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: 90/100Γ—10
Rear tyre: 90/100Γ—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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  • Raj

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

  • Siddu

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

  • David

    Another stikerwork…..! m fed up of this… πŸ™

  • tushal

    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.

  • Jay

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

  • prabhakar

    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.

  • Vic

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

  • prabhakar

    colour of dio scooter not good

  • prabhakar

    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.

  • Aditya

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

  • krutika

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

    • Venkat

      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

  • harini

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

  • ajinas

    superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr bikeeeeeeeeeeee machAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa freak ittttttttt nowwwwwwwww

  • Yash

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

  • dhaval

    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 πŸ™

  • John Dias

    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.

    John Dias

  • Rahul Bharwani

    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!!!!!!

  • sunil

    Dio rocks dude……………

  • is yellow color available in chennai

  • Leon

    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

  • tamanna

    I realy love it….

  • malik khan

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

  • Gaurav firodiya

    Cool!!!…….m surely gonna buy it…

  • nilay

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

  • Ananthu

    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 !

  • kushal

    i like it very much…………….

  • moneeca

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

    • prabhat

      price is 40thousand
      2 people easly

  • prabhat

    only default z dat der no head light the head light located on the frnt part
    wich z strange

  • Allwyn jain

    Honda rocks with new dio .
    Its a sporty scooter

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

  • jinia

    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

  • rajshri

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

  • sonali vankhande

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

  • Vicky

    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

  • Vicky

    Honda Dio and Activa is superb

  • shabby

    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…

  • shabby

    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…..

  • bapyn

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

  • AMIT

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

  • Jacob

    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

  • gourav

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

  • ashmi

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