Elsewhere in this issue you'll find Zack Courts' First Ride report on the new Honda Grom, an adorably awkward, street-legal playbike that exists somewhere near the intersection of BMX bike, full-size motorcycle, and bus pass. With stylized bodywork, a gold-anodized USD fork, and high-tech disc brake, it certainly looks modern. But the ungainly architecture imposed by small, fat tires and the distinct silhouette of that horizontally oriented, single-cylinder engine inextricably connect the Grom—SoCal slang for a young surfer—to Honda's long, successful legacy of minibikes from the '60s and '70s. One thing Honda excelled at during the '60s was making motorcycling fun and attractive to non-riders—those "nicest people" who previously never imagined themselves as motorcyclists. One way Red did this was building an almost endless series of quirky minibikes that looked and sounded nothing like big, backfiring, oil-spewing Harley-Davidsons their local Hells Angel preferred. They were bikes just like the Grom, in other words, with tiny frames, chubby tires, docile four-stroke singles, and automatic (or semi-automatic) transmissions that literally anyone could operate. "If you can put one foot in front of the other," read one period ad, "you can ride them."