Honda Activa i : Road Test
Ever since Honda introduced the Activa in 2000, it has managed to get a tight noose in the automatic scooter segment. And although it continues to dominate the market, over time a lot more avenues have opened up for manufacturers to exploit. This class of two wheelers is no longer simply categorised by engine and efficiency but by form and function as well. While there are young and stunning offerings out there like the Honda Dio and the Suzuki Swish, the other end of the spectrum comprises scooters like the Activa and the Mahindra Duro DZ which appeal to a more mature audience.
In addition to these, a new trend of smaller and much more compact scooters is gradually cutting its way into the, well, cut-throat market. In a bid to make the most out of this sub-segment and expand on the well trusted ‘Activa’ tag, Honda has brought in the new Activa i. But can the ‘i’ live up to its family name and, perhaps, exalt it further?
i for small
Despite the big H pitching the Activa i as a unisex scooter, it is smaller and sleeker than the Activa making it a better fit for the fairer sex. The slim front fascia with the clear lens turn indicators and the leaning headlight make the scooter appear fresh. The arc shaped side panels that blend well into the tail lights host the Activa i badge. Even though the dimensions are similar to the Activa, the younger offering is much lighter thanks to its fibre body panels. It is also marginally longer (30mm) than the Activa, but still the floorboard is big enough to rest just the foot, leave aside the front storage box that’s available as an option on the Activa. The seat, however, is long enough to seat two comfortably.
Like all scooters, this too has a basic instrument cluster with an analogue speedo and a fuel gauge. Switch gear is par for the course while the handle bars are well positioned for a good riding posture. Under the seat, the Activa i has 18 litres of storage space. The new offering also comes with a tyre hugger for the rear wheel. The overall look and feel is good but it could have done wonders with better quality plastics.