OD Garage: The Honda Activa i leaves us after 2698km and 7 months

Rishaad Mody  /
26 Mar 2014 15:41:27 IST

The Activa i ends a long series of scooters for me - I've finally moved up to a more powerful machine of my own. Prior to the excitement of my new ride I was a big fan of the practicality and ease of commuting on a scooter. I am strongly averse to traffic which is why I've consistently grabbed the keys to the past five scooters in our longterm garage.

Honda-Activa-iThe Activa i offers all the qualities most prospective buyers look for in a scooter

The Activa i offers all the qualities I (and most prospective buyers) look for in a scooter. It's light and flickable which helps immensely in traffic snarls. The 110cc makes 8PS which is just about average in the scooter world, however the i is peppy off the line and helps make for decently quick traffic light getaways. It helps that I never saw the mileage figure drop below 40kmpl despite speeds always being above 40kmph. I'm also sold on the convenience and safety of the combi braking system.

Dislikes include a poorly designed headlamp switch that takes some effort to turn on and a choke pull that refused to stay in the on position. The big issue was the ride quality on the Activa i - it's too stiff. This scooter lacks the compliance of its elder sibling, the metal bodied Activa and crashes through potholes in a rather uncomfortable manner. This holds the Activa i back from being an excellent scooter. However, its many positives ensure that it remains a rather good one.

Read previous report of the Activa i here

Honda Activa i 2013
Price (Delhi)
  • Rs. 45,881 Ex-Showroom
  • Rs. 50,143 On Road
Engine
  • 109cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 60.00 Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Automatic

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