Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks most of the right boxes

After achieving humongous success with its range of 110cc scooters, especially the flag carrier Activa, Honda tried to make it large and replicate the same amount of success in the entry-level 110cc category of commuters. With this intention, the Japanese manufacturer launched a series of motorcycles under the ‘Dream’ nameplate, with the Dream Yuga being the first model to initiate the things.

Though the Dream Yuga and Dream Neo started churning out decent volumes from day one, they were still not enough to pip out the segment leader Hero in terms of volumes, with the latter leading the segment with its range of Splendors, Passion and CD Deluxe. Honda realised that it needed one more basic entry level model to multiply its volumes, as a result of which the CD 110 Dream was added to the range.

To start with, the CD 110 Dream was introduced as a bare bones model which was too utilitarian for the way it was presented. To freshen up its appeal, Honda recently gave a midlife facelift to the motorcycle, which has seen the addition of a couple of new features and a minor revision in overall performance. Let’s find out what all changes Honda carried out for the new CD 110 Dream, which is now termed as CD 110 Dream DX:-

  • 2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • MPG(Cty):
    174.1
  • MPG(Hwy):
    174.1
  • Displacement:
    109.19 cc
  • Top Speed:
    65 mph
  • Price:
    INR 45002
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8/10

STYLING

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX Exterior
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At first glance, the new CD 110 Dream DX is more or less the same motorcycle as before, with very few changes and additions barely being noticed at first. It needs a very keen eye to make out the changes the new version has received, and honestly, it is a bit of a disappointment.

The front bikini fairing sourced from the Dream Neo continues to be the same as it was before, devoid of any graphics and sporting the same trapezoidal headlamp as before. The rear view mirrors are all new, which have been shared with the slightly more premium motorcycles like CB Shine SP and CB Hornet 160R.

Borrowed from the Dream Neo, the fuel tank is the same unit, with very slight changes in the stripe-shaped graphics that are barely noticeable. The new colour options added to the portfolio add some additional zing to the visual appeal of the model. However, the most noticeable design change happens to be the new body decals on the side body cowls along with ‘DX’ branding, which erstwhile were devoid of any graphics. Also, the side body cowls now have a small storage compartment with lock and key mechanism within them, which adds to the utility of the motorcycle.

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX
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Unlike before, to make the motorcycle feel a bit more premium, the engine and alloy wheels now come finished in black colour, with the engine having a red coloured logo of Honda, similar to the ones on the other premium motorcycles from Honda. The very basic looking tail lamp and tubular grab rail are shared from the Dream Neo. However, the new CD 110 Dream DX now comes with an optional rear carrier in place of the simple tubular grab rail. The more eye pleasing saree guard from the bigger Honda commuters has now found a place on the CD 110 Dream DX as well.

The monotonous twin-pod instrument console, with analogue dials for speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge has the same layout as before, with very slight changes to the background for both the dials. The switchgear too is same as before, with the most important addition of a self-starter button on the new model.

Overall, the CD 110 Dream DX is not so new, but the minor changes it received does make the motorcycle feel ’not so purely basic’ as before, and at the same time, has enhanced the utility of the motorcycle.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX Hero Splendor iSmart 110 TVS Victor
Length 2043mm 2015mm 1980mm
Width 737mm 770mm 750mm
Height 1084mm 1055mm 1090mm
Wheelbase 1285mm 1245mm 1260mm
Ground Clearance 179mm 165mm 175mm
Seat height 785mm 790mm 780mm
Wet weight 109kg 115kg 113kg
Fuel tank 8L 8.5L 8L

POWERTRAIN

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX
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Honda has played it safe here by retaining its tried and tested four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 109.2cc engine, which debuted for the first time on the CB Twister, and since then, is being used for every 110cc motorcycle from Honda.

However, this time around, the engine is compliant to BS-IV emission norms, which has been achieved due to minor re-tuning job. This has altered the performance out of the engine as well, with the engine now putting out 8 bhp of power and 9.09 Nm of maximum torque – almost 0.5 Nm more than before. Like before, it is coupled to a slick 4-speed gearbox.

Considering its commuter genes, the engine has a generous availability of torque in the low and mid parts of the rev range, which has only been bettered out with this new revamped version. The power delivery is smooth and linear, with absolutely no harshness below the red line. This trait makes the CD 110 Dream DX one easy to ride everyday motorcycle.

The engine now comes with an improved version of the Honda Eco Technology (HET), which aims at providing an improved power delivery and fuel efficiency in all riding cycles. Because of this technological prowess, the CD 110 Dream DX is a frugal machine with an overall fuel efficiency of 76 kmpl, a couple of kmpl more than before.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX Hero Splendor iSmart 110 TVS Victor
Capacity cc 109.19 109.15 109.7
Output 8.3 bhp @ 7500 rpm 9.3 bhp @ 7500 rpm 9.46 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque 9.09 Nm @ 5000 rpm 9 Nm @ 5500 rpm 9.4 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Type Air Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine Air Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder , OHC Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 2 valve, Air cooled
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 4-speed 4-speed 4-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX Exterior
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As before, the new CD 110 Dream DX continues to be equipped with a suspension setup of telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and adjustable coil springs at the rear. 130 mm drum brakes at both ends provide a decent feedback in ride quality as well as braking duties respectively. The suspension, though basic, is designed perfectly for the Indian conditions, due to which the CD 110 Dream DX feel satisfactorily on all the riding conditions.

