Hop on the Activa 6G and the first thing you’ll notice, if you’ve ridden the 5G, that the increased ground clearance has resulted in a slightly higher set footboard. This translates into your knees obstructing the handlebar movement while taking U-turns. Barring that, the overall ergonomics continue to be neutral and comfortable.
Push the starter button and the new Activa comes to life with no drama (cranking noises) at all, thanks to the new ACG silent starter. Refinement has always been the name of the game with the Activa’s engine and it continues to be its strong point. The engine remains buttery smooth until 60kmph, post which minor vibes creep in on the footboard, but they are negligible. Off the line, the Activa feels as peppy as its predecessor but roll-on acceleration is where the performance is slightly mellow. However, it is still quick enough for easy overtakes in traffic.
Coming to the handling, the new Activa feels considerably more agile while flicking through traffic and switching lanes. It responds much quicker to steering inputs which is a substantial improvement over the vague-feeling front end of the previous models. Going fast through corners also inspires confidence now.
Courtesy of the telescopic forks and larger front wheel, the ride quality is substantially plusher. It gracefully gobbles up minor undulations such as small potholes and road joints. But then, go fast over a tall bump or deep pothole and you’re greeted with a hard jolt at the back. Mind you, the rear suspension is the same stiff setup. The brakes of the new Activa continue to be adept as the combi-braking system prevents locking up of wheels for the most part. Albeit, the front could do with more bite and feel.