THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When it comes to the scooter segment, Honda has enjoyed a kind of monopoly and success that no other company has had in that sector. The face of the scooter segment in India changed with the introduction of Honda Activa in 1999.
Last year, again Honda unveiled the Activa i, with a 109.2 cc engine. Honda is back in action this time with the new Activa 125.
Honda has introduced a few key changes to the new Activa starting with the 125cc engine, with which Honda has forayed into the power scooter segment in the country. The basic design remains the same with a slight modern touch to it. Some of the noticeable differences are the bold chrome crest of the front apron, integrated single tail lamp with turn indicators and modified grab rail. The design of the tail lamp is what gives it a futuristic design.
Though not visually evident, the Activa 125 is longer than its sister version by 53mm and has a reduced width of 6mm. It has adequate storage space.
One of the features that stands out is the new instrument cluster. The scooter comes equipped with an analogue-digital combo clock along with a digital display for odometer, trip meter and fuel level. The switch gears give us the premium Activa 110 feel and are easier to operate.
The Honda Activa 125 is powered with a 124.9cc, four-stroke, single cylinder engine which gives 8.6bhp at 6500rpm and 10.12Nm of torque at 5500rpm. Which is 0.6bhp and 1.30 Nm more than Activa 110 cc. The engine accelerates with ease and gives a brisk acceleration with the slight touch of the throttle.
The engine is smoother and faster than the 110cc version. The Activa 125 uses telescopic front suspension and hydraulic spring rear suspension quite similar to Aviator.
The front wheels of the Activa 125 are fitted with 190mm disc brake and in conjunction with the Combined Braking System (CBS). Equipped with the Honda Eco Technology (HET), the company claims a fuel efficiency of 59 kmpl.
The scooter weighs an easy 110 kg even with the new engine. This new Activa comes in Standard and Deluxe variants.