New Honda Dio : First Look

by Deepak on January 9, 2010

Honda Motorcycle Scooters in India suffered big losses due to the recent agitation of workers in their Gurgao plant. The good news is that after the mess, HMSI seems charged up and is raring to go. Recently Aviator was upgraded with the 109cc mill of the Activa and now comes the turn of probably the best looking (moto) scooter of the country: Honda Dio.

Honda has launched a new version of its scooter which is targeted majorly at the youth and the new scoot surely comes with a fresh appeal which is set to lure the urban crowd into buying one. Sad news for Dio followers is that the older 102cc engine has been retained. Why? we do not have an answer to it for you! Probably to prevent cannibalization of products, HMSI went (extra) cautious and did not touch the engine bit. This move might also be to prevent price increase (due to the new engine) and keep a potent product at the starting point of horizon.

However, what we do know are the following embellishments to the new model:

  • New Colors: The scooter sports newer and brighter colors.
  • New RVMs: The scooter also sports new Rear view mirrors which are slightly pointed and we expect them to be better functionally as well as the previous ones were more plastic than work!
  • Transparent Blinkers: The scooter also gets transparent side indicators in place of the conventional orange ones.
  • Vibration Dampers: Weight end handlebars are also plugged onto this machine to eat up those vibrations. (But when did this 102cc engine have vibrations?)
  • New Meter Assembly: The scooter also gets a new vivid console assembly with a speedo, odo and a fuel meter apart from the regular tell tale lights.
  • Viscous Air Filter: As has been made a mandate (well, almost), this scoot also gets the viscous air filter to save on the maintenance costs and better efficiency in catching dust particles.
  • Maintenance Free Battery: The scoot also gets a 12V 4Ah maintenance free battery which would save the user of any hassles related to the maintenance of the battery.
  • New Stickers: How can a new scooter get out of a Honda plant without going through a beauty parlor! The new Dio has been revamped with some spirited and lively stickerwork.
  • Dual Tone Seat: The scoot also sports dual tone seats and going by the looks, seat has been made a little narrower.
  • All Black Styling: From the motorcycles, black theme has now moved to the scooters. This scoot comes with black front and rear rims and a black coated engine and a slightly modified all-black silencer (and muffler)

What Remains:

  • Engine: Dio carries the same 102cc, 7 bhp engine in its latest avatar as well. Though there was nothing wrong with the older engine but it was slightly detuned (even as compared to the 102cc Activa). Hope Honda has taken care of that and we have a spirited tune in the new scoot.
  • MRF Nylogrip tyres: The scoot would retain the segment best MRF nylogrip zappers for a fantastic feel, lovely ride and awesome handling and cornering the scoots boasts off.
  • Conventional Shock Absorbers: Unfortunately, the scoot also retains the conventional hydraulic front shock absorbers which, according to us, should have made way to the much better telescopic shock ups.
  • Tuff up tubes: The scooter also retains the Honda trademark tuff up tubes which have proved to be quite helpful in circumstances leading to punctures.
  • Awkward seating pillion position: What is really bad on the part of HMSI is that they have ignored the singlemost pain point of Dio owners, the awkward placement of the rear footpegs and the new model has been carried with the same setup much to our displease!
  • Price: According to our reports, the best part is the fact that the scoot sports a similar price tag to its previous version despite an addition of the above mentioned goodies. The scoot would sell at an on road price of around 43-44k in Mumbai (around 40-41k in New Delhi OTR). With an onslaught from almost every interested player in the industry, the scooter market is blazing with a plethora of options for the customer and we have everything in this world to choose!




New Honda Dio Specifications:

Engine Type: 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled OHC
Displacement: 102cc
Max Power: 7bhp @ 7000rpm
Max Torque: 0.8kgm @ 5500rpm
Transmission: V-Matic
Ignition: Self and Kick
Battery: 12v 4Ah MF
Headlamp: 35/35W
Front tyre: 90/100×10
Rear tyre: 90/100×10
Brakes (front and rear): 130mm Drum
Ground Clearance: 145mm
Wheelbase: 138mm
Dimensions (l x b x h): 1757 x 712 x 1106

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Raj January 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

Nice. But the dual color in seat could have been made single.
Looks like the pep plus and the power comforts.

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Siddu January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

Its worth 2000 more than the previous one…if its costllier than dis, not interested…

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David January 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Another stikerwork…..! m fed up of this… :(

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tushal January 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Well, Honda and Hero hondas do sticker work really well. They have the 10th gen Splendour, 5th gen Passion, 3rd gen dio. All stickering gens.

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Jay January 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

the previous graphics were the best,which was in red,blue,etc cplour… this is damn flopppp

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prabhakar February 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

the previous graphic design is more beautiful,sover and the best which was availiable in red, dark and blue, that is why i would like to buy ‘red and black’(previous)dio scooter which in not availiable in the current market.please i request you to provide that one dio scooter,if it would be possible for you.If not possible why did you changed previous graphic design which was very popular.

i heartly recomended previous colour scooter,any how i need that one.please send me to your delear in kathmandu only one for me.

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Vic February 15, 2010 at 3:00 am

Expected an engine change, but was let down. I prefer the Dio Dlx model, much better looking than the one goin to come out.

