Scooters have grown from becoming simple point A to point B modes of transport to instruments of convenience. With a rapid evolution in the definition of ‘convenience’, today’s educated customer expects his scooter to do a lot more than just be easy to use. Every manufacturer is trying to lure customers with more and more creature comforts, and the sales figures indicate that this formula is working quite well.
Honda on the other hand has a different perspective. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ seems to be their motto, and the company doesn’t mind selling ageing scooters for years at end without any significant technological updates. Well, the company has already sold over three lakh scooters in this year which shows that they don’t really need to stay updated after all. They have a cult following which doesn’t care about creature comforts as much as reliability. This is a luxury only Honda can afford.
So what happens when you set an old-school slugger against a modern day swarmer? In the purple corner, we have the TVS Jupiter MillionR, a special edition rolled out to commemorate the sale of 10 lakh Jupiter scooters on the road. In the white corner is the Honda Aviator, ageing but an appropriate exemplification of ‘tried and tested’. Both are 110cc scooters, both get a front disc brake and are priced very close to each other. It’s time for a showdown!