The Honda Livo gets a pleasant exhaust note and a muted idle, which is almost undetectable thanks to the engine’s refinement. Powering the Honda Livo is the same 109cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. The output of this engine has been brought down to 8bhp and 8Nm of torque; a step taken to bump up the bike’s fuel efficiency. Aided by the tried and tested Honda Eco Technology (HET), Honda claims that the Livo will return 74kmpl over a combined cycle, which should make it one of the most economical bikes in its segment.
The Honda Livo feels lively in the traffic thanks to the good low-end torque and the smartly spaced out gear ratios. The slick heel and toe gear shifter gets an all-down pattern, which assisted by the light clutch, feels very easy to use. The Livo pulls off the mark quite energetically, and the good mid-range helps keep the momentum going. However, noise and vibrations start to creep in once you cross 65kmph, significantly hampering the bike’s usability on highways and long rides. We can expect these characteristics to mellow down, once the bike gets through its run-in period.
The suspension setup of the Honda Livo is on the softer side, which makes it perfect for the urban environment. It left us impressed with its competence at tackling the pothole-ridden roads of Mumbai. Braking is also one of the strong points of the Livo. The optional 240mm disc brake at the front offers a good initial bite while the rear 130mm drum feels perfect for bumper to bumper traffic.