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The muscular scooter gets BS-IV and AHO for 2017.

After commencing its streak of success with its scooter duo of Activa and Dio, Honda expanded its scooter portfolio for the Indian two-wheeler market by introducing its full-size 110cc scooter, Aviator. Targeted at a more niche audience, the Honda Aviator opened up an all new segment of premium 110cc scooters, which was totally absent before its advent.

As the entire nation’s manufacturers are busy updating their models to run on BS-IV engines, the Japanese Red are also doing the same and are completely flipping their BS-III models to BS-IV. This leads us to look into the Honda Aviator update that is now BS-IV compliant and is AHO enabled.

After updating their Unicorn 160 and Shine models with these features with their CB Hornet already running the upgraded motor, it was time for the scooters to taste the new smell. Starting with launching the new Activa 125, it was the brand’s stylish automatic scooter, the Aviator.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    109.19 cc
  • Top Speed:
    53 mph
  • Price:
    INR 51637
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.2/10

STYLING

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2017 Honda Aviator 2015 Honda Aviator

The Honda Aviator was always an elegant and stylish looking scooter. A certain charm had loomed its appearance of which it is capable of wooing its audience. The scooter continues to retain the same silhouette as its previous generation model, without any major changes to the shape of body panels. The scooter continues to have the tall profile when looked head on, with the handlebar mounted headlamp as well as long vertical clear lens turn indicators and unique Y-shaped silver garnish on the front apron. For 2017, it’s been topped up with classy features that only add to your quotient in more than one way.

Upfront, you get classy chrome highlights flanked beside the rather large turn indicators. Some like it and some just don’t dig it. A stylish halogen powered headlamp provides ample amount of illumination and wide rear view mirrors are more than functional. You get brown moulded seats that accentuate the royal feel along with the stylish inner covers.

The instrument panel is also well arranged for the readouts to be clear and is placed in a sleek looking cluster. This upmarket panel comes with a fuel gauge, analogue speedometer, and fuel and oil battery indicators. The leg space on the floorboard is wide enough to sit you comfortably even if you are 6 feet tall and space here is designed to give it a unique and stylish look.

Talking about space, you get an underbelly storage unit with 20 l of space, large enough to fit your full face helmet, wallets, bottles and all you can carry. The Aviator provides you with a mobile charging unit too that can charge up your device on the go.

The rear of this scooter looks stylish too with the rear multi-reflector tail lamp, sweeping side indicators and body coloured grab rail. Unlike its siblings Activa and Dio, Aviator has a strong and bold look which will attract the male riders strongly. Never underestimate the importance of a good posterior.

Stylishly designed 5 spoke alloy wheels, and new disc brakes with better ventilation are what moves you in a royal feel. You get this new Aviator fitted with Automatic Headlamp On unit, hence you don’t get the headlamp on switch on the handlebar.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Honda Aviator Hero Maestro Edge TVS Jupiter ZX
Length 1802mm 1841mm 1834mm
Width 703mm 695mm 650mm
Height 1162mm 1190mm 1115mm
Wheelbase 1256mm 1261mm 1275mm
Seat height 790mm 775mm 765mm
Wet weight 109kg 109kg 110kg
Fuel tank 6l 5.5l 5l

POWERTRAIN

There has not been any difference from the capacity or the engine outputs from the previous models. What has changed is this motor being BS-IV compliant, thereby polluting less.

Powered by a 109.19cc Air cooled, four-stroke, Single Cylinder, OHC engine, it is mated with a V-Matic automatic gearbox and is now BS-IV compliant. This engine produces a maximum power of 8 bhp at 7000 rpm while the maximum torque produced is 8.77 Nm at 5500 rpm. Honda has equipped its scooter with the new HET (Honda Eco Technology) and as a result that has increased the fuel efficiency of the engine and the new engine returns an impressive mileage of about 60 km to a litre.

There’s hardly any fault in this engine, and it remains a smooth and refined mill, which is perfect for short city rides as well as occasional long rides, thanks to its torque-filled mid-range. The fuel tank capacity of this scooter is 6L. Honda Aviator performs well on the city roads and the viscous air filter in the engine cuts down the need for maintenance. Also, the battery is maintenance free which does not require any topping up, and it is assured that it does not leak either. Doing so, Honda has once again given us a more than reliable engine that has smooth performance and no complaints whatsoever.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Honda Aviator Hero Maestro Edge TVS Jupiter ZX
Capacity cc 109.19 110.9 109.7
Bore/ Stroke mm 50/55.6 50/56.5 50/56.5
Output 8 bhp @ 7000 rpm 9 bhp @ 8000 rpm 8 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 9 Nm @ 5500 rpm 9 Nm @ 6500 rpm 8 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Type Fan Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI, BS IV Engine Air Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder OHC 4 Stroke, Single cylinder, Air Cooled, OHC
Clutch type CVT CVT CVT
Transmission V – Matic V - Matic V - Matic

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Aviator has always been the royal scooter that takes you to places in utmost comfort and speed. The frame on which Aviator has been built is rigid underbone type, and the riding position is neutral and comfortable to scooter standards. The wide and long seat provides ample support to both the rider and the pillion.

