is a passion. Best case I see the whole US, race motorcycles in each state and stunt it up with the various Grom Squads nationwide. Worst case, I drive up to Canada and hang out with bears during nuclear winter. This seems to be the best medium to do it, cliché millennial as it may be.

Get hired working remote with AWS/Azure/GCP. ☁️

I love the web, I love virtual infrastructure, and I have a solid grip on all 3 of these platforms with varying production level experience. Ideally Pre-Sales or DevOps would fit best with my skill set, but I’m shooting for an opportunity that will give me immense growth options. These platforms are expansive and are powering more of the web each day. I want to be a part of enabling companies to build secure infrastructures to power their products. Remote is the kicker though, I can't work from an office every single day anymore; I need the flexibility, and the freedom so this one will be tricky.

Get a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ tattoo

This is a freebie, I just show up and pay @vinotattoo

Watch Crypto shoot for the moon! 🚀

...or watch my moonshot investments implode. If you’re not in the game, you’re missing out on influencing the future of money/value. Which technology will come out on top is anyone's guess, but no matter what the blogs say it's still early in the game.

Why everyone should quit their job and travel by Justin Murphy

-- at some point in their 20s. probably even 30s.

First - some back story: I quit my job and I’ve been traveling in Thailand for almost 2 months now. I can honestly say this is one of the greatest life decisions I’ve made. It cost me nearly $15,000 in time away from work, a bit of pride waking up in a McDonalds at 4am, and I've injured myself quite a bit; but I’ve learned so much about me, what I want in life and what truly makes me happy.

I’m no travel guru, I haven’t been everywhere, I don’t know everything, and I mess up regularly. I do know however, that this is something you should do if it has ever crossed your mind.

Who. What. When. Where. Why.

A silly format, but I think it breaks down this whole argument in the best way possible.

Who

You obviously. You’re unhappy, unsatisfied, or maybe ‘something’ is missing and you’re not sure what. Hello! Welcome to everyone's inner monologue. We’re not that different as human beings, we feel the same, we think similarly (especially with social media nowadays), and we all rarely follow through on our impulses or ideas for various often pathetic reasons.

Be different. Not for your significant other. Not for your family. Not for anyone. Do it for you.

What

TRAVEL THE WORLD, probably not, but at least get out an see something vastly different. It’s 2017 motherfuckaaaa! You can literally go anywhere in the world above ground, underwater gets tricky. Also Visas, can be interesting for some folk, but that's another topic.

If you’re not a traveler or have zero inkling to travel, you probably aren’t reading this post; and that’s fine! Some people are home bodies, they dig their niche and enjoy the comfort. I will however say one of the top 25 regrets people have on their deathbed is not traveling more, so I’d suggest busting out a bit. :)

When

There will NEVER be a “perfect time”. Let me write that again. There. Will. Never. Be. A. Perfect. Time. To. Travel. Don’t count on it, don’t plan on it, life’s gonna happen, your car engine could blow up the day before your flight, you never know. You just pick a date, and roll with it. While I do suggest preparing appropriately, I’ve met people who have done this with nothing but a backpack and $800. In all honestly it’s probably actually easier that way.. you’ve got nothing to lose, no consequences.. but alas that’s not most people.

So how do you prepare?

  1. Come to the realization that work is work, you’ll always be able to find another job, work is not your life. I had a cushy job out of college, it took me a minute to figure this out.

  2. Save an emergency fund. 3-6mo is ‘standard’, 1-2mo should suffice for your initial journey; r/personalfinance would kill me for saying that.

  3. Pay off short term debt. Don’t travel carrying any credit card balances. It’s dumb. Student Loans, Car loans, Mortgages, long term debt is fine. That balance you’re carrying from those Nike Air Yeezy 2's you bought but couldn’t afford is not.

  4. Start a blog. Duh. (*sarcasm* - but journaling while traveling is an incredible tool whether you publish or not.)

  5. Book a flight. (Save money! Do it cheap! Do it with credit card points!)

  6. Give your work appropriate notice if required.

  7. Go! (Woo!)

Where

Where should I go? Go to the first place that just popped into your head. If you have no idea, here's a shitty quiz or may I suggest literally anywhere in SEA <3.

To expand though, I think this is one of the most important questions, not because the location matters but because the situation matters. To get those ‘wow' moments of growth you’re probably looking for, travel somewhere that you know absolutely nobody and someplace that you know absolutely nothing about. I truly believe this is a key factor in learning how you deal with awkward/dangerous situations, loneliness, your inner monologue, decision making, figuring out what you wake up for, and quite generally --life.

Why

You could’ve just knocked up that girl you're laying next to as you stumbled across this post making travel plans. You could lose both your legs in a car accident tomorrow because some dude couldn't control his mustang brake stand. The person texting and driving just sent you and your motorcycle into a guard rail at 85. Poof. Shit happens.

But more realistically, you are going to wake up tomorrow with your Grandkids asking you what your favorite place in the world is and you'll come to the realization that you're not sure because you haven't sampled the amazing places this planet offers. 


Traveling is easier than ever. The world is more accepting than ever. You’re only getting older.

Get out there.