Launched: Honda Livo 110cc
Honda promised it would launch 15 products this year, of which, eight had already been launched in the first half of 2015. The new commuter, Livo is Hondas ninth product and will replace one of the most stylish commuters in town, the CB Twister.
Whats with the name, you ask? Well, Honda believes its now Time to Live, and hence the fancy name. And since it was to fill in the shoes of a stylish commuter, the designers paid special attention in lending the new motorcycle a premium, but aggressive look. The air-duct shaped headlight, the dynamic tank shrouds, the curved fuel tank, and black alloys do go a long way in making the Livo look attractive for an entry-level commuter.
Powering the new Honda two-wheeler is the tried-and-tested, 8.1bhp, 8Nm, 110cc motor, with tweaks that make it peppier and greener than before. Coupled with Honda's Eco Technology (HET), the bikemaker claims it will run 74 kilometers on a liter of fuel, under Honda riding mode, that is.
Being a commuter, expect the Livo to offer an upright handlebar position, a comfortable saddle, short turning radius and a 5-way adjustable rear suspension for better ride comfort. Plus, given our road conditions, the Livo comes with tubeless tyres as standard, and for a hassle-free ownership, it gets a maintenance-free battery and a viscous air filter.
The Livo can be had in four paint shades; Honda has fancy names for that, but this is what you get – blue, white, brown and black. At Rs 52,989 for the drum brake version and Rs 55,489 for the disc brake variant, the Livo has been competitively priced (ex-showroom, Delhi). This new Honda commuter will compete with the likes of the TVS Star City+, the Bajaj Discover 100, Mahindra Centuro and the Hero Passion X Pro.