Scooters have become the perfect alternative choice of motorcycles these days.
They are affordable, handy and fuel-efficient in comparison to most motorcycles. Honda is presently the number one two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of growth and is second to Hero MotoCorp in terms of sales. Recently, the company has passed on the GST benefits to its customers and prices for its two-wheelers have dropped to some extent, boosting the sales figure further.
In the year of 2000, Honda has launched a new scooter model in India, named as Activa. Little did anyone know that this model would eventually turn out to be the best selling two-wheeler in India.
Honda Activa has been introduced in many versions. The most recent two versions, and probably the highest demanded Honda two-wheelers, are the Activa 4G and Activa 125. They are built on many similarities as well as differences. So let’s get down and find out all that we need to know about the two motorcycles, with the primary focus being on their specifications.
The Honda Activa 4G comes with a 109cc, air cooled, single cylinder engine. The engine outputs a maximum power of 8bhp at 7,500 revolutions per minute and the maximum torque of 9 Nm at 5,500 revs per minute.
On the other hand, the Honda Activa 125 features a more powerful 124.9 cc, air cooled, single cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of up to power up to 8.6 bhp at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 10.5 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
As can be made out from the data we have here, the Activa 125 enjoys only a little more power over the 4g, but at the same time, it sure enjoys a lot more torque. So it’s always better when it comes to carrying a lot of loads.
Both the scooter have same fuel tank capacity, that is, 5.3 litres. However, the Activa 125 has a reserve fuel capacity as well, which always comes in handy in tight situations. The company claims that the Activa 4G will provide a mileage of 60 kmpl and has an overall riding range of around 310 to 320 kms.
However, the Activa 125, being a more powerful version, compromises on the economy section, with the maximum mileage offered to be around 52 kmpl to 54 kmpl. It will have an overall riding range of close to 300 kms.
The Honda Activa 4G is suspended over spring loaded hydraulic units on both the wheels. The wheels are 10 inches in size while the overall kerb weight stands at 108 kgs. This, however, may not be the most comfortable ones if you are travelling on a bad road or down a street.
On the other hand, the front suspension of the Honda Activa 125 is telescopic type while the rear is loaded with a hydraulic unit. Also, the scooter features 12 inches alloy wheels, which offer better stability and road grip than the Activa 4G.
There are some features on the Honda Activa 4G that make it a little inferior to the bigger sibling and they are yet to be mentioned. The outlet of the fuel tank is present under the seat. Moreover, it lacks a lacks a fuel warning indicator and a tripmeter as well.
On the contrary, the bigger 125 cc version has a fuel warning indicator and a digital tripmeter as well. However, it lacks an external fuel filling too.
Having different capacity engines at the heard, the two models have a slight difference in the price as well. The Honda Activa 4G comes with a price tag of 52,943 while the exclusive showroom price of the bigger Activa 125 Rs. 59,116. However, the disc brake variant of the 12 cc scooter starts at Rs. 63,488.
So which one is better?
The two products from Honda is definitely different, if not a lot. However, both the scooters serve almost the same purpose of being an urban-centric scooter and will do the best for commuting in a busy city traffic.
That said, if you are riding the Honda Activa 4G, you will start feeling that it lacks the punch that is needed to hit the top speed in quick time. It can cross a speed of 80 kmph alright, but what matters is how soon.
The Honda Activa 125 will do much better in this regards as the higher torque plays a vital part here. The top speed isn’t significantly higher, but what matters is that it will take you the speed of 80 kmph sooner than the 4G will. However, you will need to pay around Rs. 10,000 more to get a hand over the disc brake variant of the scooter, which is a must-have feature if you are handling a powerful engine.