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Honda Grazia

What a mod­ern scooter should feel like

- PIC­TURES Nis­hant Jhamb Motorcycles · Belgium · Iceland · Austria

With a mar­ket share just shy of 60 per cent, Honda’s scoot­ers are a force to be reck­oned with. They now have a new scooter called the Grazia and this one is aimed straight for the ur­ban youth

With ur­ban­i­sa­tion in­creas­ing faster than ever, in ad­di­tion to the high­est pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try be­ing those of mil­lenials, two-wheeler man­u­fac­tur­ers have to con­stantly be on their feet. Not cater­ing to that spe­cific de­mo­graphic of cus­tomers can have se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions and no one knows this more than Honda Two-Wheelers. The com­pany has not only ticked the right boxes with the pop­u­lar Ac­tiva 125 and fun Dio scoot­ers, they’re known to cater to niche cus­tomers too with the quirky Navi and ru­ral mar­ket-cater­ing Cliq. They have now a new scooter called the Grazia and this one is aimed straight for the ur­ban youth. I just hap­pen to be one and I spend a day to check out what it’s all about.

First im­pres­sions will def­i­nitely be last­ing. The Grazia has mod­ern and edgy de­sign cues, with creases in all the right places. It even gets a nice Honda de­cal on the side and 3D Grazia lo­gos for that ex­tra dash of style. The front head­lamp clus­ter, cowl and mud guard are def­i­nitely pro-

nounced and the three-tone colour shade of the front fas­cia help it stand out. How­ever, the rear sec­tion isn’t as rad­i­cal of a de­sign as the front but it can’t be called plain in any way ei­ther. Tthe scooter’s di­men­sions look pro­por­tional in pic­ture but, the bulging front and rear over­hangs ap­pear odd in per­son. The next big talk­ing point is the list of fea­tures of of­fer. It gets a 4-in-1 key slot with a switch for open­ing the seat now lo­cated con­ve­niently right be­side it. Turn it on and you’re greeted to an all-dig­i­tal in­stru­ment con­sole with a tachome­ter, trip me­ter, odo and fuel gauge. I found it easy to read in day­light and at night. You also have an eco gauge with a 3-step light to show you how fuel-ef­fi­cient you’re be­ing. The scooter is at its most ef­fi­cient in the 35kmph-45kmph range and that’s when you see all three lights go on. Other no­table fea­tures in­clude an LED head­lamp with an Au­to­matic Head­lamp On (AHO) fea­ture and a separate smart phone stor­age space with an op­tional mo­bile charg­ing socket.

The Grazia not only shares switchgear and other aes­thetic fea­tures with the Ac­tiva, it gets the same frame and tele­scopic front sus­pen­sion sus­pen­sion too. In the han­dling and com­fort

de­part­ment, en­gi­neers seem to have tuned the sus­pen­sion to slot in be­tween the Ac­tiva and the Dio. The ride is def­i­nitely com­fort­able on straight roads but does feel a tad taut at times. It does start to feel skit­tish when pushed be­yond its limit. Stick­ing to the lim­i­ta­tions of the ur­ban jun­gle, it does the job just right. The mo­tor is the same 125cc en­gine as the Ac­tiva, with a power out­put of 8.5bhp and 10.5Nm of torque. It has the fa­mil­iar re­fined na­ture at­tached and is quick to climb speeds when you pin the throt­tle. It reaches speeds of up to 110kmph on the speeedo and only then does it run out of steam, with­out feel­ing strained.

Over­all, the new Honda Grazia is a good place to pick up where the Ac­tiva and Dio left off. With an 18 litre un­der-seat stor­age ca­pac­ity and 5.3 litre fuel tank ca­pac­ity, it can be a com­fort­able com­muter and can make for a fun ride back home too. It might not be a com­plete rev­o­lu­tion of a scooter but can def­i­nitely be called a mod­ern-day scooter.

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