Honda launches its lowest priced motorcycle the Dream Yuga in India..
"Ek naya Dream, Ek naya Yug" that's the tag line of the recently launched Dream Yuga (ok so "Yuga" is supposed to mean "Yug").
This particular 110 cc motorcycle is a very important India specific model for Honda. So far Honda has managed to notch up impressive sales numbers because of the success (nearly monopoly) of it's automatic scooters (headed by the Activa). Although motorcycle models like the Unicorn, Shine etc. has been around for quite sometime, the contribution of motorcycles in overall 2 wheeler volumes for Honda in India has been modest.
Dream Yuga is the only motorcyle in the current Honda lineup not to have that "CB" branding..!!
With the Dream Yuga, Honda hopes to make an impact in the belly of the market (100-110 cc motorcycles). The Dream Yuga looks quite decent in the photos. Styling in a way reminds of the 125 cc Shine. The engine has been borrowed from Honda's Twister. I was quite impressed with the 110 cc Twister's engine so am expecting the Dream Yuga to perform flawlessly in the engine dept.
Features: In terms of features there is not much to talk about. But Honda has to be applauded for giving "Tubeless Tyres" on the alloy wheeled variants. Interestingly among the current Honda motorcycle models only the CB Unicron remains with Tubed tyres (which I am sure will be also put very soon).
The Dream Yuga also gets a "Paper Air Filter", another common feature among current Honda India motorcycles.
Price: Honda has a tendeny to price its models at a premium (at least at launch). The Dream Yuga too is priced slighly higher than what is available in the market. The top variant of the Dream Yuga is costiler than a Hero Passion Pro with similar features. Also the entry level Discover 100 (with elect. start, alloy wheels and 4 gears) is priced lower (Rs.43,000 ex-showroom Delhi) than the cheapest variant of the Dream Yuga.
Dream Yuga Price: (Ex-showroom Delhi as on May 15, 2012)
Kickstart/drum brakes/spoke - Rs. 44,642
Kickstart/drum brakes/alloy wheels - Rs. 46,134
Self start/drum brakes/alloy wheels - Rs. 48,125
By the way Honda has roped in Bollywood Star Akshay Kumar as its brand ambassador.
Will the Dream Yuga stand out among the current offerings and appeal to the masses?
What do you think?
Honda Dream Yuga Specifications
Type: Air cooled, four stroke, single cylinder
Displacement: 109 cc
Bore X stroke: 50 mm x 55.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.0: 1
Max Power: 8.63 Ps @ 7,500 rpm
Max. Torque: 8.91 Nm @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel System: Carburetor
Starting System: Self/Kick
Lubrication: Forced and wet pump
Air Filter: Viscous paper filter
Gears: 4 speed, constant mesh
Gear Shift Pattern: All back (in 1-2-3-4)
Final Transmission: Chain Drive
Clutch Type: Multiplate clutch type
Kerb Weight: 108 kg
Length x Width x Height: 2,022 mm x 733 mm x 1,095 mm
Wheel Base: 1,285 mm
Ground Clearance: 161 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.0 liters
Frame Type: Diamond Type (Single downtube with the engine as a stressed member)
Suspension Front: Telescopic Fork
Tyre - Front: 80/100- 18 47P (Tubeless on alloy wheeled variants)
Tyre- Rear: 80/100- 18 54P (Tubeless on alloy wheeled variants)
Brake Front: 130 mm Drum
Brake Rear: 130 mm Drum
Battery: 12V 2.5 AH
Head Lamp: 12V, 35/35W
Honda Dream Yuga: Colors
- Ride Review: Honda CB Twister [Mar 2010]
- Suzuki Hayate launched [May 2012]
- Ride Review: Bajaj Discover 100 [Jan 2011]
- Ride Review: Hero Passion Pro [Nov 2010]
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