Honda Livo BS6: All The Interesting Details Uncovered

Planning to buy the recently launched Honda Livo BS6? Here’s everything you need to know before you write that cheque

Shortly after launching the Grazia 125 BS6, Honda made its BS6 lineup even more wholesome with the launch of the Livo BS6, a 110cc premium commuter motorcycle, in the country. It has got quite a few features to make it an even better commuter bike. Before you put down your hard-earned money on this motorcycle, here’s everything you need to know about it:

Pricing & availability:

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The Honda Livo BS6 is available in two variants: a front drum and a disc. The former will set you back by Rs 70,056, which is Rs 10,817 dearer than the base variant of the BS4-compliant Honda Livo. We’ve reached out to Honda regarding the price of the disc brake variant and will update it as soon as we get a response from them. That said, expect it to be dearer by around Rs 2,000 over the drum brake equipped variant. Dispatches to dealerships will commence from this week and the bike is available with a three year standard warranty and an option to extend it further by three more years.

Positioning & rivals:

At this pricing, the Honda Livo lies right between the base drum variant and the top-end disc brake-equipped model of the Honda Shine BS6. It looks like Honda has offered its customers the option to choose between a stylish, feature-packed but smaller-engined 110cc commuter and a no-nonsense, reasonably powerful 125cc commuter motorcycle for around the same price.

The Honda Livo also serves as a more affordable alternative to the sporty-looking Honda SP 125. As far as the rivals are concerned, the Honda Livo goes up against the Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear, Hero Passion Pro and the TVS Star City Plus.

Looks slightly sharper and more feature-packed than before:

The Honda Livo’s flyscreen on the bikini fairing has been tweaked subtly and the bike’s side panels have also been slightly redesigned to accommodate the eSP (enhanced Smart Power) logo. Honda has also changed the design of the exhaust heat shield.

The twin-pod hexagonal instrument cluster has been redesigned to look like a single, coherent-looking unit but still retains the same semi-digital setup as before. The console shows all the necessary details but we wish it featured real time, average mileage and distance-to-empty readouts like the Activa 125 and the Grazia 125. For the first time in a Livo, the BS6-compliant iteration gets an engine kill switch. The bike also features a headlamp switch with an integrated pass beam function on the left switch gear. For added comfort, the Livo BS6 gets a 17mm longer seat too. That said, the biggest addition is the ACG starter, which ensures quick and silent engine starts.

Shares its powertrain with the humble CD 110 Dream:

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Honda has equipped the Livo with the same engine from the CD 110 Dream. It even retains the same tune as the entry-level commuter: 8.79PS at 7500rpm and 9.30Nm at 5500rpm. We had hoped Honda would tweak the engine in this commuter motorcycle as the Japanese brand did the same with the other BS6-compliant offerings, but no. The engine works in conjunction with a 4-speed transmission. Like the CD 110 Dream, this motor also gets several friction reduction technologies like an offset cylinder, roller rocker arm with needle bearing and piston cooling jet. These measures help in improving the efficiency of the engine, thus resulting in superior mileage.

Same old underpinnings:

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Honda hasn’t tinkered with the underpinnings as they were fairly up to the mark already. The front end gets a telescopic fork while the rear features a pair of 5-step preload-adjustable shock absorbers. It uses a 240mm front disc or a 130mm drum up front, depending on the variant. Whereas, the rear gets a 130mm drum in both the variants. For better fuel efficiency at the cost of outright grip, the rear rolls on low rolling resistance tubeless tyre whereas the front end uses a conventional tubeless rubber.

The added emission restricting equipment has resulted in only a 1kg increase, at 115kg kerb. Unfortunately, the ground clearance has gone down from 180mm to 163mm, presumably due to the new exhaust design.

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