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16 Mar, 2017 ,
Automatic scooters in India is the most preferred mode of personal transport when commuting in city as it is very feasible to maintain and easy to use in the choke-a-block traffic. Honda came up with the first generation of the Activa in the year 1999 and has been selling it like hot cakes ever since. It not only changed the scooter market perception in India but also managed to become a household name in every family. The Activa 125 is the result of such massive love and success. No Honda is not putting away the Activa 110, but instead offering something more in terms of features and power with the 125. This move by Honda makes sense since there’s already over 10,000,000 of these scooters on road.
The Activa 125 looks fresh, elegant and stylish with the usual metal body finish. The Y shaped chrome piece on the front and the one piece tail lamp with integrated turn indicators give the Activa 125 a finished and premium feel. The headlamp is halogen powered and we will talk about it later down the review. The instrument console placed on a silver substructure is a mix of analogue and digital and comes with orange backlit reading up to 110 kmph. The console comes with a single trip meter, a digital fuel-gauge and a neat looking indicator warning lamps on both sides of the console.
The handle bar consists of quality palm grips, nice feeling levers, the standard Activa mirrors and switches. The omission of rear brake lock clamp on this Activa is surprising and makes no sense at all. Under seat storage is ample and big enough to store a full face helmet. The floor board is broad and accommodating even for taller riders. The alloy pillion footrests add up to the overall premium feel of the scooter. The seat is long enough and can easily entertain a pillion. The rear portion of the 125 is very much similar to the old Activa with the large alloy grab bar and identical tail lamp cluster.
Overall build quality is typical Honda which is robust, reliable and everlasting. There are no unwanted panel gaps or loose panels. Even the plastic quality is a step up from the previous generation of Activas.
The 125 CVT is powered by a 124.9cc, single-cylinder and air-cooled engine. Power output now stands at 8.6 at 6500rpm and 1kgm of torque at 5500rpm. The power is up by 0.6bhp along with torque which rings earlier in the rev range by a healthy 1000rpm if you compare it to the older Activa 110. The Engine is still carburetted and comes with a pull-knob choke system below the handle bar. The mill respires through a viscous type air-filter.
Push the button and the Activa 125, throttle the engine and you will notice that the engine moves ahead with a slight judder till 15km/h post which things smoothen up. Refinement level is damn good and you don’t feel any vibrations till 80kmph. Power delivery is very smooth and it feels more peppier than the older Activa 110. Throttle response is very alert and overtaking in city traffic is a zippy task for this scooter. The scooter feels very light on its feet, accelerates quicker and hits a top whack of 90kmph without any hint of stress.
Swing a leg over the Activa 125 and you will immediately sense comfort on the broad and well padded saddle. The riding position is typically upright with the handle bar well located for easy handling. The scooter behaved well in sharp corners and the handle never came in contact with the rider’s knees. This time the Activa 125 comes loaded with telescopic fork in the front which is quite a boon and was sorely missed on all earlier Activas. The rear consists of the single monoshock absorber with a swingarm.
On the move the ride quality is quite pliant and sticks to the tarmac without much bouncing. The 190mm front disc brake and 130mm drum rear brake gives superior stopping power along with CBS for safety aid. The tyres are by MRF with a larger 12inch front wheel and typical 10inch rim at the rear which ensures great flick ability in corners. The Activa 125 dealt with the city potholes and undulations with aplomb. The ride quality is the best we have seen on an Activa so far.
Activa 125 comes with the typical switch gear set up seen on previous avatars. The headlamp is a halogen unit which throws good beam at night and is a step up from the previous generation of Activas. The choke system works well in case of faulty cold starts and is really handy. The kick mechanism is also fantastic and the scooter really comes alive with just one kick. The indicators and the rear headlamp cluster light up very well and improve the overall visibility of the scooter from a distance. The wiring on the scooter is neat and we noticed no untidy bits of wires across the entire body panel.
The Activa 125 engine is integrated with a roller supported rocker arm fingers that reduce friction within the head to promote better fuel-efficiency. The scooter is still capable of putting out 45kmpl when ridden sanely which is very impressive.
The Activa 125 is indeed a worthy successor to the Activa 110 in terms of everything relating to power, ride and design. The Activa 125 is a premium and reliable product which will undoubtedly bolster and boost the success mantra of Activa. The Activa 125 takes away the crown as the best selling automatic scooter in India.
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