Every once in a while, Honda comes up with a unique model of scooters with cater to a very specific target audience, for instance, the Navi or the Cliq.
Before the Grazia arrived, Honda had catered to its younger buyers with the Dio. The Dio has been around for a quite long time in the market and the young generation loved it without sacrificing any practicality. Unfortunately, Honda did not get any major updates out for the scooter.
Now, the Japanese two-wheeler giant has come up with the all-new Grazia, which with its attractive designand premium features looks to appease those Dio fans hoping for an update and at first glance, it does seem to be very promising. We got to ride the Grazia for a couple of days in the city and here is our take on Honda all new modern scooter.
Honda's styling department has really put some effort to design the Grazia which features sharp, angular panels all around. Moreover, the stout, two-tone front apron houses a massive LED headlight unit with Daytime Running Lights. The Grazia is the first scooter on sale in India scooter to feature an all LED headlight unit.
The Grazia also gets an all-digital monochrome instrument cluster with a speedometer and tachometer and gives a good readout during the daytime. There is smaller secondary LCD panel below which displays the time, fuel gauge, odometer and a trip meter.
The Grazia also gets a new 4-in-one ignition which now also includes a seat lock switch. Open the seat and you have access to the 18 litres of storage space which, is a fair amount of space for a helmet or the daily groceries.
This scooter also gets a small additional storage compartment which is big enough to hold a mobile phone and owners can opt for a rather convenient charger as well
At the rear, the angular split grab rails look pretty cool and are also comfortable for the pillion to hold on to. The three-piece tail light and indicator cluster get halogens instead of the LEDs, which might disappoint some buyers.
Engine and Performance
Powering the Grazia is Honda's tried and tested 124.9cc, single-cylinder engine which also propels the popular Activa 125. The air-cooled engine of the Grazia produces 8bhp at 6500rpm and 10.54 Nm of max torque at 5000rpm.
The scooter feels very familiar in terms of power delivery as it is responsive from low to mid rpms, and thrives in city traffic conditions. The fuel-efficient engine on the Grazia returned an average of around 47kpl. With a capacity of 5.3 litres, Honda claims the Grazia will travel over 250km on a full tank of petrol.
Ride and Handling
Ergonomically the Grazia features a comfortable and upright riding position. The seat is well cushioned and allows riders to ride for miles without any issues. However, taller riders who are 6 feet or more could find making turns an issue as their knees end up hitting the bars.
The Grazia gets a telescopic front fork and a rear mono-shock. The suspension setup feels stiff over harsh surfaces and bumps and with a pillion when you hit a bump the Grazia tends to bob around a little.
The Grazia is fitted with a 190mm front disc brake and drum brake at the rear which along with Honda's combined braking system help bring the scooter to a halt with ease.
The Grazia gets five-spoke black alloy wheels which are fitted with tubeless tyres from either Ceat or MRF. The rear wheel sits at 10 inches while Honda has fitted a larger 12-inch front wheel which provides good stability while cornering.
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With its stylish and refreshing design, the Grazia feels more of a modern day scooter. However the price tag of Rs 62,269 ex-showroom (Delhi) top-of-the-line DLX variant, puts the Grazia a little bit on the premium side compared to the other scooters in the market.
So, will the new HondaGrazia appeal to the younger buyer? In a word, Yes. With its modern-day features and a completely new design along with an adequate amount of power the Grazia will certainly appeal to those still young at heart.