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The performance of the scooter is linear and not too aggressive

Performance – The Activa 125 BS6 is powered by a 125cc HET BS6 PGM-FI engine, which produces 8.29 PS of power and a peak torque of 10.3 Nm. The scooter is equipped with an ACG starter which aids in silent starts. The engine start is so refined that you can barely hear any engine start sound. The refinement level on the scooter is something which is never seen before. Power delivery is quite linear, and the throttle response is meek. Engine performance is lively till about 60 km/hr after which the scooter finds it difficult to climb up the speeds. It returns a mileage of about 40-45 km/l under city riding conditions. Overall the performance of the scooter has declined compared to the previous generation due to the BS6 norms but it is traded with excellent engine refinement.

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Soft suspension setup on the scooter offers a comfortable ride

Riding Dynamics – The Honda Activa 125 gets a telescopic front suspension and a 3-step adjustable spring loaded hydraulic suspension at the rear. The suspension setup is soft and it offers excellent ride quality even on the worst of roads. However, the scooter gets bouncy when riding with a pillion. The scooter gets a front disk brake along with CBS offering sharp braking performance. Straightline stability is good but the narrow tyres on the scooter lack grip while tipping into corners. The handle-bar is light and flickable it helps in easy manoeuvrability in heavy traffic. This scooter excels in short comfortable city rides while making it up on occasional highway commutes.

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The Activa 125 is a perfect family scooter

Verdict – There are a lot of scooters in the 125cc scooter segment. Many other manufacturers offer scooters which have more features than the Activa 125 at a much lower cost. BS6 norms have pushed the price of the scooter even higher. However, the resale values and long term reliability that an Activa possesses is unmatchable. Also, the type of engine refinement that honda has offered in the new Activa 125 is extraordinary. If you are someone who is looking for a family scooter which is refined, spacious, comfortable, has decent ride quality and a good fuel economy then this, Honda Activa 125, the first BS6 scooter might interest you.

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It now gets a storage space mounted on the front panel

What’s Cool

* Comfortable ride quality
* Engine refinement is excellent
* High resale value and reliability

What’s Not So Cool

* The engine lacks punch at high speed
* The pricing of the scooter is very high
* Narrow tyres rob away cornering agility

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The Activa 125 comes with an external fuel filler

Honda Activa 125 BS6 Specifications

* Engine: 125cc, Air-Cooled, Single-Cylinder
* Power: 8.29 PS @ 6500 RPM
* Torque: 10.3 Nm @ 5000 RPM
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Fuel Consumption: 50 km/l
* Frame: Under Bone Chassis
* Tyres: 90/90/12 (Front), 90/100/10 (Rear)
* Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), 3-Step Adjustable Spring Loaded Hydraulic (Rear)
* Brakes: 190 mm Disc (Front), 130 mm Drum (Rear)

Honda Activa 125 BS6 Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: 1850 mm x 707 mm x 1170 mm
* Wheelbase: 1260 mm
* Seat Height: 712 mm
* Ground Clearance: 169 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.3-litres
* Kerb weight: 111 Kgs (dry)

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