Dream Yuga review 2012

“Commuting bikes are those which doesn’t seek much attention..!!” That was the attitude I always carried through my life. But, sooner or later I knew that would change, the time came when I tested Honda’s least costing and highest fuel efficient bike in India, The DREAM YUGA.

Honda’s latest 110cc fuel efficient bike in India in 2012

Dream Yuga inherits a detuned version of CB Twister’s Mill, which is tuned for better fuel efficiency. It looks very similar to the Honda’s CB Shine, so more or less it is a mixture of Honda’s two very successful models, the CB Twister and the CB Shine. So what is this Dream Yuga all about? Read below to find out how it performed during our test ride.

(Note: There are 3 variants of this bike, the one which we tested was the top variant.)

Design:

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Dream Yuga comes with a Diamond type tubular frame which is very light and easy to handle. It looks like an uplifted version of CB Shine, which is more stylish with its attractive graphics and stylish edges. The alloy wheel also adds up to its stylish looks and also allows in slight weight reduction.

As looks are completely an individual’s choice, I wouldn’t like to speak much about it. But, would love to say, the fit and finish of the bike is great and I loved it. And to add to it, it is really an attention grabber. There was a time when a traffic cop stopped us to enquire about the bike, while a lot of others too did the same.

Engine:

Dream Yuga engine

As I said earlier, it comes with an air cooled, 2 valve, 4 stroke, Overhead Camshaft 110cc CB twister’s mill detuned to produce 8.5BHP at 7500RPM. The engine is brilliantly tuned and is very refined. We had a fresh beauty, just rolled out of the showroom, ready to be tested. There were no vibrations till the bike touched 70kmph mark and after that, you do feel some vibrations which may fade away after a few clicks on the Odometer.

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Gear box is typical Honda with its butter smooth operation, which does nothing other than what you expect it to do. The 1st gear almost seemed useless as it is very short and with the high torque the bike pulled easily away from a standstill in the 2nd gear. The 2nd and 3rd gear are pretty perfectly placed and the top gear, i.e. the 4th gear is so tall that you could actually fit in another couple of gears just within it. The engine is brilliant as the bike could actually do 25kmph in both the 1st and the top gear without any knocking sound in top gear. For those who don’t like to clutch and change gears much, this is really bliss to ride in the traffic.

The power delivery is very linear and smooth. The engine never runs out of breath for normal commuting usage. Though I had revved up the new bike quite hard for about 30+kms, the engine heat dissipation was very less than what I expected it to be.

Handling:

Dream Yuga Handle

Speaking about the way it handles, you need not be a Rossi to control it. It’s really light and has a very small turning radius, making it very easy to zip around the bike in the traffic. Trust me, you could take a complete U turn in just a little more than 1 lane.  It comes with a tubeless MRF Zappers sized 80/100 on both front and rear, which not just lasts long but are also quite sticky enough on both dry and wet tarmac. Honda scores an additional point here against many of its competitors.

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Speaking about Suspensions, Honda has a big leap when compared to its competitors. It comes with a 120mm Front and a 5 step adjustable, 94mm, both sides operational, rear suspension, making it one of the most comfortable bike on the messy Indian roads.

Riding comfort:

Dream Yuga Pillion

With its brilliant suspension settings, it’s really one of the most comfortable riding machines I have ever ridden in this segment. It comes with an Up-right sitting posture and seats are wide enough to fit 2 completely grown adults very comfortably with ample of space and padding. The thighs wrap the tank easily and grips good.

City Riding:

As this was a commuter, I kept most of my testing period within the city limits and took the bike to the closed empty roads only for photographs and high speed tests. The low end torque makes it very easy to pull the bike out on the traffic signal and is completely smooth. Maneuvering in the traffic is fun and inspiring as you can easily zip around whether it is bumper to bumper traffic or normal busy streets on those Indian roads. The clutch is light to use, the power delivery is smooth and all together it is really a very comfortable and fun machine to ride in the city limits. Finally, Horn sounds good enough for a Honda bike.

