It’s uncannily small, stylish yet – at the same time – a bit awkward when you’re seen riding one. And after a considerable wait, we finally get up-close and personal with this motor-scooter-like little offering from Honda. Let’s see if it has what it takes to get a grip of what the Indian consumers desires for on a two-wheeler.
1) Because it reminds you of the Rajdoot Bobby bike
Walking up to it, and looking at its motorcross bike-cum-scooter-like appeal will initially leave you a bit perplexed to think that it’s completely out-of-the-box as far as the looks are concerned. The halo area under the single-piece fuel tank would – in many ways – make onlookers wonder where the engine went! Design elements like the silver panel forming part of the ‘V’ on the scoot’s frame give it a chic look. The design of the instrument cluster and headlamp is rather refreshing and distinctive, while lower portion of the scoot gets a black finish, including the forks, wheels and engine. Our parents will vividly remember the Bobby bike and its petite dimensions when they chance upon one of these.
At Rs 50,000, this is perhaps your only ticket to fun, college and a girl friend. And of course the occasional selfie.
2)Because it’s easy for grannies to ride too
Swinging a leg over will reveal that you sit pretty upright – in the same way you do on an Activa. The positioning of the tank in between the legs makes it a comfortable little runabout to sit on – and the long seat adds to the practicality of there being a happy pillion seated behind. And if motorcycle handlebars are your thing, then look no further than the Navi; it’s every bit a miniature motorcycle. Although, just like a few other scooters in the market, the rear foot-rests have been placed a little too close to rider’s limbs – and that’s quite a party pooper. There’s also a tiny storage compartment under the seats for certain bits and bobs. Like your granny’s purse, for instance.
3)Because your friends will want a test ride
There is a bit of firmness to the ride quality, but this aids in the handling department – and not surprisingly – the Navi feels a lot more confidence-inspiring while turning into a corner than an Activa, thanks in part to those front forks. It also feels agile, and it’s small turning radius helps it in making swift turns. The 110cc, single-cylinder motor makes 8bhp and 9Nm of torque, making the Navi rather sprightly, with good power delivery. Staying true to Honda’s refined engines, the Navi feels perfectly at home at around 60kph, but anything more than that can reveal some coarseness. One thing is for sure: your friends are not only going to want to ride it, but also take it home with them.
One thing is for sure: your friends are not only going to want to ride it, but also take it home with them.
4)Because it can be bought by those who still rely on pocket money and piggy banks
At Rs 50,000, this is perhaps your only ticket to fun, college and a girl friend. And of course the occasional selfie. Having used parts from various other Hondas, the Navi is a mixed bag, but a bag full of laughs, mind. And let’s not forget how frugal this baby is, managing 50kpl in urban conditions. All that’s left for you to consider is whether you’d like to take this to visit your girl’s parents, or you’re better off using your Dad’s car.