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Image gallery: Honda Navi first ride review

12 Apr 2016 / 0

 

 

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The Honda Navi looks tiny and feels just as compact to sit on. But actual dimensions reveal that it sits on a longer wheelbase and is actually longer than its engine and frame donor, the Honda Activa

 

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Note the upside down forks on the front of the Honda Navi. It is one of the few differences from the Honda Activa frame that underpins Honda latest creation

 

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There is parts bin equipment on the Honda Navi, most obviously the Stunner tail lamp. But we don’t mind – the cheekiness of the design and the price point are possible because of this kind of cost-engineering

 

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The Honda Navi is really a small-looking package. In traffic, people are drawn to it and they get really confused by the motorcycle-style tank and the scooter-size wheels. They’re always smiling though…

 

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Our Honda Navi wore MRF tyres, but the test fleet Honda handed out at the media ride also had Ceat and TVS tyres in the mix

 

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The wee Honda Navi headlamp is dwarfed by huge indicators giving it a lopsided appeal. And yes, the numberplate fonts could’ve been better – we spotted that too!

 

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The Honda Navi meters aren’t. They’re just one meter. With a speedo and an odo in it. A high-beam and an winker indication is all you get. A low fuel light would have been useful, to be perfectly honest

 

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A fairly flimsy faux carbon finish plastic panel hides the scooter style gas tank cap. It’s one of those details that tells you about the low price of the Honda Navi

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The seat isn’t as short or cramped as you imagine. Suresh and I rode around Imagica for most of the morning on the Honda Navi without undue intimacy

 

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The little knob has a valuable function on the Honda Navi – it (and only it) tells you when it is time to get more gas. The tank panels sit on a member between the headstock and back of the underbone frame. This member isn’t part of the structure, just a place to mount the tank and plastics

 

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Tubeless 90/90-12 tyres man the front. Note gaitered USD forks as well as the 130mm drum. It’s a fairly adept front-end. Lighter weight than Activa on the front also means the Navi is easier to provoke into a small wheelies

 

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The unit swingarm and monoshock from the Activa hold up the rear end on the Honda Navi. Comprehensive plastics cover the rear wheel – that’s coming off on our long term scooter post haste

 

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See the pillion footpegs of the Honda Navi? That’s where my feet natural gravitated to, offering a more sporty riding position

 

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Simple Honda Navi switchgear lacks a pass switch, but is otherwise functional

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The Honda Navi seat comes off and reveals a fairly spacious cubby for stuff. Not scooter-like but still quite useful

 

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While there’s nothing wrong with it, you do with the Honda Navi had been given a slightly fancier gas tank cap, no?

 

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See that rectangular flap ahead and above the exhaust of the Honda Navi? These flaps hang from the bodywork and hide the carburettor. I find them ugly and they’re coming off the long term Navi too

 

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The Honda Navi’s compact size and light weight makes for electric responses

 

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It was perhaps appropriate that we got a taste of the Honda Navi at an amusement part. Road test, next!

 

More from OVERDRIVE on the Honda Navi,

Honda Navi first ride review

2016 Auto Expo: Honda Navi launched in India at Rs 39,500

Honda Navi dispatches start in India

Spec comparo: Honda Navi vs Honda Dream Neo vs Honda Activa

2016 Auto Expo: Honda Navi first look



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