Honda Livo 110 India review : Prudent Panache

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The Indian two wheeler industry may have witnessed the launch of numerous new performance motorcycles of late, but the business is still defined by the fuel efficient commuter motorcycles for the economy conscious junta. The extremely fierce 100-110cc segment is crowded with many offerings from various manufacturers. Similar engines are being used across various models that differ based on the tastes of an evolved target consumer who demands a more stylish approach towards commuting while enjoying the benefits of a frugal workhorse.

Honda Livo front view(45)

The Honda Livo is one such offering that targets this very category of buyers that wants to straddle the value and image proposition. We find out if the new Honda makes a case case for itself in the crowded segment it represents. So here its, our detailed India review of the Honda Livo 110.

Styling, features and build quality

The biggest USP of the new Honda Livo 110 is its styling. One look and it’s easy to confuse the new Honda with a 125 or even a 150cc motorcycle. The perception changes, though as you shift your focus to the skinny rear tyre. The styling looks fresh for the segment with a more angular design lending a sporty image to the Honda Livo. Let’s cover the styling and features in detail with some support from images:

Honda Livo headlight (29)

• The two tone bikini fairing sets the tone for the overall aggressive styling of the Livo. The Livo shows off its angry face with faux air scoops on either sides of the multi reflector headlamp while the wind screen integrates itself between sharp slashes of the bikini fairing.

Honda Livo mirrors (1)

• Body coloured mirrors for that added dash of style

Honda Livo fuel tank (22)

• The 8.5 litre tank looks much bigger than the capacity – thanks to a muscular design

Honda Livo closeup (42)

• Fuel tank extensions with a 3D emblem impart the Livo with an aggressive front look

Honda Livo Side panels

• The side panels finished in black plastic continue the angular design theme with sharp cuts and creases and neatly integrate into the rear panel. Detaching and fixing the panel needs some learning though.

Honda Livo rear view (44)

• The rear panel reminds us of the Hero Honda Ambition 135, nonetheless, retains the overall beefy styling of the Livo 110 at the far end.

Honda Livo dashboard (54)

• The dashboard with analogue readouts looks relatively modern comprising of the speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and tell tale indicators.

Honda Livo front suspension (21)

• Conventional front telescopic suspension has been tuned towards softness and swallows minor to medium undulations with ease.

Honda Livo rear suspension (36)

• Twin shock absorbers at the rear have been set to moderate stiffness for added weight of the co-rider.

Honda Livo alloy wheels (38)

• Single 240mm disc at the front offers adequate stopping ability for the performance on offer

Honda Livo drum brake (37)

• 130mm drum brake at the rear offers enough hold to complement the front brake

Honda Livo alloy wheels (31)

• Six spoke alloy wheels come shod with tubeless Ceat Zoom Plus tyres that offer decent grip in dry and wet conditions

Honda Livo storage (15)

• The storage compartment can squeeze in vehicles documents, a first aid and tool kit.

Honda Livo exhaust (30)

• The blacked out exhausts looks similar to the one on the Twister but with lengthier dimensions

Honda Livo headlight beam

• The multi-reflector headlight offers good low beam spread but average high beam illumination

Honda Livo tail lamp (52)

• A large multi-reflector tail light offers adequate brightness to let the trailing traffic know when you brake.

Honda Livo seat (5)

• The seat is broad and well cushioned for a comfortable ride for both rider and pillion

Honda Livo (25)

• A plastic chain cover guards the drive chain

Honda Livo switchgear (8)

• Switchgear is constructed of good quality plastics and (thankfully) comes with a pass switch. It takes time getting used to as it’s placed higher than ideal.

Honda Livo handle grips (2)

• Handlebar grips are soft and offer a comfortable grab

Honda Livo side view (34)

Build quality on the Honda Livo is similar to other offerings in Honda’s lineup and buyers shouldn’t be complaining of any rough edges on the motorcycle. The plastics merge into each other with clean lines and there are no signs of squeaks and rattles while riding over undulations or at high speeds.

Engine and performance

Honda Livo engine & gearbox (26)

The Honda Livo uses the same motor as utilized by the Twister albeit with Honda’s Eco Technology (HET) in a marginally detuned state for better rideability. This is evident from the numbers – it produces the maximum power and torque at 500 revs less in comparison to the Twister. Power and torque figures read 8.2 bhp @ 7500 rpm and 8.63 nm @ 5500 rpm respectively.

The engine feels grunty and surprisingly noisy if we have to recollect our past experiences of riding the commuter offerings from Honda. But never does the noise translate into harshness at the pegs or handlebars even while pushed to the limit. The four speed all-up gearbox is smooth with gear ratios packed in close proximity for dealing with the everyday traffic chores.

First gear is extremely short with the second placed slightly wider with third and fourth gear again placed closer to each other. This is evident while riding up inclines with a pillion on board where the second gear needs higher revs to pull confidently. Though we managed to achieve a top speed of 102 kph, the Honda Livo 110 feels best when ridden at everyday speeds between 40-60 kph. Getting close or over the 60 kph mark and the engine starts getting audible, which is very uncharacteristic of Honda. Overall the engine traits of the Honda Livo suit the everyday riding pattern best and works very well in a stop-go scenario.

