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If there is one scooter which has revolutionized the Indian Automatic scooter segment and is leading the sales chart for the longest time, it has to be the Honda Activa. There are some names which are quite obvious and generic when we talk about the product they are representing, be it Maggi in noodles or the Honda Activa in the scooter segment. The Activa has now become a household name thanks to its reliability, ease of maintenance, refinement, smoothness and many other characteristics. Launched way back in 2003, it has undergone many updates and generation changes change since then. The highest selling scooter in its segment by a huge margin, even today it sells close to 2,50,000 units every month! Which is, definitely a huge number. You can also find a lot of them in the second hand two wheeler market as the requirement of second hand scooters are also increasing quite rapidly and you can get a second hand Activa for as low as 20,000 depending on its condition , variant and generation. Currently in its 6th Generation and BS6 compliant, we would be doing a complete review of the Activa 6G today and tell you about each of its characteristics, and would be finding out what makes it people’s favorite and what are its pros and cons.
If we talk about the exteriors of the Honda Activa 6G, it is more or less the same if we compare it to the last generation, i.e. the Activa 5G, but the wheelbase of Activa 6G has been increased by 22mm resulting in extra seat space, and increased leg space in the floor board, making it more comfortable for taller riders. Another notable difference is the addition of a completely LED headlamps & the increased tyre size which is 12 inches in the front and 10 inches in the rear. The body is all metal now and there is no plastic feeling now in the panels as compared to the previous gen and feels more solid, the 6G is even narrower by 13mm. One of the most important updates are the telescopic suspension in the front which help a lot in the ride quality. Although the absence of alloy wheels can be felt as almost all other rivals are offering it.
There are some sharp creases all over its body to differentiate it as well from the previous generations. The side view will look identical to the previous gen but the ground clearance has been increased by 18mm making it suitable for most kind of roads. Coming to the rear, the tail lights are slightly larger now and will remind you of the Activa 125. Also, there is addition of an external fuel lid which can be opened from the key knob, unlike it being under the seat in the last gens which is a very convenient feature. Honda offers the Activa 6G in two variants which are STD & DELUXE and six color options which are
- Glitter Blue Metallic (New)
- Pearl Spartan Red
- Dazzle Yellow Metallic
- Matte Axis Grey Metallic
- Pearl Precious White
Instrument Cluster & Features
The instrument cluster is now an analog unit which is quite a shock because Honda used to offer a semi digital console on the Activa 5G. There is a speedometer, odometer and a Fuel level meter which is clear to read. The Activa 6G comes with engine kill switch which is very much needed in stop go traffic and is definitely a great feature, and this switch is also an integrated unit to the starter motor, adding to which , it has also now got a silent start feature. Another update which has come along with the BS6 norms being implemented is the introduction of Fuel Injection Technology (FI) instead of a carburetor, which results in higher fuel efficiency. In this generation of the Activa, Honda has also introduced the concept ESP i.e. Enhanced Smart Power which we have also seen in Activa 125, the prime function of this feature is that it decreases the friction inside the engine pistons hence resulting in better Fuel efficiency, performance and combustion of the fuel.
Ride and Handling
One of the smoothest riding scooters in the segment, thanks to its new telescopic suspension in the front, 3 step adjustable spring – loaded hydraulic at the rear and increased ground clearance for our Indian roads. The handling is decent too. The stability is also better as compared to the last generations. But it definitely feels unstable after the 70 Kmph mark. One slight problem we have with the Activa 6G is its mediocre braking performance which could have been corrected by addition of disc brakes in the front and this would completed it into a complete scooter and would have also made it more safer.
The engine is also quite new, we now get a longer stroke and the displacement is upto 109.5cc resulting in a very slight loss of power & torque (0.2 bhp), (0.2Nm) which is a minor change and unnoticeable in day to day riding but the weight has also been reduced by 2 Kgs which makes up for the reduced power and torque.
The Activa 6G comes with a six-year warranty, in which three years are standard and the next three years extended are optional.
- Displacement : 109.51cc
- Engine type : Fan Cooled , 4stroke SI engine
- of cylinders : 1
- Max power : 7.79PS @ 8000rpm
- Max Torque : 8.79 Nm @ 5250rpm
- Fuel Capacity : 5.3 L
- Front Suspension : Telescopic
- Kerb weight : 107 Kg
- Rear Suspension : 3-Step Adjustable Spring loaded Hydraulic
- Fuel Economy : 55km/l
- Brakes – Front : Drum
Rear : Drum
Prices: ₹66,799-₹70,044 (EX-Showroom, Delhi)
Features which set it apart
- Comfortable and Reliable.
- Very Refined motor
- Vast Service Network
- No Disc Brakes
- No Alloys
- Lacks some Modern Features
With this we hope we would have provided you with a complete review of the Activa 6G in all aspects, you can definitely check out www.MOTORBHAI.com for more information- related articles.
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