The Ducati Panigale R’s race-bred, 1198cc engine, with its titanium valves and connecting rods makes a heady 205 HP. Cradled inside Ducati’s Monoscocca chassis, the liquid cooled engine makes the Panigale R see speeds upwards of 320 km/h – the cheetah of motorcycling then. A Honda Grom, on the other hand, is an ant in comparison. With just 9-odd HP from its single-cylinder motor and those tiny wheels. the Grom is a tepid city slicker with a bit of funk.
Someone terminally unhinged from Thailand has done the unbelievable – swapped the Grom’s humble engine with the Ducati Panigale R’s fire breathing monster of an engine. The result – a 205 HP Honda Grom that’s borderline psychotic. The Grom’s chassis has been significantly strengthened and revised to accommodate the Italian engine, and seeing the trademark, Ducati branded golden-colored magnesium alloy clutch cover peek out of a Grom’s abdomen is eerily intimidating.
Further details of this explosive build are scarce, but additional bits like Brembo disc brakes, USD front forks, golden wheels, stickier rubber and a flatter handlebar with bar end mirrors have been incorporated into the monster Grom. There’s one more angle to this story, which makes us respect the build and its creator even more – right after getting the engine swap completed, the monster Grom burned up due to a fuel line leak. The owner didn’t want things to end that way though, and set out to buy another Ducati Panigale 1199 R, only to strip it for another heart transplant!