At the front, the Aviator is equipped with a telescopic fork enabling smoother handling and lower vibrations even at high speeds. The rear gets the spring loaded hydraulic type suspension that takes care of urban roads, bumps and its potholes without any fuss.

Coming to the braking system, the front brakes of the Aviator the disc type, 190mm with CBS while the rear comes with 130mm drum brake. The braking system is well-balanced, stable and responsive enough even while riding at high speeds.

With Honda Aviator, overcoming the traffic congested roads seems easy while the wide tyres of this scooter give better stance and stature and the longer wheelbase makes the ride more joyful. Tubeless tyres reduce the chance of immediate deflation in case of a puncture.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Honda Aviator Hero Maestro Edge TVS Jupiter ZX
Suspension / Front Telescopic Telescopic, Hydraulic Shock Absorber 30 mm Advance Telescopic Suspension
Suspension / Rear Spring loaded hydraulic type Unit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper Gas Charged Mono Shock
Brakes / Front 190mm Disc with CBS 130mm drum brake 130mm drum brake
Brakes / Rear 130mm drum brake 130mm drum brake 130mm drum brake
Tyres / Front 90/90 R12 90/100 R12 100/80 R17
Tyres / Rear 90/100 R12 90/100 R10 130/70 R17

PRICE

Now, Honda has also listed its BS-III models as well along with the new BS-IV editions, which is of course for a lower price. The Aviator Drum variant (BS-III) comes for ₹ 51637, Aviator Disc (BS-III) for ₹ 56983, Aviator Drum (BS-IV) for ₹ 52077, Aviator Disc (BS-IV) for ₹ 56454 and finally the Aviator Drum Alloy (BS-IV) for ₹ 54022. All the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.

As seen, there is hardly any difference between the BS-III and BS-IV machines which is a very good thing for Honda to convince people to buy the BS-IV editions rather than the BS-III ones. You can get your Aviator in four different colours: Pearl Igneous Black, Matt Selene Silver Metallic, Rebel Red Metallic and Pearl Amazing White.

COMPETITION

Honda has reigned the scooter segment in the country with its Activa, Dio and the Aviator. The next big thing against the Aviator is the Hero MotoCorp’s Maestro edge and TVS Motor’s Jupiter.

Hero Maestro Edge

Unlike the Pleasure and Maestro, the Maestro Edge is Hero’s first scooter which has been developed without the contribution of its erstwhile partner, Honda. The scooter looks very promising and is especially aimed at the younger set of buyers. Here’s a quick outlook on the all new Hero Maestro Edge.

As the name suggests, the Maestro Edge is an edgy looking version of the pre-existing Hero Maestro, with the overall design of the Maestro going under the knife for a much sharper looking avatar. The overall stance of the Maestro Edge suggests that it is designed mainly keeping the college-going youth in mind.

Unlike the Honda sourced engines on the Pleasure and Maestro, Hero has equipped the Maestro Edge with an all new four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 110.9cc engine which it has jointly developed with AVL Engineering from Austria. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and belts out 9 bhp of power and 8.3 Nm of torque.

The scooter is available in two variants – while the steel wheel version will cost you ₹ 49500, the alloy wheel version is available at ₹ 50700.

TVS Jupiter ZX

In the three years of its existence in the Indian market, the Jupiter has been one of the fastest selling scooters, giving a tough fight to all the established rivals. The Jupiter ZX edition looks the same as the regular Jupiter, but the couple of additional cosmetic changes it comes with raises its visual appeal. The already likeable and modern, yet familiar stance of the Jupiter has become a bit more premium with these changes.

The four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 109.7cc engine which the Jupiter comes with is the first 110cc engine developed by TVS, after having a successful stint with the 90cc Scooty Pep. The engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 8 bhp and a maximum torque of 8 Nm, which feels quite lively on the go. The 110cc engine promises a respectable fuel economy of 62 kmpl on the Jupiter. Regarding refinement, it is right at the top of the game, with the refinement levels now being even more impressive than the scooters from Honda.

The scooter has been priced at ₹ 51057 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

VERDICT

The Honda Aviator was nothing short of a revolution when it was launched for the first time in India. The scooter did bring a lot of factors which were considered the deal sealers in its favour. However, over the past few years, it has lost a bit of its sheen and badly needed a facelift to bring back the required zing. Sadly, the minimal updates Honda has given to the Aviator haven’t done much to raise the appeal of the scooter.

Though the fact that the Aviator remains a sophisticated scooter to look at minimises this disappointment. Add in the fabulous 109.2cc trustworthy engine and the excellent suspension, wheels and brakes, and the Aviator is one brilliant and premium product one simply can’t ignore. The scooter remains at the top of the tree of 110cc scooters when it comes to pricing. But given its premium appeal, there is hardly any scooter in the Indian market which can match the panache and persona of Aviator.

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