Honda Activa 125 BS6 Review
Bike Tested: Honda Activa 125 BS6; Road Test No. 1166; Test Location: Mumbai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 93,000/-
Honda has laid down yet another benchmark in terms of engine refinement
The word ‘Activa’ is synonymous with scooters in India. The original Activa was one of the pioneers in the gearless scooter segment. Activa’s huge success compelled Honda to launch the 125cc iteration in 2014. Since its launch, it got some cosmetic as well as a few mechanical updates. Now since the BS6 norms are kicking in, the Activa 125 is again geared up to take on the battle.
Motor Quest: The Honda Activa has such a huge market share in India that its name is now synonymous with the word ‘scooter’. Honda launched the Activa 125 to capture the 125cc scooters segment just like its younger sibling, which is ruling the 110cc segment
Styling – Overall design of the scooter is similar to the previous model. It now gets all-LED headlamp and DRLs. The indicators are mounted below the handlebar onto the front body panel which surrounds the signature Activa 125 chrome chest. Alloy wheels on the scooter are now all black, which gives the scooter a sporty appeal. The scooter is now equipped with a glove box and also for the first time, an externally mounted fuel filler. The tail lamp remains the same, however, it now gets a chrome Activa 125 badging on it. The overall dimensions are similar but the rear is now bulky and the scooter looks longer than before.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The analogue-digital cluster is now updated on the BS6 Activa 125. The speedometer is analogue and all the other information is displayed through its digital cluster. The digital cluster on the DLX variant also includes distance to empty and mileage figures which are a new addition. Switchgear quality on the scooter is quite impressive and feels good to use. The new automatic start-stop feature automatically kills the engine when the scooter remains stationary for more than 3 seconds and with just a twist of the throttle starts the engine once again. There is a dedicated switch to control the auto start-stop feature.
Ergonomics – The seating on the Activa 125 is very upright and comfortable. The rider sits in a very rested manner. Footboard on the scooter is spacious enough to accommodate tall riders too. Also, the seat is quite spacious and can comfortably accommodate two adults. The length of the seat is reduced slightly because of the external fuel filler cap. It now gets sturdy aluminium footpegs for the rear passenger. LED headlamps offer good visibility at night. While the side-stand has an additional safety feature, it works as an engine kill switch when engaged.