You’ll be fine on an otherwise stock bike. It would make a bit more power with the proper tune, but you won’t damage anything…
Yeah 60+ is a good speed. I’m not really after anymore speed as I only use it on store runs. 45-50 mph is pretty much all need. It takes off fast enough that I can get in front at stop light.I have a two brothers S1r and K&N filter, stock box. Sent my ECU to DHM, he fattened it up nicely. It was only $100 when I did it a couple of years ago. Turn around was very fast, but I did it off season. Nice easy stage one upgrade.
The little 2015 easily gets 62 63. I'm 180 lbs. and 3 up on rear sprocket. Down hill with a stock sprocket 4 or 5 mph more probably. Bike is stock otherwise.
Rebel 500 is nice, unfortunately with 2 back surgeries seating position on the rebel really hurts the back. The Monkey is light enough and the upright seating position plus padded seat keeps me riding.Agreed, you have the right idea, Groms are meant to just cruise around. I do like the steeper gear in the rear. It will drop your top end, but does help you get out in front at a stop light.
I have a Honda rebel 500, which is by no means a real fast bike, but after riding the Grom for a day, the Rebel feels like a rocket ship. Do love my Grom though.