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TVS Jupiter MillionR vs Honda Aviator: Comparison Review

TVS Jupiter MillionR vs Honda Aviator: Comparison Review

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. 

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5 labours of Honda Navi: Review

5 labours of Honda Navi: Review

We all know of Hercules. The son of Zeus (and some mere mortal); one with unfathomable strength; and one who after completing 12 labours became the greatest hero Greece had ever seen. The labours were also seen as a virtuous struggle that led Hercules to fame and immortality. Greeks called it pathos, though it has a less celebratory meaning in Oxford.

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Honda Navi vs Rajdoot

Honda Navi vs Rajdoot 'Bobby' GTS: Comparison Review

It most definitely isn’t what it reads like. How could it be; one is a relic from the 60s, and the other, a new movement of sorts. This isn’t a Rajdoot ‘Bobby’ GTS vs Honda Navi comparison in the most serious sense. It is, instead, our way of tracing the journey of so-called ‘Monkey Bikes’ in India.

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Honda CB Shine vs Honda Activa 125: Comparison Review

Honda CB Shine vs Honda Activa 125: Comparison Review

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. 

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TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Carb vs Bajaj Pulsar AS200 vs Honda Hornet 160R: Comparison Test

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Carb vs Bajaj Pulsar AS200 vs Honda Hornet 160R: Comparison Test

What we have here are two obvious players in the affordable and performance centric commuter class, and one outsider of sorts. The TVS Apache 200 4V – one of the obvious players, given it has nearly 20bhp – is the newest entrant. And though it is available both with fuel injection and carburetion, we have the latter for it is lesser priced.

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Suzuki Access 125 vs Honda Activa 125: Comparison Test

Suzuki Access 125 vs Honda Activa 125: Comparison Test

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.

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TVS Victor vs Honda Livo: Comparison test

TVS Victor vs Honda Livo: Comparison test

Even after years of dominance and constant prayers from enthusiasts (to kill the entry-level class so that bike makers could concentrate their energies and monies towards developing more fun to ride and quicker motorcycles) the entry-level class is still king.

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Bajaj V15 vs Honda CB Shine SP : Comparison Test

Bajaj V15 vs Honda CB Shine SP : Comparison Test

The CB Shine is like the Activa of 125cc motorcycles for Honda. It is the highest selling vehicle in its segment. It offers the right amount of everything – power, fuel efficiency, comfort and safety. And not just that. Along with the bike, you take home peace of mind, thanks to Honda reliability. But with the introduction of the CB Shine SP, Honda has taken the game to a whole new level. With a five-speed gearbox and better decals, the CB Shine SP looks like an unbeatable proposition like we mentioned in our first ride report. But Bajaj has an interesting way to counter the CB Shine SP in the form of the new V15 – it’s bold, stylish, muscular – things which we miss on the CB Shine SP. So we decided to spend some time with both these mass market bikes and evaluate each.

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Honda NAVI First Ride Review

Honda NAVI First Ride Review

If I had a penny for each time guys over at Honda uttered worlds like ‘unique’ and ‘fun’ to describe the NAVI all through this press ride, I’d possibly have enough money to buy myself one. Okay, I may have exaggerated a bit there. Admittedly, the NAVI (New Additional Value for India) is unique and something which you cannot really typecast. Sure, on paper it’s a much simpler deal (Read: 110cc two-wheeler with a CVT) but then you look at it, and all your presumptions as a viewer are challenged.

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Hero Maestro Edge vs Honda Activa 3G vs TVS Jupiter: Comparison Test

Hero Maestro Edge vs Honda Activa 3G vs TVS Jupiter: Comparison Test

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.

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