Handling, ride quality and braking

Honda Livo cornering (13)

Handling is a USP of the Honda Livo. It’s certainly a far cry from a tearaway performance machine, but maintains amazing poise when pushed to the limit. It goes around corners even at top grunt with great confidence showing no signs of wobble or nervousness. The Ceat Zoom plus tyres at both ends offer surprisingly good grip. Peg scraping is easy and enormous fun on this one. It was fun diving into bends maintaining the straightline speeds where the everyday riders on bigger commuter motorcycles would slow down and we’d go around them with a wide grin on our faces, only to be overtaken later.

The Livo feels extremely agile and effortless when flicking and squeezing it through the slow moving traffic. The balance on the motorcycle is so good that we wished it had more power for spirited riding.

Ride quality on the Honda Livo feels plush with the well cushioned seat offering great comfort to the rider and pillion. the suspension soaks up moderately bad surfaces without much hint to the rider and even speed breakers of a vicious variety are easily dealt with. Its only when the undulations get sizeable where the front end, due to its soft setting emanates an audible thud. But overall, the suspension setup is near perfect for dealing with Indian road conditions.

Honda Livo front suspension (21)

Talking of brakes- the Honda Livo offers a 240mm single disc (optional) at the front complemented by a 130mm drum at the rear. The front setup is progressive, predictable and with a grippy set of tyres – offers ample feedback to the rider, making him aware of all the interactions between the rubber and the tarmac. The Livo sheds speed seamlessly and throws no surprises at the rider even under hard braking and we cannot praise the grip and brakes on this one highly enough.

Summing it up

Honda Livo side view (46)

The Honda Livo 110 as highlighted earlier is targeted towards the modern commuter who wants a true blend of style and value. The Livo is a frugal, no nonsense motorcycle with an added dash of modern styling and it succeeds in its objective of creating the right brew. We clocked over 300 km of riding (solo and two up) in all possible conditions and the fuel efficiency varied between 65 – 72 kpl, which falls short of Honda’s claim of 78 kpl, but it still is a fabulous figure.

The Honda Livo is comfortable, handles and brakes well- and overall ticks all the boxes that one looks for in a motorcycle in the given segment. We weren’t exactly thrilled by the refinement level on this one though. Another point the Livo lacks at is the price. At INR 65,253/- (Self-Disc-Alloy model) OTR Mumbai- not only is it more expensive than the competition, but not too far away from Honda’s very own best selling Shine, which is available at a premium of just INR 3000/- over the Livo. With that small a difference in price, the only big advantage it has over the 125cc machine is the fuel efficiency.

The Livo is meant very specifically for those who want the style and image of a bigger bike, with the economy and efficiency of an everyday commuter. For that audience, the Livo does make a lot of sense, as it is arguably the best looking motorcycle in its space.

HONDA LIVO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
TypeAir cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine
Displacement109.19cc
Max net power6.10 kW (8.2bhp)@7500 rpm
Max net torque8.63Nm @5500 rpm
Bore50.0mm
Stroke55.6mm
Compression ratio9.9:1
Air filter typeViscous paper filter^
Starting methodKick/self
TRANSMISSION
No of gears4
Gear patternN-1-2-3-4
Max speed (as tested- speedo indicated)102 Kmph
TYRES & BRAKES
Tyre size (front)80/100-18
Tyre size (Rear)80/100-18
Tyre type (front)Tubeless
Tyre type (rear)Tubeless
Brake type & size (front)Drum 130/Disc 240mm
Brake type & size (rear)Drum 130mm
FRAME & SUSPENSION
Frame typeDiamond
FrontTelescopic Fork
RearSpring loaded hydraulic
ELECTRICALS
Battery12V 3(MF)
Head lamp12V 35/35W
BODY DIMENSIONS
Length2020mm
Width746mm
Height1099mm
Wheel base1285mm
Ground clearance180mm
Kerb weight111 kg(Disc)
Fuel tank capacity8.5L

HONDA LIVO IMAGE GALLERY

Honda Livo headlight beam
Honda Livo Side panels
Honda Livo (25)
Honda Livo carburettor (20)
Honda Livo cornering (12)
Honda Livo cornering (13)
Honda Livo cornering (14)
Honda Livo engine & gearbox (26)
Honda Livo front suspension (21)
Honda Livo front tyre (23)
Honda Livo fuel tank (22)
Honda Livo fuel tank dashboard mirrors (19)
Honda Livo handle grips (2)
Honda Livo mirrors (1)
Honda Livo rear (18)
Honda Livo rear tyre (24)
Honda Livo rear view (17)
Honda Livo storage (15)
Honda Livo alloy wheels (31)
Honda Livo alloy wheels (38)
Honda Livo braking (47)
Honda Livo closeup (28)
Honda Livo closeup (42)
Honda Livo dashboard (54)
Honda Livo drum brake (37)
Honda Livo engine (32)
Honda Livo exhaust (30)
Honda Livo front view(45)
Honda Livo handling (48)
Honda Livo headlight (29)
Honda Livo headlight high beam (49)
Honda Livo headlight low beam (50)
Honda Livo rear suspension (3)
Honda Livo rear suspension (36)
Honda Livo rear view (44)
Honda Livo seat (5)
Honda Livo side view (34)
Honda Livo side view (46)
Honda Livo speedometer (51)
Honda Livo tail lamp (52)
Honda Livo tail light (53)
Honda Livo disc brake (56)
Honda Livo fuel knob (6)
Honda Livo indicator(7)
Honda Livo kick start (55)
Honda Livo refueler cap (9)
Honda Livo switchgear (8)
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