The Activa 125 becomes Honda’s first BS6-compliant two-wheeler in India; to go on sale by the end of Q2 2019.
Ever since its launch here in 2001, the Honda Activa has been one of Honda Two-Wheeler’s highest selling models in India and, it still continues to be. So, Honda has decided to debut the crucial BS-6 upgrade with the Activa 125, making it their first BS-6 compliant two-wheeler. As part of the upgrade, the Honda Activa 125 BS-6 gets a new 125cc HET motor with Honda’s PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel-Injection) and future-ready eSP (Enhanced Smart Power) technology.
The eSP is essentially a combination of three factors: a new, quiet ACG starter, the PGM-FI setup and friction reduction technology. Honda’s ‘A Quiet Revolution’ tagline alludes to the ACG starter, which eliminates the conventional starter motor. It instead starts the engine ‘jolt-free’ using the same AC generator used for charging the battery, thereby also getting rid of the ‘meshing’ starter noise.
Some other mechanical highlights on the new Activa 125 BS-6 include an ‘Idle Stop System’, with the help of which the engine can be restarted at a twist of the throttle (when it has been shut off by the system after the scooter coming to a halt). In order to reduce friction, the 125cc HET motor gets an offset cylinder along with a lighter crankshaft & piston.
In terms of features, Honda has given the Activa 125 BS-6 a new digital-analogue meter console which now displays real-time fuel efficiency, riding range, average fuel consumption along with a trip meter, clock, ECO indicator and a service due indicator (with an onboard malfunction alert light). The side stand indicator has also been upgraded as it now comes with an engine immobiliser (the engine won’t start if the side stand is engaged).
Convenience & utility have also been looked after on the new Activa 125 BS-6 as the 18-litre under-seat storage has been redesigned and now, a front storage compartment is on the list as well. Plus, the rider will not have to get off the seat to refuel as the scooter now gets an external fuel-filler flap, which can be easily unlocked using the new combi-switch (the same switch can unlock the seat as well).
The exterior is where the changes have been kept to a minimum since the existing Activa 125 already features modern styling. To differentiate the new model though, the BS-6 version gets restyled LED position lamps, some chrome body accents and an embossed, 3-D ‘Activa 125’ emblem.
While there have been a lot of additions to the new Activa 125, what makes the deal a real hard one to miss is the fact that Honda will be offering the new Activa 125 BS-6 with a 6-year warranty package (3-year standard warranty + 3-year optional extended warranty). It will go on sale with 6 exterior colour options, some of which are shared with the existing Activa 125.