Honda Dream Yuga rear view

The mirror though stylish and designed well doesn’t provide the complete rear view as expected. And the front brakes seemed under powered as it did not have much of the stopping power once the bike cruised past 50Kmph.

Honda Yuga Top Speed:

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The top speed of the bike was close to 85kmph when we tested it. With a few more clicks on the odo, I guess it might go up.

Top speeds in each gear were:

1st gear: 28kmph
2nd gear: 46kmph
3rd gear: 70kmph
4th gear: 85kmph
(All these figures are of a brand new bike and it may vary as it runs more)

Dream Yuga Mileage/Fuel Efficiency:

Another important aspect which really surprised us is the fuel efficiency. It returned a whopping 65+kmpl mileage which was quite astonishing. I was quite shocked to see Honda claims of 72kmpl, how can 65+ be practical? that’s when I had a deeper look and realized, the 72kmpl mileage is not at IDEAL conditions but is measured at simulated, actual riding conditions. Quite impressive work here by the Honda again.

Miscellaneous:

It has quite a good amount of storage space in the toolkit box. You can easily put in a few important papers and a foldable pocked rain coat within for emergencies. (And surprisingly Honda has confused its switch gear with that of its CBR150R I guess.) It has a pass switch while the premium models don’t.

And the tail grab is very comfortable to use and is quite grippy. The light weight of the bike adds up to its superior parking capability by easily lifting the rear of the bike to get it in any angle you would wish to. In fact, I could make 360 degree turn by lifting it just thrice and that too without my thighs support to lift it up.

Honda Dream Yuga Variants in India:

It is available in 3 variants named,

  1. Yuga KD spoke: Which comes with kick start and spoke wheels.
  2. Yuga KD Alloy: Comes with alloy wheels instead of spokes and Kick start
  3. Yuga SD Alloy: Comes with both Self-start and alloy wheels.

Honda Dream Yuga Colors:

It comes in 5 colors, which are Monsoon Grey Metallic, Alpha Red Metallic, Maple Brown Metallic, Force Silver Metallic and Black.

Dream Yuga Price in India:

The (Ex-Showroom Bangalore) prices of the 3 models are, Rs. 47294, Rs.48813 and Rs. 49934. The On road prices are Rs.53870, Rs.55573 and Rs.56832 respectively.

The price difference between the models are not much and you can select which ever would suit your requirements quite easily.  To add to it, there is no waiting period, Book it today, and ride it home tomorrow.

Dream Yuga Pros:

  • Beautiful fit and finish
  • Refined Engine
  • Long and comfortable seats
  • Tubeless tyres
  • Suspensions
  • Fuel Efficiency

Dream Yuga Cons:

  • Brakes were disappointing, Disk brake should have been there at least in the top variant
  • Expensive compared to its competitors
  • Misses on LED Tail Lamps, Engine kill switch with that price tag

BikeAdvice Verdict:

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For those who are looking for a highly reliable, fuel efficient, comfortable and stylish ride, this is the bike for you. Honda has earned its name for refinement and reliability and this gets reflected in Dream Yuga. It’s a great companion for daily and heavy commuters alike.

Check out the Dream Yuga images from our road test below:

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Honda Yuga Review september 2012

Review By:

Sharat Aryan

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79 COMMENTS

  1. This bike is god awe full expensive. Suzuki hayte comes with in 50k on road but this cost 10k higher. They both are more or less similar. They are small and suitable for only Lean built couples.

  2. The engine used in Twister and Yuga is the best i found in bikes less than 125cc. Its really butter smooth. The only thing i found negative is the rear wheel base. The rear wheel is narrow. So when my uncle bought it, he exchanged the rear Tyre right after the delivery and upgraded to MRF zapper 120/80 worth rs 2100 ( after exchange price, he had to pay only 400Rs ).
    The pick up of this 110 cc mill is really amazing. The MF battery is also a good choice by the company- No need to worry about low acid level check and corrosion of Iron parts associated with the battery.

