Honda 2013 Aviator review
Beauty, smartness and intelligence always attract and that is how the phrase was proved so true while passing through a parking. Standing discreetly behind an old gen Honda Accord was something which pestered me to turn back and take a second look. Announcing her arrival in style, it was the new improved Honda Aviator with utter sharp looks, standing tall and claiming its territory with confidence!
The density of gearless scooter is increasing with each passing day and more than half of the market is occupied by Honda customers. The Honda Activa is the highest selling scooter in the market and the Japanese giant pushed the Aviator in this segment a few years back, tagging it as a premium scooter. Now this scooter is getting competition from other players like Piaggio Vespa, Suzuki Access and the likes. The reason you see its review here is due to the newly introduced HET technology that promises more smiles per miles, errr, better fuel economy!
The tall scooter looks very smart at the first sight and you will have to turn back to get a second. Look to appreciate its slightly ‘corporate’ design. The new Aviator now has a good amount of chrome in the front facia and looks more premium. The two big indicators sit on the side of the front apron and give a complete look to the scooter.
The headlamps are placed in the middle of the handle column and they throw quite a good amount of light which is enough to prevent your way to look like a street-light less tarmac. There is ample legroom for an adult to keep his feet and maybe that grocery bag from the corner of the street – infact, we recommend this over other options for well-built adults.
Talking about space, the Aviator can hold up to 20 litres of various daily needs under the seat which is big enough to keep your lid and a few weekend shopping bags. The single saddle has great comfort and does not feel tiring during the long rides. Aviator does not refuse to look sober even from the rear. The single big body-coloured grab rail just above the huge tail-lamps completes the modern looks of the bike.
The big looking scooter rides on advanced front telescopic front suspension and a spring loaded hydraulic type rear suspension making sure it rides in a smoothest way even through the roughest of the city roads, well almost! The scooter does not lose its composure even through the tightest of corners and just leans into any turns with confidence. The comfort level of the vehicle is very high and with wide seats and ergonomically suitable riding position, the scooter can be ridden for those short weekend bursts.
Powered by an air-cooled 4-stroke 109cc engine, the scooter is driven by 8 bhp of maximum power delivered to it at 7000rpm. Maximum torque figure reaches at 8.77 Nm at 5500 rpm. The engine proves to be a boon during heavy traffic situation where it provides quick acceleration to take over the slow traffic and on highway where it reaches a maximum speed of more than 90 km/h which is good enough for long rides. It may not be peppy like the Vespa but for a 109cc engine, the Aviator makes it mark with refined and torquey nature. The fast moving scooter can be stopped from a very short distance because of the front disc brake and rear drum brake. The brakes are controlled by Honda’s patent combi- brake technology which is highly impressive and is less tiring during the rides. The scooter has a fuel capacity of 6 litres and high fuel efficiency of the scooter increases the time between fuel refills – we reckon a rider will easily stretch out 275-300km between re-fills.
The biggest change is the new Honda technology – the latest HET engineering enhances power and mileage by optimizing transmission and reducing the friction in the engine. The new Aviator claims to return a mileage of 60 km to a litre which puts it in one of the most fuel efficient scooters in India. On paper, the maximum power remains same though we feel the scooter is a touch more refined now.
Honda Aviator has taken the premium scooters to another level in India. With new-age features, the bike has really gained pace with the youth of today’s age and with a price tag of Rs. 48212 for standard and Rs. 53531 for Deluxe (with disc), the scooter has surely attracted many customers towards itself. Honda being a known name in gearless scooters, we expect the company to further bring the bigger capacity machines, including 125-150cc scooters, to the country soon! Our fingers are crossed!