Auto Expo 2014: Honda Activa 125 Preview
We’ve been talking about a bigger scooter from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) for what seems like forever now, and finally the wraps were pulled off from the much awaited Activa 125 at the recently held Auto Expo 2014, which comes with a spanking new 125cc engine. It has all the visual traits you would expect from a model rolling out of the Honda stable. A well sculpted metal body which despite being subtle in styling is fairly appealing for its practicality and sturdiness.
The highlight of the front design is it’s puffed out front panel which holds a chrome wing-like strip, a pair of clear lens indicator and a contrasting black crown sitting above the headlight, just like the one found on Hero Motocorp’s Maestro. The other inspiration from Maestro is the chunky rear grabrail. The Acitva 125 also has a long and flat seat and a comfortable straight-back riding position, ideal for a city work horse.
The basic Activa is the best selling scooter in our country, popular for its efficient 110cc engine, no-nonsense design, low maintenance and excellent resale value. The other 110cc offering is the more spunky Dio aimed squarely at the younger lot of buyer. Now with their first 125cc scooter in India, the company hopes to keep Indian scooter buyers involved and excited about Honda products.
Moreover, the Activa 125 gives the Japanese auto major entry into the upper rung of scooters which till now was dominated by the Suzuki Access and Swish, with Mahindra trying hard to catching up with their Duro and Rodeo. Though the segment boasts of a bigger and more powerful engine, on paper the difference in power output of 110cc and 125cc motor is very marginal. For instance, Suzuki recently unveiled its debut 110ccc scooter (conspicuously named - Let’s) which uses a 112.8cc engine that produces 8.7PS compared to its elder sibling Swish which makes 8.58PS.