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prabhakar February 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

colour of dio scooter not good

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prabhakar February 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

could you please inform me about to remove new looks of dio scooter as soon as possible by substituting previous dio scooter which was very nice to look graphic design.

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Aditya March 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

looks awesome……gonna buy one…..ride quality is also awesome………!

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krutika March 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

its gr8… way better dan d previous one… i bought one & its awesome!!!!.. best 4 gals dan guys..

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Venkat July 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hi Krutika,

How the performance for Dio, i have read the review for the the Pillion passenger its very problem to sit. Please share your opinion

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harini April 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

color is cool…….graphics is better than d previous version………..gonna buy 1 4 sure……..to hav all the eyes on me……

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ajinas May 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm

superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr bikeeeeeeeeeeee machAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa freak ittttttttt nowwwwwwwww

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Yash May 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

i liked the black one but the stickers are red there should be silver then it would be damn cool

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dhaval May 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

hmmmm very attractive in looks and performance……….but its 2 hard 2 kick…….and d headlight is 2 bad means it does not fall on road but on 2 and 3 floor of any building :(

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John Dias June 5, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hello,
I am from Goa, and intend to go in for DIO, but when I went to the showroom to refuse to accept my check, thought the bike was suppose to be delivered after 15 days.
I dont think customers go around with a bundle of notes to purchase a 2 wheeler. Once you tell them that you will be paying them a cheque, they no more entertain you. I believe your organization should stop this attitude. I believe Mumbai is far better that Goa.
The thing is that the sales personal (in Goa) are too proud, they have no sales tacktics in them, I mean they should not let the costomer leave, just for petty reasons.
I am sending you this information so that your sale increases, with your sale team performing well towards the costomer.
thankyou,

John Dias

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Rahul Bharwani July 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

ohhh!!!d color is jst fab…i hv purchased 1 n i.e black n silver n added many more graphics 2 it…it lukz lyk jst fab!!!every1 goes mad wen i pass out by dem!!!!!!

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sunil August 6, 2010 at 12:09 am

Dio rocks dude……………

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karunya August 6, 2010 at 12:09 am

is yellow color available in chennai

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Leon September 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

only violet is looking good but it is very difficult to get it. very bad that too we have to wait for 2 months after booking

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tamanna September 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I realy love it….

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malik khan September 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm

dio is very sexy as it is very comfartable to ride it an so we are having nine dios

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Gaurav firodiya September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

Cool!!!…….m surely gonna buy it…

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nilay September 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

new dio’s battery is very problamatic within 2 months my battery become faulty

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Ananthu October 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

We have tested Dio with the honda’s Aviator and Activa and found out the only thing Dio is lacking is some pull during a race it stands just half the body back b/w the other two.Even though everybody says to go after the Aviator with disc brakes and telescopic suspensions i like dio for its looks and has got an average perfomance just near to the others.My choice is Dio but if u want power go after Aviator(if u can stand the funny looking headlight) but remember if u want only a little mileage take a dio and change its Air filter ! Then it will be a Racing Deamon !

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kushal October 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

cool………………
i like it very much…………….

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moneeca December 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

yo man! dio rocks!but how many people can sit on it at a time. for i wanna buy one &tell its price also.

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prabhat February 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

price is 40thousand
2 people easly

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prabhat February 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

gr8……….model
only default z dat der no head light the head light located on the frnt part
wich z strange

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Allwyn jain February 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

Honda rocks with new dio .
Its a sporty scooter

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Mozin March 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hi plz giv me beauti full graphics for my new dio.??????

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jinia March 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

any dio owner out there,can you tell me how is its performance?shall i buy it?just love its lookzz.but also worried about performance

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rajshri May 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

its superb m going to buy today only bt confused in colour

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sonali vankhande July 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

This is very cooooooooool bike. I want buy this Dio.

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Vicky July 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hi Guys Honda dio is very nice and comfortable to ride and mileage it gives 48 to 50 and they service is very good and light weight vehicle even my sister rides she told it is very nice for me and she told me dio is for me and she told to buy honda activa deluxe for me .Even activa dlx is very good and i have planned to buy now Honda Activa Deluxe

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Vicky July 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Honda Dio and Activa is superb

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shabby August 7, 2011 at 12:40 am

hey guyzz dio’s sitting arrangement is not so good …back side people have prob. Sitting on it …performance wise thumps up for dio but sitting arrang mst be good dey have nt provided foot res for second sitter…

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shabby August 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

if u wanna buy dio then buy green color its quite awsome people will surely love it ….and its cool for graphics …..
I jst luv dio……its mah first scooter and lyk a dream come true for me ….really guyzzz its nice jst buy it…..

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bapyn October 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

dude black dio is very sexy DIO is very comfartable to ride
i bought one & its awesome!!!!..

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AMIT November 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

my personal fav is the violet one coz m havin it haha ….

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Jacob December 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Dio s one of the best scoot. Mileage of it s around 40kmpl and price s 52k in chennai, look and performance of dio s awesome, and stylish. Some of the prob are it s difficult to kick it durin morn, headlight s not bright enough. Dio s best to drive in city, as i bought it i am sayin it to you guys. Worth money

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gourav December 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

guys Dio rock , i m a proud owner of dio(silver) its very good , hits a top top speed of 108 kmph

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ashmi July 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

bad look previous one was so nice!!! this model will flop

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