Honda Navi is introduced in the market as a motorcycle from a different section which is neither a scooter nor a motorcycle. The design cues are also very unconventional which makes it unique. But what about uniqueness in other sections like performance, handling, ergonomics etc ?. Time to find out.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
7.9PS @ 7,000rpm
8.94N.m @ 5,500rpm
DRUM 130mm(F) BRAKE
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Start Type||Electric / Kick Start|
|Rear Suspension||Spring loaded|
|Length x Width x Height||1805mm x 748mm x 1039mm|
|Kerb Weight||104Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)|
|Electrical System||12 volt - DC|
|Battery||12V 3Ah (MF)|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke|
|Power||7.9PS @ 7,000rpm|
|Torque||8.94Nm @ 5,500rpm|
|Air Filter Type||Viscous Paper Filter|
|Bore x Stroke||50mm x 55.6mm|
|Tyres (F)||90/90-12 54J (Tubeless)|
|Tyres (R)||90/100-10 53J (Tubeless)|
|Brakes (F)||Drum 130mm|
|Brakes (R)||Drum 130mm|
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HONDA NAVI TEST RIDE & REVIEW
STRICTLY UNCONVENTIONAL DESIGN
The is a scooter which has unconventional motorcycle design from all angles. Telescopic forks, chromed upright handlebars, a nice sculpted tank, a long and narrow saddle and side panels all contribute to its motorcycle-like character. The front section of the Navi has a large hexagonal headlamp, attractive crash guard and body-coloured mirrors.
The dual tone colour scheme of the scooter along with side profile edges and bends gives it a distinctive appeal. Engine section is really like that of a closed briefcase with Navi emblem engraved on it. The rear end has design cues taken from that of discontinued CB Stunner, especially for the small tail lamp. Build quality of fibre, switchgear and paint are decent and above the mark. There are 6 colours options available in this model to opt from.
FAN COOLED POWER MILL
Honda Navi 110 shares the same 109cc, fan cooled, four stroke mill found on Honda Activa and Dio which produces peak power of 8.1PS @ 7,000rpm and a peak torque of 8.94Nm @ 5,500rpm. Honda Eco Technology (HET) is now present in all Honda motorcycles and scooters as this technology reduces fuel consumption, lowers friction and the weight of engine components. Power delivery at low revs is linear in nature and responds quick enough according to the throttle inputs.
The engine is coupled to V Matic (Variomatic) or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which does gear changing matters. Now in refinement section engine is almost refined and silent. It returns about 55-60km/l in city conditions and around extra 5kms in highways. In order to wakeup the engine self and kick start options are available. Power to weight ratio is precisely 81.81PS/ton which for scooters is considered to be fair.
STIFF SUSPENSION SYSTEM
The front suspension features telescopic forks while the rear section features spring loaded hydraulic type with underbone chassis. Telescopic forks is a boon for suspension setup as it brings in extra comfort and control to the handling. As a result, Honda Navi is settled in even worst road conditions and overall suspension setup is stiff in nature. So road shocks are directly transmitted straight up to your back.
Ergonomics for the rider is having upright nature while for the pillion there is enough space behind. Feedback from a set of 130mm drum brakes is not convincing but also the absence of CBS (Combined Braking System) is also a setback. Tubeless tyres do handle all sorts of roads and relieve you from puncture issues as a scooter can be ridden even after puncture for some time.
Tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks, HET engine and stylish speedometer are the only limited features available with this Honda Navi.
HONDA NAVI VERDICT
Being the entry model from Honda and also an experimental one in terms of unconventional design this one disappoints. The reason is due to a very limited set of features. It has positives like telescopic forks, HET engine, tubeless tyres etc but Honda Navi as a whole does not satisfy the hard-working commuter.
- Telescopic forks
- Refined & performing HET engine
- Unique design
- Tubeless tyres
- Poor braking
- Limited features