Is it a scooter? Is it a bike? It’s the new Honda Navi!
The Honda Navi (New Additional Value for India) was a surprise launch from Honda that was unveiled to the public at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. It is classified as a monkey bike, which is the term used to describe two-wheelers that are a cross between a scooter and a bike. That’s certainly a new segment in the Indian market and the official tagline of the NAVI – “Whatever it is, it’s FUN!”, captures the thoughts of everyone on this new type of two-wheeler perfectly.
So what is the NAVI exactly? It’s a fun-sized (read small) monkey bike fitted with the same 109.2 cc engine and automatic transmission that can be found on Honda scooters like the Activa. The NAVI is positively tiny compared to both scooters and bikes, and has a seat height of 765 mm, weighs in at just 101 kgs and provides a very good mileage of 60 kmpl. All this makes it the perfect bike to zip through traffic in the most crowded cities with absolute ease.
People would’ve still been skeptical about purchasing this new kind of two-wheeler, but Honda anticipated that and have set the price tag at an extremely tempting Rs 39,500. At that price, the Honda NAVI is a very tempting prospective for anyone looking for a bike for their daily commute in a crowded city or even an affordable bike for some fun riding.
The Honda NAVI was released in 3 custom variants – Navi Street, Navi Adventure and Navi off-road. All the variants are available in 5 colours: Patriot Red, Hooper Green, Shasta White, Sparky Orange and Black as well. If Honda achieves success in India with the NAVI, it could pave the way for more monkey bikes to be released in India such as the Kawasaki Z125 Pro and the Honda Grom.
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