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Honda Grazia 125 BS6 | Review

The Honda Grazia 125 is the flagship scooter of Honda that was released in the late 2017’s and still holds a strong market standing in Nepal. 



The new Honda Grazia shares its underpinnings with the Activa 125 but the scooter has received substantial upgrades in appearance. First and foremost, the all-metal body has been swapped for a plastic one. This has made way for a more stylish looking scooter while weighing about a kilo lighter at 107 kg. The Grazia gets angular lines and the front apron is likeable with the wide new headlamp. In fact, the headlamp design seems to have taken inspiration from the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. There's a subtle hint and the unit gets a complete LED setup, a first for any scooter in Nepal. The front nose is sharper and gets black and brushed silver plastic inserts to break the monotony. The Grazia is offered in six bright metallic colours that look trendy.



The Honda Activa 125 always had a highly delectable engine and the unit continues to impress on the Grazia as well. The 124.9 cc single-cylinder motor is air-cooled and churns out the same 8.5 bhp at 6500 rpm, while producing 10.5 Nm of peak torque at 5000 rpm. The unit comes paired with a CVT system, common on most scooters to enable clutch-less shifts. Hit the electric start button on the Grazia and the extremely refined nature of the engine is immediately apparent. The motor is in its element for low to mid range power and is easily one of the quickest scooters off the line.While being one kg lighter doesn't make a world of a difference, the Grazia does feel peppier too. Power delivery is smooth through the rev range and you can barely feel vibrations catching up even higher in the power band. You could cruise at 70 kmph at around 6500 rpm all day with enough juice for more, and the engine just won't break sweat. The company claims a top speed of 85 kmph, which is 1 kmph higher than the Activa 125, and you can easily hit 80 kmph with only a strong hummm from the engine. While Honda has positioned the Grazia as an urban scooter, it is capable of handling highway runs with ease. Honda scooters are known to be fuel efficient and while we weren't able to test Grazia's fuel efficiency in our short ride, it is expected to offer a healthy mileage at an average of 50 kmpl.

The Honda Grazia shares a tonne of components with the Activa 125; so don't be surprised to see the same foot pegs, switchgear, and even the rear view mirrors on either model. The fuel tank capacity is also the same at 5.3 litres. The digital instrument console though is the big change on the Grazia. The unit includes a digital tachometer; the only scooter to boast of the same in the country while a separate digital display packs the trip meter, clock, odometer and fuel gauge. While the unit is easy to read even during the day, it is not exactly in your field of vision. Another interesting addition is that of the new Eco Speed Indicator. This is an evolution of the eco-meter or eco-light that we are used to seeing on most commuter offerings. The unit has three green indicators that will light up in succession between speeds of 30 to 50 kmph. Honda says you need to ride the scooter for over 2.16 seconds at a constant speed for all lights to turn green, which is intended to help achieve higher fuel efficiency.There's a new 4-in-1 ignition that includes the seat lock switch, which is why the key slot has been given a miss on the side panel. The switch can be accessed using the button near the ignition, which provides access to 18 litres of storage space. While the boot is big enough for groceries and a small bag, it can't fit a full sized helmet. Another addition is that of the smartphone storage space within the front apron that also includes a mobile charging socket. A thoughtful feature, the storage box is deep enough to accommodate the largest of phones, but we think it's a big miss that the charging socket itself is optional even on the range-topping variant.


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