Why I would buy the Honda Cliq
It is light, peppy and easy to ride.
Why I would avoid the Honda Cliq
It lacks the finesse of a modern scooter.
I am used to being interrogated by fellow motorists whenever I ride a big bike, but the attention that the Honda Cliq commanded took me a while to digest. It was just like riding the Navi for the first time all over again. Everyone wants to know what is it called, how much it costs and most importantly, ‘kitna deti hai?’ Honda proves once again that a two-wheeler need not have a large capacity engine and a high price tag to turn heads.
Most of the questions were from motorists who wanted a scooter for their wife or sister, as a learner vehicle. I can see why. It might be based on the Activa 4G’s platform, but the Cliq looks nothing like the conservative family scooter. A look at the spec sheet shows that it is just six kilograms lighter than the Activa 4G, but the tiny proportions and the lower seat height give it the air of a fairly accessible scooter, one which is perfect for beginners.
The Cliq is the perfect exemplification of the term ‘minimalistic’. The weight loss is achieved through extensive use of plastic for the bodywork. The front apron integrates the headlamp and turn indicators, and the handlebar is a straight bar, like the one you would see on a stunt-prepped Dio. Anything that doesn’t contribute towards the basic goal of getting you from point A to point B was deemed unnecessary.