      • yes sure. i ve test drove Hayate. The engine is good but not as smooth as Yuga’s. Also the initial pick up is also low. But it has got a tyre of wheelbase bigger than yuga. Also the rear suspension is a bit stiff. But seeing the price tag, hayate is cheaper than Yuga. But it has got no MF battery and viscous filter. Also Hayate uses the conventional cradle type/ down tube frame.

        In terms of pricing Hayate is the king.But Yuga is way ahead of comfort and handling . The mileage figures of both these bikes are almost same.

    • Suzuki Hayate’s engine has near zero noise, smooth and refined as well. Both Dream yuga and Hayate are more or less same. I can able to move hayate in 2nd gear which i cannot with a passion pro. Hayate has different looks and lot cheaper.

    • I completely disagree…After owning this bike personally I came across some issues which makes my worries on sky which have crossed recently around 2400km. Firstly this bike make lot of tappet noise even i got tuned in first service and twice then after. the worst part is which honda claims is of fuel efficency where i recive 45~50km with decent riding below 60kmph. the instrument cluster are very dull and basic which could have been done better at this pricing.

      • Twister gets around 65-68 KMPL. I think the same engine will prove more reliable in this Yuga. Also Yuga has got the Diamond Frame which makes it mote stabilized than its competitors. Hayate is also good, but i doubt its performance because their late products like Heat and Zeus turned to be great gas buzzlers after using for 1 year.

  3. First of all congratulations to Sharat on very meaningful & to the point review that starts with fact that it is a commuter bike.

    This product will change fortune of HMSI in India.

  4. Why some guys are stressing upon suzuki Hayate… Guys… Just look the rear swing arm the suzuki guys have on the Hayate… They use tubular swingarm whereas Honda, Yamaha, bajaj and also TVS use rectangular swing arm… There are certain things that lack in Suzuki Hayate…

    • Common man.. why you are running after Honda.. let technology win.. I have a Honda Shine and it uses tubular swing arm.. and they are giving it on yuga by demanding 7000 more that hayate then what is great in that? suzuki and yamaha respect indian buyers and honda is just bull shit..

      • @Superz and @Bahir – Do you both really think Rossi is better rider than Stoner if provided equal bikes? I think you are blind followers and the members of yellow panty brigade.

  5. A good motorcycle indeed for the rural and urban commuter. But Suzuki Hayate betters it in every point you had come-up. Just like there Nippon army did centuary’s back, Honda won’t let go with any unturned stone to annhilate the motorcycle and scooter market in India. They would kill the competition like anything and slowly and brute they may be. So nasty off them..

  6. Already changed the HMSI’s fortune ( came to the second position in India ). The bike sales of HMSI grew stronger than before. Now apart form scooters, their bikes also started contribute a lot to their sales figures.

  7. About Suzuki Hayate, Do not fall for its price, just buy one drive it for a year and see what all will happen with it. I bought a slingshot and drove for a year and sold it due to very stiff suspension got back pain and pathetic mileage 40kmpl and useless suzuki service which further spoils the bike. I bought Dream Yuga a month back and I am happy with it except the low end torque issues where I need to change the gears frequently, but this is just new and crossed some 500km and after some time this issue gets settled otherwise it is just amazing easy zip zap with good amount of pick up good seating position and wide seat + honda realiability

    • Hayate’s rear suspension is a little bit tough compared to Yuga. Ofcourse Yuga is a conventional design from Shine. But it will not burn Holes in your pocket.

      • Yep, it won’t burn holes in pocket, but it will burn entire pocket when u buy the vehicle. Latter on, u never neet to worry on the maint. That is the gud part of honda.

    • 1) Yuga ( proven engine with a power of a 125 cc with 65+ Mileage )
      2) Hero Passion ( Proven engine but old technology with 65 + Mileage )
      3) Honda Twister ( Excellent styling for a 110 cc bike , 65-68 Kmpl )
      4) Bajaj Discover ( Great mileage atleast for 1 year but lacks refinement)
      5)Bajaj discover 125 ( Excellent pricing – same as yuga But reliability? )
      6) Hayate ( Decent engine performance but Old tubular frame )
      7) TVS star city ( Good bike but ask the dealers whether the model is still available or not)

      Test drive these bikes. My suggestion is Twister but the pillion seat is a little bit high. But powerful and efficient.

