The new Honda Aviator is not the best among the Honda scooters. It is intended to cater to the urban man and promises to be an easy ride in traffic snarls. The affordable price of the scooter is certainly appealing. The Aviator is fourth scooter launched by Honda that had previously launched Dio, Eterno and Activa. Honda Activa gained lot of popularity and commercial success. The bike though has a stiff competition from Access and Flyte. The Aviator’s design is quite primitive and only time will tell how the consumer will approach and accept this vehicle.
The design and styling of the Honda Aviator is unique compared to Honda Activa but not very appealing. The indicators are big and are divided by a V-shape stripe and it is eye-catching. The headlamps are another highlight of the scooter and tyres are larger in contrast to other scooters. The tail end has pre-dominant wraparound turn indicators. The instrument panel is triangular in shape and has large speedometer and fuel gauge. But the warning indicators are hard to spot in bright sunlight. The Aviator is poor in terms of style and it does not have quadra/penta lock features. The scooter can boast of greater under seat space when compared to Activa. And the Aviator also lacks a mobile charging socket and a glove box, which have become a norm with other brands!
Honda Aviator scooter is powered by air-cooling, 102cc, 4-stroke and a single cylinder engine, which is same as the Honda Activa that produces a power of 7bhp at 7000 rpm. The initiation of the vehicle is good and engine enables a smooth and an easy ride. Aviator can touch a speed of 70kmph without any vibration and jarring sound. But the scooter requires more pick-up than the speed per se.
Aviator has seats that are comfortable for a perfect ride. The wheelbase is larger and the height of the scooter helps the tall rider. As all the Honda vehicles Aviator too is fuel-efficient and gives a mileage of around 40kmpl and serves greatly for city riding. The ABS plastic panels reduce the weight of the scooter. The suspension is facilitated by telescopic fork that helps to lower the impact of vibration on bad roads and thus the ride does not exhaust you.
The vibration is shifted via the handle bar and the rear grab rail is very low and for this you have to give full marks to the engineering team of Honda. The Aviator with disc brake manages the scooter quite well and you can vroom through the signals with ease. The levers can be smoothly operated. With negative indication of the bike sales the scooter segment is certainly going to gain foot in the two-wheeler market. Thus, the competition will expand largely and you have to wait to and watch how Aviator will survive this stiff competition.
Honda Aviator is priced at Rs 40,000 and is available in the following colors: Rebel Red Metallic, Berry Purple Metallic, Space Silver Metallic and Pearl Igneous Black.
All said and done; bikes will continue to being the favourite 2 wheelers among men, and Honda Aviator scooter with not-that-great features will struggle to sustain in the bikes dominated Indian automobile market.