Ten years ago, we witnessed gearless bikes introduced by Honda in 2001. The major names that created waves were the Honda Dio and Honda Activa. Previously, we saw Bajaj who were very successful in the scooter business, but since they have stopped manufacturing scooters and focussed on bikes, the likes of Honda and now Mahindra seem to be very active in this segment too.
HMSI, Honda Motorcycle Scooters in India had their hiccups due to agitation of workers in their plant and suffered losses substantially. After all the drama, they seem to have recuperated and back in business at the moment. They upgraded the Aviator with the 109 cc engine of Activa and now the launch of Honda Dio in India makes it one of the best scooters to have been released. To keep themselves afloat in the market, Honda had to do something. They were in turn forced to relaunch, though certain upgrades and facelifts had to be given to the scooter, which were stunningly done in the form of Honda Dio.
By the launch of its scooter, Honda sets to primarily target the youth with a host of new features and upgrades to definitely catch the onlookers’ eyes. The engine has been retained probably due to cost-cutting strategies employed by Honda.
Styling and Design
New features added are brighter colours. It also sports new pointed rear view mirrors, and we could expect it to function better than the previous scooters. Transparent indicators are fitted instead of the old conventional ones. Vibration issue seems to have been solved by fitting weight end handlebars; however, vibrations in the previous scooters were minimal. The instrumentation panel consists of a vibrant odometer, speedometer and a fuel guage apart from a host of other lights. Maintenance costs are further reduced by the addition of vicious air filters that catch dust particles for overall better efficiency. The scooter comes with a 12V 4Ah maintenance free battery. Cosmetic patch ups are further visualized with the addition of new stickers, which is appealing. Seating has been made a bit narrow, but the scooters have dual tone seats. It seems to be the turn of the scooters to experiment with black painting wherein previously we had seen bikes coming up with this idea. The front and the rear rims are black along with a black engine and also have a black silencer. So, superstitiously black isn’t a bad colour anymore, it does convey a style statement!
Honda Dio in India is powered by the same 102 cc air cooled, 4 stroke, single cylinder, OHC engine. The scooter has a displacement of 102 cc. It produces a maximum power of 7 bhp at 7000 rpm and peaks at a maximum torque of 7.8 Nm at 5500 rpm. The Honda Dio in India comes in both kick start and self start options. Overall, considering the gearless nature of these scooters, it provides a hassle-free ride.
The fuel tank capacity of the Honda Dio is six litres. Reserve is one litre. One might debate about the fuel tank capacity as travelling these days is quite hectic, and considering the Honda Dio to be city ridden, it offers reasonable fuel tank capacity before the next refuel.
Honda Dio in India gives a mileage of 50 km per litre, which seems to be economical.
The absence of clutch makes the Honda Dio gearless, but it is assisted by V-Matic gears which help in good acceleration. It takes less than 11 seconds for the Honda Dio to reach 60 km per hour mark. Honda Dio has very good pick up, and it is further assisted by its light weight.
The Honda Dio in India is available in six colours namely silver, gold, black, red and blue.
The length of the Honda Dio is 1760 mm, height 1110 mm and width is 710 mm. Ground clearance is less at 145 mm.
The Honda Dio price in India is around Rs. 44,000.
The Honda Dio in India has the same 102 cc engine, and we can functionally expect it to be better. Cornering and handling are exceptionally taken care of by the addition of MRF Nylogrip Zappers, which have better road grip. The shock absorbers are hydraulic front shock absorbers, which remains the same as was seen in the previous models. Again, the problem of punctures is further offloaded with the addition of tuff up tubes, and the fear of venturing on a bumpy off road ride is limited if we do get bored of normal city riding. A downside would be the design of pillion footpegs. Overall, it seems to catch our eyes and certainly offers a better ride than the previous scooters.
- Engine type: 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled OHC.
- Displacement: 102 cc.
- Maximum power: 7 bhp at 7000 rpm.
- Maximum torque: 0.8 kgm at 5500 rpm.
- Transmission: V-Matic.
- Ignition: Self and kick starts.
- Battery: 12v 4Ah MF.
- Headlamp: 35/35W.
- Front tyre: 90/100×10.
- Rear tyre: 90/100×10.
- Brakes (front and rear): 130 mm drum.
- Ground clearance: 145 mm.
- Wheelbase: 138 mm.
- Length: 1760 mm.
- Height: 1110 mm.
- Width: 710 mm.