The Honda Dream Yuga, when launched, was on a high ride of aspirations, as it was the manufacturer's first move towards the mass volume commuter segment. Sure, they had the Twister, but it was more of a premium commuter at the executive end of price bracket. The Dream Yuga then, came out as a viable weapon for Honda to gain larger share of sales in the commuter segment.
Satisfying on all the aspects, the Dream Yuga is a perfect step-up option for those who want a frugal and reliable 110cc commuter at the price of a conventional 100cc motorcycle. Though the styling may look a bit common, but that's not the Dream Yuga's bull's eye, but where the bike perfectly hits the dart is the performance, fuel efficiency and refinement, which are the most important characters for a motorcycle for setting up a benchmark. And in those aspects, the Dream Yuga surely scores up by tons.
The Honda Dream Yuga follows a very simplistic approach of design, and may not appeal to those motorcyclists who love flashy graphics, muscular stance and gizmos on their ride. Nevertheless, it looks smart with a decent profile, featuring a bikini fairing around its simple headlamp, flanked by clear lens blinkers. The side profile also looks plain with fuel tank showcasing good knee recesses. The recently introduced two tone paint scheme surely livens up the appeal now. The rear view of the Dream Yuga gels well with the overall design, with a large tail lamp. The instrument console too maintains the continuity of 'down-to-earth' manner, with a two-pod cluster showcasing speedometer and odometer on the left and fuel gauge on the right, with the tachometer being given a miss. The graphics flow well from the tank to the rear panel, without seeming to be overdone. The built and fit and finish is easily the best in class, a quality which has kept the Dream Yuga outstanding amongst its rivals, in a typical Honda fashion. Overall, the motorcycle may not turn many heads on the road, but still it is one of those motorcycles which your father may equally praise, if you do so.
Powering this 'mid-sized' motorcycle of Honda is a 109cc, 4-stroke, air cooled engine, which manages to make a decent 8.4 PS of power and 8.63 Nm of torque. The Dream Yuga emerges out as a torquey motorcycle with a fabulous mid range performance, which makes this motorcycle so easy to ride even on higher steep climbs. The motor is a gem which makes the full use of the smooth gear ratios of the 4-speed gearbox, though a 5-speed unit would have made it even more lovelier. The motorcycle is a perennial of refinement and it's difficult to tell whether the engine is running, if kept idle.
Handling and ride quality of Dream Yuga continues to be impressive, even with a basic set up of telescopic front forks and simple hydraulic coil springs at the rear. The chassis is light and flexible and the Dream Yuga loves to be thrown around corners. And thanks to a stress-free engine, it is not at all a tiring machine in traffic, and the punchy motor makes it an advantage over the regular 100cc commuters, once you twist the throttle on open stretches. Brakes are in perfect rhythm with other mechanicals, though an optional disc brake would have been a great option. Fuel economy is excellent for a motorcycle of this segment, which makes it even more desirable.