    • My serious advice – don’t get a Honda…. They’re pricing it higher just to have a shiny logo on the tank…..

      And how much ever you like/dislike Indian bikes, fact if you ask me is, TVS and Bajaj are far more better deal than Honda…. Even Suzuki is better compared to Honda… I’m telling in terms of overall package of the bike and not just the refined engine, smooth engine, blah blah stuff….

      My advice – Get Platina 100cc if you want mileage or Discover 125cc ST – awesome looks….

  8. I feel Hayate is far more better in every aspect. the article quotes Dream Yuga as “highest fuel efficient bike in India”, total nonsense I know few peoples CD 100 still giving close to 100.

  9. When it comes to pricing, Honda is always over-priced. They are proving that time and again, now with Dream Yuga… Specs look pretty decent for a regular commuting bike. Suzuki Hayate looks better for me in overall comparision.

  10. My XCD 125 still delivers a mileage of 80-84 kmpl on road after 4 yrs 4 months of use and it can ride at a speed of 11 kmph on 4th gear without knocking.

    • Not disagreeing but a bit surprised that a 125cc gives 80+…. Good for you as long as its real 🙂 I’m sure you are one kind customer to your bike 🙂

  11. ‘To err is human’. I agree that slingshot had some issues. But not with the case of hayate. It has zero noise levels. Very smooth, highly attractive, cheaper, more comfortable, has longer wheel base, greater power. It has the premium feel and comfort of its older brother max100r. Excellent mileage about 65-70kmpl. I also believe that it is durable as its older brother. A tubular swing arm is more than enough for a commuter. After all one of the drag king yamaha rx100 used a tubular swing arm. Its better paying 30rs for replacing the filter than paying hundreds of rupees for maintainence free filters. Finally service has also improved a lot. My humble request to bike advice is to publish a review on hayate. It is such a wonderful bike at that price. Fact: hayate has the same engine as that of suzuki gd110 in philipines. So its definitively a world class product from suzuki. Please ride, feel, enjoy and buy.

  12. I recently saw a honda cream yuga. Overall the bike is good. But the sound is little higher like cb twister. Even the engine deceleration sound was heard which should not be heard at all because the throttle is closed at that time.

  13. I’m not bluffing for the sake of it but believe it or not…

    My Platina 100cc gives me 80+ hands down (Reserve to reserve) in 100% city riding conditions in Bangalore…. The last set of R-to-R calculation gave me 83.2 kmpl… ( 5500 kms / 10 months old / 3 services done )

    Now for a 110 cc, I’ll expect it to give atleast 70 and you term 65+ as “Whopping”? And Honda calling 72 as “Best in class”……??!!

    Damn…. Give me a break…!!!!

  14. Nice discussion here! But it seems that BAJAJ owners are same as the company itself…… “BLIND” to the ever gaining & improving competition (honda has destroyed them) & big time “LIARS”. Pulsars are segment best for the last ten years (they say) & now just read ANY of the reviews out there in media & the new 200 NS is “BEST EVER”, “GENERATIONS AHEAD” of the existing pulsars. Truth is that they were & are fooling people with great advertisements & publishing ADVERTORIALS & not editorials in media. Sales have started showing that they are idiots.

      • true…honda does not have any more brand image as an individual as it is fully derived from hero honda. the same is with hero. you seems to be a honda worker that why writng shits about bajaj. just ride a splendor…having one of the biggest shit honda engine. thy need to rope akshay kumar and have to pay 50crores in 5 year ! none of the honda product except activa is a hit and now activa is also under thraet. very sad.

      • Shutup infidel. What Blasphemy!! You dare to defy our god Pulsar. Honda is nothing against Pulsar except kicking its ass most of the time. Our god Pulsar is the only bike in the world with balls so that’s why he is known as “definitely male”. Can Honda have any bigger balls then our god?

