Latest newcomer from the big H in the Indian market, the funky Navi has been unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo. A blend between a scooter and a motorcycle, the really distinctive looking Navi is positioned by Honda as a fun mobility solution for youngsters. Old timers will immediately think ‘Bobby-bike’ when they see the Navi, and this is Honda R&D India’s very first totally in-house offering for this market.
In terms of appearance, the Navi borrows a few design cues from off-road bikes, some from mopeds and then some more, from scooters. The top of the bike is a bit dirt-bike like, while the storage bay where the engine usually sits, is reminiscent of mopeds. The engine does duty as a stressed member of the frame, its long crankcase and CVT system housing placed as swinging arm of the Navi, reaching out to the rear wheel, while the small wheels are exactly as you would expect on a scooter.
The Honda Navi will be powered by the same four-stroke, 109.2cc air-cooled engine that powers the Honda Activa, and produces 7.8bhp of maximum power at 7,000rpm.
The Navi is quite a petite vehicle, measuring just 1,805mm in length, 748mm wide and 1,039mm high. It is very light too, always a good thing on a two-wheeler, tipping the scales at just 101kg. The Navi front end gets a 12 inch dia wheel, while the rear uses a 10 inch unit, in identical format as found on Honda flagship scooter for India, the Activa 125. Braking is carried out by drum brakes front and rear. Suspension on the Navi includes telescopic forks in front, while at rear, the new Honda uses a stressed member of the frame engine format, with a single shock absorber.
A highlight of the Navi is it being highly customizable, in terms of panels and colours. Also, the distinctive Honda comes in at what is a really attractive price, of Rs 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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