4-Stroke, Air Cooled, Single Cylinder
Width x Height
1805mm x 748mm
Back in the day when the roads were more open and traffic was less,
one could roam around more freely in the city of Delhi. But as the years
progressed it has become a tedious task to step out of your home and battle
through the crowded streets of this capital city. Many opt for more
maneuverable options such as a scooty or a motorcycle to get about in the city.
But when you pull up on a scooty to work or to college it does not leave too
macho an image in peoples mind. In terms of practicality a scooty is a bit
bulky but being an automatic it is quite convenient to ride while a motorcycle
does pose the problem of storing goods when on the go and also one does need to
work the gears now and again.
While testing the Navi through the crowded streets of Delhi I was
reminded of the good old days, when I used to ride my bike to college every
day. It was not just a statement of style but also about convenience and
practicality. Then I asked myself would I ride this to college? And the answer
undoubtedly was "Hell yea". This little fella has the swag one looks
for in a bike and at the same time is practical to ride. But we were not done
just yet. While many have been running the Navi on smooth roads and wide
streets of metropolitans, we decided to take it a bit further through the narrow
streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. This literally was no child's
playground, every turn we needed to be immensely careful or we could knock down
a kid or some adult. The agility of the Navi took me by surprise as I made
turns and swerves through the dilapidated streets of Chawri Baazar. The Navi feels
nimble and fleet footed like a cheetah, the rider gets good balance and gaining
confidence on this bike is quite easy.
The Navi is powered by a 109.19cc, single cylinder, air cooled,
4-stroke engine. The power output is 7.8bhp at 7000 rpm and the engine produces
a max torque of 8.96Nm at 5500 rpm. We took the Navi to a top speed of 90kmph
and getting up to the 80kmph mark is breeze. Past the 80kmph mark the engine
does feel a bit strained but since the vehicle ways around 101kgs it is quite
fleet footed. The suspension on the Navi is facilitated by a telescopic fork in
the front and a spring loaded hydraulic type in the rear.
We found the suspension to be a bit stiffly tuned and one does get
shaken up a bit over bumpy roads. The ride quality of the Navi otherwise is
quite good and the vehicle is well balanced. While leaning in at corners even
at speeds above 60kmph the Navi gives the rider a significant amount of
confidence and the agility of this monkey bike can take you by surprise. The Navi
is so versatile and nimble that we rode into the nearest gym in old Delhi --
the Shifan Fitness Centre and were riding in between machines and other
equipment just because we could. That is when a thought struck me--Could the
body builders working out there lift the bike? So I challenged them and to my
shock two of them actually started pumping the Navi iron with ease.
The tyres on the Navi are a 90/90 R12 in the front and a 90/100 R10
in the rear. The tyre profile is small like the other scootys available in the
market but adds flavor to the looks of this bike. It also means the Navi gets a
good fuel average and can be maneuvered with ease. The NAVI returns 60kms to
the litre and has a fuel tank of 3.8 litres, giving this bike a range of 228kms
on a full tank of petrol. While riding through old Delhi I kept worrying that I
might scrape against something or the space ahead was too narrow but every time
I got through with ease. It is wrong to zig-zag on the road but sometimes that
is the only way to make it out of the chaos. We weaved in and out of traffic,
pedestrians, rickshaws and donkey carts and I must admit the Navi made it all
look like childs play. The braking setup on the Navi is a 130mm drum in the
front and in the rear. The brakes are progressive and provide enough bite to
stop this bike.
By the time we were mid-way through our shoot I was beginning to
fall in love with this two wheeler. The acceleration was peppy, the ride was
solid and the way the Navi responded to my inputs just made it so pleasurable to
ride. This bike also comes with a storage box in the front where one store
goods with ease. Other accessories available with the Navi are different kinds
of sissy guards to protect the frame of the bike. The Navi is quite simple on
the features front and is not too swanky. The bike features a simple analogue
speed-o-meter with lights for turn indicators, high beam and the odometer. The
switch gear is quite ergonomically placed and can be operated with ease. Honda
has provided a electric and kick start function with the bike as well. One also
gets a small amount of under seat storage with the Navi.
The Navi enters in to the Indian market as a one of a kind product
which is ideal for the average college going kid be it a guy or a girl. It is
not just practical and convenient but also provides a very peppy and fun ride.
I rode it through some of the most congested streets Delhi could offer and in the
burning 44 degrees Celsius heat. All the way through I don't remember frowning
even once, everywhere I went people were smiling and pointing at me seemingly
showing that this little pocket rocket has won the hearts of the Indian
commuters already. The best part is the ex-showroom price which starts at just
Rs. 39,500. It is so affordable that even if you are not working and are in
college one can simply pick it up using your own pocket money. That is why we
at Motown India actually went and bought one for ourselves! Bindaas, isn’t it?
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