Honda is gunning for the Splendor and Passion combo with the Dream Yuga. But, is the new contender up to the task? AUTO BILD INDIA rides it to find out.
It’s a tough ask, but Honda believes it must be done. Not that other bike makers haven’t tried; in fact, they have tried nearly everything from offering more powerful and better equipped options at lower prices to alternatives that sport radical technologies. But, Hero’s Splendor and Passion combo continue to reign supreme, and are the default choice of entry-level bike buyers, even years after their debut.
So what has Honda done to take on the might of the Hero duo? It has gone ahead and roped in Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and then followed it up with a generic, almost boring looking 110cc bike. The bike might have an attention grabbing name – Dream Yuga – but it looks quite ordinary and one can easily confuse it with Honda’s own Shine.
So, not the best step forward then? Actually, it is. You see, because it is so generic, the Dream won’t polarise opinion. And, when you are looking at big sales numbers to come from all across the country, you’d rather have a simple and palatable dish. Nonetheless, it’s a very well put together bike. The quality of the plastics and the paint is class leading. The finish too —be it for the engine or the chain-guard or even the levers — is right up there with the best in the segment.