While the BS6 mandate will only be implemented next year, Honda was early to the party and came with the Activa 125 BS6. Spending a couple of days with the scooter, we test it in various conditions to find out how different it is is and if the new tech makes life any easier.Read full review
Lovato and Mahangar Gas Limited (MGL) recently launched CNG conversion kits for scooters in Mumbai. These might prove to be the ideal progression for someone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint or just find an economical mode of mobility. On paper, these kits seem promising on both performance and efficiency fronts, but how does a CNG-powered scooter stack up against an electric scooter?
Scooters are the flavour of this age. After their monumental rise, fall and the recent resurgence in the Indian market, scooters have now become the cash cows for several two-wheeler manufacturers in the country. While the Activa and the Splendor continue to be embroiled in a fistfight for the top spot in the two-wheeler market, scooters are now being looked at as alternative to motorcycles rather than just a secondary vehicle.
Scooters in India cater to everyone - college kids, working professionals, housewives and even small business establishments. Why? Because they are easy to ride, affordable, there’s no need to change gear and yes, they’re easy to maintain too. But just like the mass market motorcycles, there’s a decent amount of segmentation here – 110cc and the 125cc.
Hero MotoCorp has done a great job with the Maestro Edge. We said that in our first ride report. And honestly, it is a scooter we would happily recommend to many. But, since we first rode it, there’s one question we wanted an answer to: Is the Hero Maestro Edge the best 110cc scooter in the market today? To find out, we have lined up two worthy benchmarks. In the shiny grey corner is the Honda Activa. It is India’s highest selling scooter and has been so for what seems like eternity. In the not-so-shiny – or let’s just say matte – grey corner is the TVS Jupiter. The Jupiter sells well too but we have it here because as far as 110cc scooters go, it really is the benchmark in more areas than one.
The Indian 125cc scooter segment is an important one but isn’t home to a lot of action by two-wheeler manufacturers. It’s more important to have a presence rather than increasing its products numbers, at least for now. Mahindra, recently, showcased their new 125cc scooter – the Gusto 125. Once launched, it will take on the Honda Activa 125 and the Suzuki Swish 125. We give you a detailed spec comparison on their standings, in terms of power, performance, features and their looks.
There are some among us who do not appreciate the modern scooter, and this is morally unfair. Scooters have an ease of use that can hardly be matched by other means of transport. Their small size means you can go places and sneak through traffic in a way you dare not try in a four wheeler or even a full-size motorcycle. Best of all, you can light up those puny wheels all day long using a fraction of the fuel that a four wheeler consumes.
For us Indians, what defines a scooter better than the Activa: Honda’s proven automatic model which has been eclipsing all its rivals for the best part of the past decade. Now, in a move that can only be described as a logical step up for its 110cc model, Honda has forayed into the now-burgeoning 125cc scooter segment with the new Activa 125.
After my experience with the scooter, I can certainly conclude one thing: the Activa 125 is an impressive machine. And while that may not be the greatest story lead ever written, ‘impressive’ sums up this 125cc scooter very well.