At 109 kg, the CD Dream DX is a very light-weighted motorcycle, which aids in its already nice ride and handling characteristics. The new 6-spoke black alloy wheels are offered as standard, with tubeless tyres on both the ends, which provide decent feedback and grip.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX Hero Splendor iSmart 110 TVS Victor
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers Telescopic oil damped front suspension
Suspension / Rear Spring loaded hydraulic Swing Arm with Adjustable Hydraulic Shock Absorbers 5 step adjustable hydraulic series spring suspension
Brakes / Front 130 mm Drum 130 mm Drum 240mm disc
Brakes / Rear 130 mm Drum 110 mm Drum 130 mm Drum
Tyres / Front 80/100-18 80/100-47P 2.75-17
Tyres / Rear 80/100-18 80/100-54P 3.00 x 17

PRICE

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX
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As per Honda’s new plans, the new CD 110 Dream DX will be available in two versions – one with steel carrier and one without it. Among these two versions too, each of them will have two variants again – one with self-starter and one without it.

With alloy wheels being offered as standard, the sans-steel carrier variant is priced at ₹ 45002 for the kick start variant and ₹ 47202 for the self-starter variant, while the one with the steel carrier starter will set you back by ₹ 45990 for the kick starter variant and ₹ 47494 for the self-starter variant.All prices are ex-showroom.

All the variants of the new CD 110 Dream DX are available in four colour options – Black with Red Graphics, Black with Green Graphics, Black with Grey Graphics and Black with Blue Graphics.

COMPETITON

The CD 100 Dream persists in one segment which secures the most of the sales charts for all the manufacturers. The Dream was launched by Honda to cannibalise the sales of its erstwhile partner Hero in this very segment of 100-110cc commuters, in its favour. The most direct competitor to Honda Dream Neo is the legendary Hero Splendor iSmart 110. Then there comes the TVS revivor, the Victor.

Hero Splendor iSmart 110

2017 Honda Dream Neo Competing vehicle
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Hero Motocorp which happens to be India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer has shifted all their focus to providing fuel efficient commuters which meet the need of everyday Indian customer who looks for a motorcycle which could provide them with enough comfort while also being powerful enough at the same time. The Hero Splendor has almost received a legendary status in India. Many other Indian motorcycle manufacturers too tried to compete with the Splendor but failed miserably. The Splendor still enjoys the cult status and is one of the key pillars of success for Hero Motocorp. The Splendor iSmart 110 is the latest iteration of that brand.

The new Hero Splendor iSmart definitely looks simple and practical, but it has everything to impress those who are looking for a light and practical motorcycle which they use for their daily commute.The new Splendor iSmart 110 promises to provide an impressive amount of performance from its BS IV compliant 110cc TOD (Torque on Demand) engine. The air-cooled, single cylinder newly developed 4 stroke engine produces about 9 bhp of peak power at 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 4-speed gearbox.

The new Hero Motocorp iSmart is available for sale across all India and is priced at ₹ 53300 (Ex-showroom Delhi) and is available with four new colour schemes – Silver & Black, Red & Black, Blue & Black and Sports Red.

TVS Victor

2017 Honda Dream Neo Competing vehicle
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If there was one motorcycle which revived the fortunes of TVS as a motorcycle manufacturer post the split from Suzuki, it was the Victor. With the Victor, TVS created new benchmarks and sales records, as this executive commuter from TVS turned out to be an overnight success, thus paving the path for manufacturer’s forthcoming projects. After a long pause of almost ten years, TVS has finally resurrected the ‘Victor’ name from the ashes, by launching an all new executive 110cc commuter from the same name.

When it comes to looks, the old Victors were nothing but bland and uninspiring. Though, the new Victor is leaps beyond the old model in terms of overall design. Compared to the sans-curves and sans-creases design of the previous generation Victor, the new Victor has a strikingly sharp design, which is instantly recognisable and is in line with the design language of the rest of TVS’ motorcycles.

Creating new benchmarks in performance figures, the four stroke, three valves, air-cooled, 109.7cc engine creates 9.2 bhp of power and 9.4 Nm of torque. These performance figures do make the TVS Victor the best in class motorcycle in terms of performance and are actually in the territory of 125cc motorcycles.

TVS has always managed to create stupendous value for money packages, by offering excellent packages at most affordable prices when compared to the competition. Staying in line with its previous launches, TVS has priced the Victor very competitively at ₹ 49490 for the drum brake variant and ₹ 51490 for the disc brake variant.

VERDICT

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX
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With bringing in these few minor changes, Honda though has managed to bring the CD 110 Dream DX back into the limelight, but we feel that these changes are not enough to give a serious threat to its competitors. Though, it is good that Honda has retained the core strengths of the motorcycle - a reliable, no-nonsense motorcycle which is high on fuel efficiency and comfort for daily commutes and low on maintenance.

The additional feature which the new version is coming with surely adds in the factor of utility to the motorcycle, which surely will give this motorcycle an advantage in Tier-II and Tier-III cities that are the target markets for this motorcycle.

The CD 110 Dream DX was introduced as a basic motorcycle – if you do want a more stylish entry level commuter from Honda, you do have the Dream Yuga or Livo for that matter. Overall, we do wish that the overall sales of Honda only increases with the new CD 110 Dream DX.

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