Honda launched the Navi gearless scooter at the 2016 Auto Expo in India, which at that time was only available in its standard avatar. Although a unique offering in the standard variant itself, Navi customers were craving for more iterations of the Navi mini-bike. Seeing the interest of buyers for more of Navi, Honda has released the Chrome and the Adventure Edition - a more fun-filled proposition than the Standard Navi - at least by the looks of it.
We got a chance to spend some time with the Honda Navi Adventure Edition and here's our take on it!
Honda Navi is a rather unusual offering in the flock of traditional gearless scooters retailing in the country. Targeted at the young audience, Honda has successfully managed to keep the design of the Honda Navi quirky and youthful. Yet, you feel something is missing out, something more can be added to make the Navi more funky and stylish. And it seems like Honda has listened to your prayers. Result - The Honda Navi Adventure Edition!
The Adventure Edition is a makeshift kit that can be added on the Navi to give it a rugged look, but at an extra price. The kit includes an underbody guard, knuckle guard-set, fly shield, headlamp protector, rear grip, and a luggage box. The seat cover is also improved and the buyers get to choose from a wide variety of decals and body graphics. Not to forget the eye-popping florescent color options like Green and Orange (someone trying to copy Lamborghini here).
Engine and Performance
Apart from the cosmetic upgrades, the Honda Navi Adventure Edition doesn't offer anything new in terms of the mechanical changes. The Navi Adventure continues to be powered by the same 109cc engine doing its duty on the Navi standard version and sourced from the popular Honda Activa. The 109cc engine delivers a power output of 8 horsepower developed at 7000 rpm, while having a torque rating of 9 Nm developed at 5500 rpm. The power is sent to the rear wheel via a Continuously Variable Transmission.
Although the 8 hp and 9 Nm figures may not seem impressive on paper, but is adequate for a peppy city ride. Weighing at around 100 kgs, the Navi is light enough for a good power-to-weight ratio and runs exceptionally well once in its right rpm zone. The top speed is limited to 80 kmph, which is easily attainable, but we didn't particularly enjoyed the Navi's sedated pick-up performance. All-in-all, a fun and peppy machine for city rides, that can be occasionally taken out for limited-speed highway runs.
Ride and Handling
Coming from the house of Honda, we were quite confident about the Navi's ride quality and the Japanese 2-wheeler manufacturer didn't let us down. Honda Navi is quite a brilliant machine considering how miniscule its dimensions are, especially the wheels. Thanks to some brilliant R&D efforts by engineers at Honda 2-wheelers India, Navi can steer past any kind of road surface with ease.
On the handling front too, Navi makes you feel confident regardless of the traffic and road conditions - be it the city traffic, hairpin bends on hilly roads or be it the arrow-straight highway roads. The tyre grip is quite commendable and keeps you grounded no matter how hard you try to lean it. We found the crosswind problem prominent enough to snub us while passing through the coastal roads (Navi's 100 kg weight to blame here).
One look at the Honda Navi can bring an instant smile on your face. This is exactly what is required - a little bit of fun to ease-off the stressful life. Add the reasonable pricing (Navi is cheaper than most of the high-end smartphones) and Honda's reliability in the mix, this tiny scooter is a worthy competitor to most of the gearless scooters available in the market today. Yes, the Navi is not a very practical scooter and you need to shell out an extra 8000 bucks for the Adventure Edition, but the looks alone are worth it. Not to mention the comfortable and relaxed city ride it offers. A definite buy for somone who already owns a couple of 2-wheelers in the garage and looking out for something fancy, yet functional!