Syakar Trading Company, the sole distributor of Honda, has recently launched the BS6 (BSVI) version of their most successful 125cc scooter, Grazia in Nepal. The Grazia was first launched in 2018, and it is the only other 125cc scooter after Activa 125 from Honda.
BS (Bharat Stage) are emission standards instructed by the Government of India to regulate the output of air pollutants from compression ignition engines and spark ignition engine equipment, including motor vehicles. After GoI’s announcement to adopt BS6 norms by April 1, 2020, manufacturers started to put out vehicles that are compliant. Grazia is the fourth BS6 scooter in Honda’s lineup. However, in the context of Nepal, it is the first BS6-compliant scooter from Honda. The BS6 updated scooter is priced at Rs 269,900 for STD variant and Rs 289,900 for the DLX.
The updated Grazia gets some cosmetic changes and a host of added features. Mainly, Grazia gets a new 125cc BS6 engine, shared with the BS6 Activa 125 , and comes in new exciting colours.
We tested the newly launched Honda Grazia BS6 model, so let’s see what the updated scooter has to offer.
LOOKS AND FEATURES
At first glance, the BS6 Grazia looks quite sporty compared to its predecessor. The striking matt-yellow paint job on the scooter is an eye grabber. The updated scooter features an all-new sportier bodywork with sharper LED headlamps and a new split tail-lamp inspired from a Jet. Adding to the sporty stance of the scooter, Honda has also given a unit of LED DRL on the slightly redesigned handlebar cowl. From the side, the BS6 Grazia looks very similar to the BS4 version. The scooter also stands a bit taller adding 16mm of ground clearance. Talking about the wheels, it gets the same 12-inch front and 10-inch rear steel wheels whereas the DLX variant rolls on blacked-out alloy wheels.
Grazia BS6 gets a host of new features like engine start/kill switch, idle stop system and silent start system. You can also fit the scooter with an optional USB charger inside the apron compartment. The instrument cluster on the Grazia BS6 has also been tweaked to read out additional information like RPM, average speed, range with remaining fuel and real-time fuel efficiency. The BS6 Grazia also gets a side stand indicator with engine cut off function. The scooter finally gets external fuel filler making it quite convenient to refuel.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
The new fuel-injected 124cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine on the BS6 Grazia has been derived from the Activa 125 BS6. The 125cc engine pumps out a maximum power of 8.13 hp at 6000rpm and 10.3Nm of torque at 5000rpm. The new 125cc engine feels extremely refined with very less vibrations. The butter smooth engine makes riding the scooter fun and effortless. The engine lacks a bit of torque, as a result the scooter doesn’t feel as peppy as the BS4 Grazia. However, the power delivery is very linear and is more than adequate for city commuting. The power kicks in at around 2000 to 3000rpm and you can take the scooter upto 80 kmph without any hassle. Talking about the mileage, we were averaging over 45 kmpl even in city conditions. The ideal stop system on the DLX variant may also help to improve the fuel economy. Brakes on the BS6 version remain unchanged providing enough grasp to bring the scooter to halt. The Standard variant gets a 130mm drum on both ends whereas the Deluxe version comes with a 190mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum.
COMFORT AND HANDLING
The best thing about the Grazia BS6 is its handling. You can easily manoeuvre around the city traffic or cut through a corner with confidence, thanks to the light weight characteristic of the scooter. Despite being a lightweight machine, the scooter feels well planted even while cruising at high speed. You can feel quite comfortable while riding the scooter as the seating position on the scooter is upright and the seat itself is well cushioned. Adding to the comfort is the softer suspension setup which soaks up the potholes pretty well. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic front forks and a 3-step preload-adjustable single rear shock absorber. It does a really good job as a city commuter and you can also take the scooter for occasional long journeys without any wrist or back pain.
Experience with the updated Grazia was really good as it’s a premium offering from Honda’s scooter line up. The sharper design elements on the BS6 model look more appealing and the newly added features makes the scooter more convenient. If you are in the market to buy a comfortable, good looking and feature loaded scooter, then you should consider getting the BS6.