The commuter segment is a very important market for two-wheeler makers. They need to offer comfort, decent styling and most importantly, good fuel efficiency and low cost.
The battle with other manufacturers is immense in this category and the current leader is the Hero MotoCorp's Splendor.
Ever since Honda and Hero Split, Honda has been trying to get back in the game and now, the company has launched the Livo, a stylish looking motorcycle for the commuters in India.
So, can Honda make a mark in this segment? Or has the company only given India just another motorcycle? Let's find out!
The Honda Livo looks sleek, angular and aggressive from the front. The headlight fairing makes the motorcycle look like a bigger displacement motorcycle, keeping in mind it is a commuter.
The fuel tank flows smoothly over the side of the motorcycle to blend in with the side and rear panels, and at the rear sits a large tail lamp which is necessary for use in the city. The blinkers are located just below, separating them from the tail lamp assembly.
Engine Specification And Gearbox:
The Livo is powered by a 110 cc, air cooled, single cylinder four stroke engine. This produces 9 horsepower and 8.5 Nm of peak torque. Delivering this power to the wheel is a 4-speed gearbox.
Mileage And Fuel Capacity:
Keeping in mind this is a commuter segment motorcycle, fuel economy is key. Honda claim a fuel efficiency of 74 kpl. The tank can hold 8.5-litres of petrol.
Weight, Ride Height And Dimension:
The Honda Livo weighs just 111 kgs, which again is a crucial element when it comes to being a commuter. It has a wheelbase of 1285 mm and a height of 1099 mm.
Wheels And Suspension:
The Honda Livo rides on tubeless, 80/100 18-inch tyres up front and at the rear. The front has telescopic fork while the rear end is equipped with a spring loaded hydraulic suspension.
The Honda Livo comes with a choice either a 240 mm disc or a 130 mm drum brake up front while it has a standard 130 mm drum brake at the rear.
The Honda Livo has an analogue meter console. The twin meter is easy to read, while the right side shows the fuel level and the left side shows the speed and also houses the odo. Warning lights are placed at the top centre, not making it too congested.
The switchgear too is laid out very well and is easy to use. The left side has the headlight, indicator and the horn controls, with a pass switch, while the right side has the electric start button.
- Drum - INR 52,989
- Disc - INR 55,489
Both prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The verdict. The Honda Livo is definitely the best looking motorcycle in this segment. It comes with a very reliable Honda engine and returns a good fuel economy, while also costing a bit more than its competitors. So does it have what it takes to be a segment leader? Time will reveal the fact.