The Activa was launched at a time when geared scooters and 100cc commuter motorcycles ruled the Indian two wheeler market, in 2000. 18 years on, it regularly tops the sales charts as the highest-selling individual vehicle in the country.
The Activa has seen one major update in the 18 years that it has been on sale, in 2009. The engine displacement went from 100cc to 109cc, and power, torque and fuel efficiency all went up. The Activa has gone from a single model to a range: the Activa 3G / Activa 4G/ Activa 5G is the variant that is the most popular, with unisex appeal and a metal body. There is also an Activa-i that is designed to appeal more to the fairer sex.
For those looking for a little more from their Activa, there exists the Activa 125, with a 125cc engine, as the name suggests. It also offers telescopic front forks and a front disc brake – both features that are not part of the 110cc Activa’s palette.
The Activa has earned its reputation on the back of its indestructible build and low-cost and trouble-free maintenance. In addition, its mechanicals in different forms also contribute to other non-geared offerings in the Honda range.