Let us welcome the Japanese bike maker and India's third largest bike-manufacturer Honda's latest endeavor Dream Yuga. Honda has finally ventured into the commuter segment with its Dream Yuga 110cc and the bike is a culmination of reliability and low-cost ownership to match the basic riding requirements of Indian masses.
Ok ok "‚¬Â¦get it. While other bike majors are steering towards the high end and 200cc and plus segments, Honda seems to be clear by launching its entry-level Dream Yuga which has been competitively priced and comes adorned with many user-friendly features "‚¬Â¦that is to largely draw the newbie riders and also the commuting bike rider segment looking for a fuel efficient low cost machine.
In fact, the company's new slogan "sach kar denge sapne" explains Honda's strong motive of entering this particular segment. Hondas' three manufacturing plants are projected to produce 40 lakh units per annum. The Manesar plant has already manufactured 16 lakh units of Dream Yuga, while the Tapukara plant is expected to create 12 lakh units and the third plant in Karnataka at Narsapuram is presently under construction. And that is a mighty challenge for the existing market biggies Bajaj Auto and Hero Motocorp. Let us check if the Dream Yuga has all what it takes to fulfill the dreams of average Indian commuter.
The Honda Yuga is available in three variants: kick-start with spoke wheels and drum brakes, kick-start option with alloy wheels and self-start with alloy wheels is another option, of course the price range for each of the models differ a bit. The prices being Rs 48,028 for the spoke wheeled version, Rs 49,592 for alloy wheeled version and Rs 51,678 for the alloy wheels and electric start version, respectively and the prices being ex-Showroom Mumbai.
Honda Dream Yuga's sturdy build quality is the biggest draw and the style statement perfectly blended with practical features will be THE attracting factors of this Honda vehicle. The second small capacity Yuga after CB Twister has looks that share a striking similarity with that of Honda CB Shine. And basically Dream Yuga bears simple and conventional look with a nice headlight that illuminates sufficiently during the dark, twin-pod instruments consisting of speedometer, odometer and the fuel gauge.
The palm grips offer a decent comfort while riding and the easy to locate and operate switches/levers facilitate convenient ride if not best in the town. Dream Yuga 110cc features some cool graphics, a bikini fairing in the front, and a 5-way adjustable rear suspension with a long well cushioned seat saddle to offer great comfort. The grab rail in the rear comes in body color and
The indicators showing low battery, pass-light, fuel reserve and footrest for the pillion rider makes up for the practical features of the bike. The sufficient ground clearance offers a good ride even on rugged terrains. But the bike does not offer disc brakes and the analogous speedometer might turn you off. Nevertheless, the other sensible features along with a neat exterior finish might offer you enough solace for a commuter bike.
Engine, performance and mileage
Dream Yuga is equipped with a SI, single cylinder, 4-stroke, 110 cc engine with 4 manual gears, while churning out a maximum power of 9bhp at 8000 rpm and torque of 9Nm at 6000 rpm. It's in fact the same Twister engine however tweaked to belt out 8.6 PS which is still the best in the segment and that is tuned to run more for fuel as well, cant ask more from a 110cc machine.
The power deliverance of Yuga will definitely charm the young riders and also perfect to ride on urban as well as rural roads. The ride position doesn't tilt too far forward and seems just right and the steering is also smooth to squeeze through city traffic. Suspension is okay and not too smooth. Braking is dull and lets the rider. You need to use dual brakes even at speeds as low as 20 kmph to bring the bike to halt. Else you would be in for an embarrassment middle of the road.
Talking of the mileage, Yuga offers 55 kmpl in the city and around 70 kmpl on the highway.
The Honda Dream Yuga is available in five interesting hues that are as follows: monsoon gray metallic, maple brown, alpha red metallic, black and force silver metallic.
The Dream Yuga has plenty of goodies to offer such as tubeless tyres, sturdy build, fuel efficient, handling and comfort features are the major attractions. While one might crib about the bike not featuring disc break, absence of tachometer and also there is no step-up seat, which are a few shortcomings of the Yuga. But the price factor and on-road mileage would be the important criteria for many buyers and Dream Yuga has got it bang-on in this regard. Even if the new Dream Yuga does not quite fulfill your dream but surely has the verve to capture your imagination. We may have to give it more time to see how it performs on a long term.
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