Commuters, they say, are the heart and soul of the Indian two-wheeler space. These commuters, after all, grasp sales numbers that other vehicles could only dream of. That, in fact, is the very reason for every – well, almost every – mainstream manufacturer’s presence in this segment.
The one you see here is Honda’s bet on this segment, and in doing so, it’s aggressively priced keeping the essentials in mind. The essentials being reliability, familiarity, low ownership costs, and exemplary fuel efficiency figures.
It also looks well designed while doing so. The design, of course, is not something to drool you over. Keeping in line with the segment standards, the Dream Neo is conservatively styled. Helping the cause is an angular headlamp, slender fuel tank, minimalistic graphics, and a well-proportioned tail. What also makes it look a bit more contemporary are the six-spoke alloy wheels, finished in black.
Powering the Honda Dream Neo is a single-cylinder 110cc BS-IV compliant engine that’s good for 8.25bhp and 8.63Nm of torque. The engine is air-cooled and comes mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. The engine uses HET (Honda Eco Technology) further aiding fuel efficiency. The engine has an easy to ride nature and a great low-end, making it easier to ride in the city. Being a Honda, the engine is incredibly refined as well.
Complementing the sleek and conservative style of the Dream Neo are some pretty standard dimensions and specifications for the segment. As for the numbers, the bike is 2,009mm in length, 737mm in width, and 1,074mm in height. Other than that, it boasts a seat height of 820mm, wheelbase of 1,258mm, and a ground clearance of 179mm. The kerb weight is a respectable 105kg.
Fuel tank capacity
The Honda Dream Neo has a fuel tank capacity of 8-litres. It might not sound much, but the 84km/l ARAI-certified mileage makes it a capable bike for long runs.
Complementing the soft and balanced ride setup of the Honda Dream Neo are telescopic forks at the front and a set of hydraulic rear shock absorbers. The bike sits on a single downtube tubular frame chassis. Moreover, it comes equipped with 80/100-18 tyres on both ends. Both the variants come with 130mm drums on both ends for braking, with a front disc not available even as an option.
From a segment standpoint, it’s hard to expect Honda to equip the Dream Neo with any fancy electronics or screens. Keeping that in mind, the Dream Neo comes equipped with conventional bulbs for the headlamp and taillamp. The instrument cluster is segregated in two analogue dials, one for the speedometer and the other for the fuel gauge. In terms of safety, though, CBS is standard across the range.
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