- Published On: 16 November 2017
- 3 min read
Honda’s second 125 scooter is a premium offering and is a well-rounded scooter to own.
What Is It?
The New Grazia is a contemporary and pleasantly European-styled scooter and it is Honda’s second offering in the 125 segment, after the Activa 125. With the Grazia, Honda has attempted to put together a scooter that’s as durable as the Activa 125, has the appeal of the Vespa and is sporty, like the SR150.
The Grazia comes with a host of features including an LED headlight (a scooter-segment first) and a compact ‘glovebox’ in the apron, that can hold your mobile phone and a wallet. This area also has a slot for a 12v charging socket, which is an optional extra for ₹500. The instruments are completely digital and feature a three-step eco speed indicator and a tachometer (again, a segment first).
Honda’s Combi-Brake System (CBS) is standard across all variants, as expected and the scooter is fitted with MRF Zapper tyres (90/90-12 front, 90/100-10 rear). The tyres are tubeless and only the base variant gets Ceat rubber (tubeless) on pressed-steel wheels.
How Does it Ride?
The scooter’s 124.9cc engine makes 8.5hp, which is fair for this segment. The Grazia accelerates smoothly even with a heavier rider on board. The three-step eco speed indicator is a useful addition and it rests on top of the instrument cluster. The three-bar indicator lights up fully when the engine is at its efficient best, which recedes as you go faster. The Grazia feels particularly in its element between 40 and 75kph, and you even feel confident on it despite pushing it to its limit.
Also, you can brake hard with confidence, credit also goes to the MRF Zappers, and the CBS-equipped braking system. There are a few drawbacks. The cubbyhole to keep your phone should have been a lockable unit though and the underseat storage, while big enough, isn’t enough to accommodate a large-sized full-face helmet. The seat isn’t ideal for bigger riders either, you tend to sit on the mild hump that demarcates the rider’s space from the pillion’s.
Should I Buy One?
Overall though, the Grazia is as well rounded as a 125cc scooter can get. Priced at ₹59,516 (Standard) and ₹63,888 (Deluxe, ex-showroom, Mumbai), Honda looks to have achieved what it set out to. This is well-finished scooter that’s cool, contemporary, well-equipped and great to ride.