Honda Vision Scooter Review

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Honda Vision Scooter Review

Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:32

Honda Vision Scooter

Honda’s new 110cc scooter, the Vision is aptly named, because we think Honda have the same vision of the future as many of us. With continuingly spiralling petrol prices they see many, more people turning to low cost scooters for their basic transport needs.

Indeed that future vision is becoming a reality in the UK today, the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA ) recently reported in January 2011 “there is a growing interest in the use of bikes for commuting and as the industry’s Get On campaign is taking effect there is an upwards trend in smaller machines with lower capacity bikes (up to 125cc) gaining a 10.4% increase in their market share. ‘Scooters’ also had a 9.3% increase in their market share.”

Honda has an unenviable record in producing scooters with their famous Super Cub scooters having sold over 60 million units world-wide since 1958.

However since the 1950’s scooter technology has moved on somewhat and Honda’s new Vision scooter exploits the latest technological advancements to claim an amazing fuel economy figure of 140 MPG (50.2km/l) from it’s air cooled 110cc four stroke engine.

This engine has Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection and electric start and to bring the scooter to a controlled stop is fitted with Honda’s Combined Braking System (CBS), which links both the front and rear brakes.

Under seat storage

Scooters are very much about practicality as well as fun and Honda have endowed this scooter with fairly generous under-seat storage space with the addition of helmet holders on both sides of the under-seat compartment, to allow for the storage area to be used solely for luggage or shopping.

In addition in the front leg shield includes two open compartments which can be used for holding drink bottles.

We got the opportunity to test Honda’s new scooter over a 160 mile round trip covering A roads, dual carriageways, B roads and it’s natural environment town roads and were therefore able to test the scooter in a wide variety of circumstances.

Firstly the scooter has a surprising amount of rider leg room, our road tester is in fact 6ft 3” tall and was able to sit aboard this scooter with room to spare, thanks to its flat inner floor and fairly long wheelbase (1255mm).

The suspension which consists of telescopic forks with hydraulic damping and a compact offset damper at the rear provides for the most part a smooth ride, but we did find the set up a little on the firm side. However this did benefit the handling which proved to be light and very responsive. Nipping in out of town traffic proved a delight and safe filtering through town centre traffic congestion was easy.

For the most part the dual seat offered spacious comfort, but we found the padding a little lacking towards the end of our 160 mile trip, but as the Vision will in the main be used for shorter distance journeys the seat is more than sufficient.

The Vision only weighs 102.1 kg (kerb weight) and therefore should be very easy for riders young and old to handle. We found its lightweight aiding considerably in its low speed manoeuvrability and the ease with which it can be lifted on and off the centre stand. For added convenience the Vision also has side stand which was even easier to use when parking up.

In town the performance can best be described as nippy and therefore it makes ideal commuter transport. On the open road the scooters top speed lies somewhere between 50 to 60mph depending on road conditions, head wind and riders weight. As such in most circumstances the scooter can keep pace with traffic on A, B C roads, it may however be a little lacking on faster roads.

The scooter produces 5.97kW of power but the twist and go fully automatic transmission makes the best use of the available power in most circumstances.

This scooter is very much about ease of use and the light twist and go throttle and the combined brakes make riding the scooter easy, which will obviously suit novice riders. We found the brakes nicely progressive rather than overly sharp (as on many small scooters) reducing the likelyhood of an inexperienced rider overbraking.

Honda Vision instrumentation

Instrumentaion is basic but clear, the analogue speedo being easy to read and the petrol gauge a useful addition.


Riding the Honda Vision

Whilst primarly designed for commuting the Vision scooter is well able to undertake longer journeys as we found on our 160 mile round trip to the seaside at Skegness and therefore opens up the possibility of using the scooter for pleasure and fun trips and not just commuting. With its 5.5 litre tank 150 miles plus range is available between fill ups and therefore touring distances can be covered.

The scooter is fitted with an rear rack, so you could well strap an overnight bag to the rack.

Low cost of ownership we think will be of paramount importance for the target market for this scooter and with an on the road price of just £1800, we think the Vision scooter will be a compelling proposition. We achieved a real world fuel economy figure of 121mph, but we rode the scooter hard all day on test, we feel Honda’s claimed figure of 140mpg will be a more realistic figure for daily commuting.

A service is required every 2,500 miles but this is only for 1 hours labour plus materials; so overall the Vision should be very cheap to run, especially when it’s backed by Honda’s legendary build quality.

Honda supply an extensive range of additional accessories for the Vision to further enhance its practicality and use these include an alarm kit, a U-lock, top box, top box inner bag, high windscreen, knuckle visor set and scooter blanket. The scooter will be available in a range of colours which include Pearl Procyon Black, Boss Grey Metallic, Pearl White, Candy Lucid Red and Candy Aluja Blue.

Honda clearly hopes many will have the vision to buy their new scooter and for those that do it makes for an appealing and cost effective transport solution.

Honda Vision scooters in the range of colours available

Note all performance figures, weights and technical specifications are as claimed by the manufacturer

Specifications

New price *: £1,800

Engine: Single cylinder 4-stroke

Engine Size: 108 cm³

Power: 5.97kW / 8000min-1 (95/1/EC)

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