Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks all the right boxes.

With its ‘Dream’ range of 110cc commuters, Honda has tried everything to dethrone the likes of Splendor and Passion from Hero MotoCorp in the segment of entry-level premium 100-110cc commuters. The range, which made its debut with the premium 110cc commuter Dream Yuga, went off with a flying start with excellent sales, surpassing other rivals, but not the Splendor. Sooner than later, Honda realised that only Dream Yuga is not enough to fulfil its aspiration of becoming the segment leader, a segment which churns out the maximum number of sales for every manufacturer in the country offering in this category. Thus, the more economic in comparison Dream Neo came into the picture.

In comparison to the more stylish Dream Yuga, the Dream Neo was more basic and utilitarian, which was designed keeping in mind the audience of Tier II and Tier III cities. But since the growth rate of these cities is also on a higher side, the Dream Neo soon began to seem a bit pale and expensive for what it offered, considering that the rivals offered more.

Hence Honda, to make the Dream Neo a bit more serious player, gave the motorcycle a mild update, both cosmetically and mechanically, which has made the motorcycle much more appealing than before. So let’s have a look on the all new Dream Neo:-

  • 2017 Honda Dream Neo
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • MPG(Cty):
    174.1
  • MPG(Hwy):
    174.1
  • Displacement:
    109.19 cc
  • Top Speed:
    65 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 50087
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

STYLING

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2015 Honda Dream Neo 2017 Honda Dream Neo

The Honda Dream Neo was never a head turner, but by no aspect was it poorly designed. The overall silhouette of the motorcycle was contemporary and in line with the ‘simple and mature’ design philosophy that Honda’s other commuter motorcycles carry. Now, with this update, Honda has just tried to make the motorcycle more youthful than the boredom appeal of the erstwhile version.

At the front, the new Dream Neo retains the same layout with a small angular trapezoidal headlamp surrounded by a proportional bikini fairing. Like the last update, the fairing comes with mild graphics on sides, though a bit different this time making the front face look a bit sportier than before.

Moving sideways, the original silhouette and shape of the body panels of the Dream Neo remain unchanged. The fuel tank, side body cowls and even the rear side body panels now come with bigger and snazzier graphics, which should now appeal the youth audience as well. However, this time around, the side body cowls have been redesigned, which now hides small lockable storage compartments within them, thus adding the factor of utility to the motorcycle. The fuel tank is also now adorned with a chrome 3D logo of Honda, like that on the more premium commuters from Honda.

2017 Honda Dream Neo
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Honda also has given the motorcycle a new seat, which it claims to be longer than before, thus raising its utility. Apart from these aspects, the new Dream Neo also comes with sportier rear view mirrors shared with more premium commuters like Livo and CB Shine SP, as well as a more functional steel carrier, the latter of which is provided as optional equipment. Like in the previous update, the engine, as well as alloy wheels, still come finished in black, and the ‘Honda’ logo embossed on the engine is written in red, as introduced in the past update. Though, this time, the alloy wheels are six-spoke units.

The muffler protector on this version is now finished in chrome, unlike the black one on the last version, which surely amplifies the premium feel of the motorcycle. There are no substantial changes at the rear, as the trapezoidal small tail lamp has been kept intact from the outgoing model. Also, there is a new factory fitted saree guard which looks inspired with that of the premium 150cc Honda offering, CB Unicorn 160. The unit looks functional yet sporty.

The instrument console too has been unchanged, which is boring but functional, to say the least. The twin pod layout for the console comprises of the analogue speedometer and odometer in the left part and fuel gauge and basic telltale lamps in the right part. As the norm says, the new Dream Neo comes with the auto headlamp on (AHO) as standard. There is no fault with the overall build quality and fit and finish of the body parts and mechanical components of the Dream Neo, which still continues to be the best in class.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Honda Dream Neo 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 Dream Neo Exterior
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At the heart of the Dream Neo is the same refined and punchy single cylinder, air cooled, 109.2cc engine which has been powering the other 110cc motorcycles of Honda. However, the engine this time is BS-IV compliant, and thanks to minor changes done to the engine, the performance has bumped up too, which is now rated at 8.3 bhp of power and 9.09 Nm of maximum torque, thus slightly more torquey than before. The engine is still coupled to the same old 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. However, the power delivery is smoother and linear, and torquey than before if not by a huge margin, with absolutely no harshness below the red line. This trait makes the Dream Neo one easy to ride, everyday motorcycle. The engine comes with 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 Dream Neo is a frugal machine with an overall fuel efficiency of 74 kmpl.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Honda Dream Neo 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 Dream Neo Exterior
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The motorcycle is equipped with all the essential mechanicals of this segment, which includes a suspension setup of telescopic hydraulic forks at front and adjustable coil springs at the rear, as well as 130 mm drum brakes at both ends. All of which provide a decent feedback in ride quality as well as braking duties respectively, indicating that there have been no changes in this department than before.

At 109 kg, the Dream Neo is a very light-weighted motorcycle which aids in its already nice ride and handling characteristics. Honda has raised the ground clearance of the motorcycle, which now stands at 179mm, thus giving the rider more confidence and stability over rough patches of roads. With regards to the seating position, the long and cushiony seats give a plusher ride feel with the handlebar and footpeg positions at a neutral level.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Honda Dream Neo 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 47P 80/100-47P 2.75-17
Tyres / Rear 80/100-18 51P 80/100-54P 3.00 x 17

PRICE

2017 Honda Dream Neo
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The Dream Neo is the second most affordable motorcycle in the lineup of Honda in India, positioned above the CD 110 Dream DX. Unlike the previous version, which was available in in only one variant, the new Dream Neo comes in two different variants – sans rear carrier and with the carrier, with the prices being ₹ 50087 and, ₹ 50379 respectively.

Both the variants come with alloy wheels and self-starter as standard. The motorcycle is now coming in four different paint schemes – Black with Blue Graphics, Black with Red Graphics, Geny Grey Metallic and Imperial Red Metallic.

COMPETITION

The Dream Neo persists in one segment which secures the most of the sales charts for all the manufacturers. The Dream Neo 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.

VEDICT

2017 Honda Dream Neo
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The previous versions of the Dream Neo may have been one monotonous looking motorcycle, but with this new update, Honda has made sure that the Dream Neo should get a second glance. The visual updates are indeed more eye pleasing, though some details like tubular grab rail, steel carrier and pared down switchgear do mar the overall show of the otherwise youthful update with new graphics and chrome additions.

However, the additional features which are focused towards increasing the utility of the motorcycle earn brownie points for the Dream Neo, which is basically targeted towards small towns and rural markets. The engine is as refined and fuel efficient as before, with no faults and complaints from Honda on this front. The ride quality is decent for a bike of this demeanour, which is destined to be used mostly within the city peripherals.

Overall, the Dream Neo stays true to its purpose of an excellent town flicker, and with this new update, it has made sure that it has become a smarter individual to withstand the competition in terms of visual appeal.

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