We all know of Hercules. The son of Zeus (and some mere mortal); one with unfathomable strength; and one who after completing 12 labours became the greatest hero Greece had ever seen. The labours were also seen as a virtuous struggle that led Hercules to fame and immortality. Greeks called it pathos, though it has a less celebratory meaning in Oxford.
Now, to the Honda Navi, and for all means and purposes, it is quite the opposite of Hercules. It isn’t big or strong; it doesn’t have a god for a father; and it certainly didn’t kill its wife and kids. But, like Hercules, a quest, the Navi must undertake.
The Honda Navi is a new concept. It is here to marry motorcycle basics with scooter convenience. It is here to give the young a set of wheels they can both afford and enjoy. It is here to be their one-stop shop for all motorcycling quests. The latter was beautifully conveyed by Navi iterations showcased at the expo. You had the stock bikes, of course, but surrounding them were an adventure, a touring and a sport, café racer version as well. Clearly, Honda thinks it is on to something here.
But, is it? To find out we decided to take a stock Honda Navi and put it through five labours; labours that will reveal – be it touring, stunting, off-roading or just overloading – whether the Navi can do it all.
Let the labours begin…