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Honda Activa HET: Road Test

by Arun Mohan Nadar Photography: Kunal Khadse Posted on 21 Mar 2013182,427 Views33 Comments

With the price of fuel going skywards, Honda has updated its best selling scooter, Activa with a HET-technology. With this addition, it claims that the efficiency of the Activa has gone up. ZigWheels finds out how much of a difference has it really made

 

New Honda Activa HET

 

 

Design:

Styling is the department where the new Activa has been neglected since design wise there has been no change in the new Activa, in fact it is impossible to differentiate the older and the new model. The only visual differentiating factor between the old and the new is the HET-badge stuck on the left-hand side panel of the scooter. Personally I feel this is a good move by Honda since the Activa has a conservative styling and neutral design to please the masses.

 

The clean and crisp line of the Activa makes it look still fresh and appealing. The instrument cluster remains same which is easy to read and understand but one feels a digital instrument cluster would have made more sense. Also the new Activa gets equipped with CLIC (Convenient lift-up independent cover) – mechanism, this feature helps the owner to access the engine easily by just unscrewing three-bolts for maintenance. The fit and finish on the Activa is top notch with even panel gaps and good quality plastics all around.

 

 

\The new HET updated engine

 

 

Engine:

One look at the engine case and there is hardly any difference between the old mill and the new one but all the new mechanical transformation lies underneath it with the HET-update. So what’s this HET? Well it stands for Honda eco technology and the primary role of it is to reduce friction among the mating parts. The reduction in friction leads to improved performance and efficiency. Apart from that the new Activa gets Nickel coated spark plug which is a first for the scooter segment and the plugs have rounded edges, these changes have resulted in improved combustion.

 

One of the major changes made to the heart of the Activa is that the crankcase offset has been increased which has resulted in improved combustion and reliability. Although the increased offset hasn’t made any changes to the Activa’s power and torque figures but the new engine feels much peppier while the throttle response is more crisp. The inlets ports have been completely re-engineered and low-tension piston rings have been employed. The pulley converter ratios have been modified to enhance the smoothness of the auto transmission. All these updates have also made the new engine much more vibe free and the NVH levels are excellent. 

 

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With the price of fuel going skywards, Honda has updated its best selling scooter, Activa with a HET-technology. With this addition, it claims that the efficiency of the Activa has gone up. ZigWheels finds out how much of a difference has it really made

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