      • OMG, pulsar boy claims that none of the honda’s model is except activa is a hit. Then what about Unicorn? it has beaten P150 to death. It is universal truth that unicorn has the best smooth maint free engine in Indian bike market.

      • Pulsar boy your engine is a fking piece of shit and even bajaj fkers know that. Dont dare to speak about the Japanese honda

  15. Yes i accept that the build quality, reliability, durability of bajaj is not good but in mileage they cant be beaten at all. Platina and discover definitively have 80+ mileage. No one in the world can dare this except the cub series engines of honda.

  16. I think u guys are bribed by some of the Honda showroom. Bcoz whenever a new product released from Honda you people promoting it by doing reviews with more pictures. Same thing happended when it released Dazzler. I feel that the site is totally biased to Honda and lost its reliability now.

  17. i ve a thought of buying 110cc bike , hero is in every street, bike has a another name in india it is splendor in terms fuel efficiency, but i want a change in 11occ bike in terms of both as fuel efficient and quality, honda is charging premium without any significant feature…, after serious market research honda dream yuga costing me 61,000 rs with no shining feature than a tubeless tyre, my friend suggested honda coz of resale value…. further i thought of buying honda but honda dealar said to wait for 1 month after booking, i simply rejected it coz honda charing premium for an 110cc bike further i have to wait for 1 month, suzuki hayate is my next option, hayate is selling well and giving 65kmpl mileage, moreover it is 49,000rs with all accessories,, but the main downside is there is no proper service centre in our area, the availability of spare parts taught me to skip it. next in my option a is discover 125, 100 giving handsome mileage of 68kmpl but bike is vibrating even at 75km/hr the quality of the bike is in question, next is TVS star city or sport which is costing below 55,000 rs with stylish high graphics design but my friend has a star city bike three year old its engine is giving dubious sound and maintenance of the bike is high and made to forget it…… again i dont have an option other than splendor but i came across Yamaha ybr 110, initially i thought yamaha is only good in premium segment but after doing all the market research service centre is good in my area though ybr is costing me 53,200rs with a good mileage of 64kmpl, gear shifting is smooth ( give a test drive), it is basically 106cc of crux engine of very good quality, low maintenance engine, riding in the bike is comfort with the yamaha design is good but interms of killer feature and exterior graphics it is lacking… my friends told me to skip this bike interms of yamaha have no resale value but if money is my aim i cant buy a bike otherwise i ve to invest in fixed deposit in an insurance…, so finally i bought a yamaha ybr 110 with a peaceful mind…. i m happy that ybr is delivering a mileage of 64kmpl after an month….. only downside in YBR is its resale value….

  18. This is a very good bike… I have used this in Thupakki film… fans please watch the movie and buy the bike if you are a true fan of me

    • Hey Actor Vijay,
      Is it you who has written about Yamaha simple bike..? Unbelievable..
      But why dont you upload your photo/still from your film Thuppakki
      you using/riding this bike to make us believe you. Furthermore,
      using a simple 11o cc bike for stunts and breaking/destroying is one
      thing and we middle class guys using the bike as our lifeline is another.
      Why do you confuse bike lovers, after all you are all filthy BMW and Ducati persons, with hoodlums like Unidhi and Dnidhi to give you
      pep talk about importing the latest ones thro their illgotton dollars and euros.
      Come out clear., Vijay.

      • Hi bala,
        The pics of the films are kept secret and i don’t have the right to release them. And I’m one among you guys. without you middle class guys’ support I’m no actor. Hope you will watch the film with family and support me 😉
        Namma yaarnu makkalukku kaatanum thozha

  19. Hi sir,
    I WANT TO BUY HONDA DREAM YUGA CAN YOU SUGEST ME OTHER BIKE LIKE MILEAGE, PICK UPS, STYLISH LOOKING,AND PRICE MAX.55000/- ONLY

  20. 65+ kmpl is not astonishing for a 110cc bike, because one expects those sort of bikes to give a minimum of 65 kmpl. I have a CB Shine, which delivers a mileage between 60-64 kmpl that too in city. No offence meant to the author, I can surely squeeze a mileage of 70 kmpl with Dream Yuga.

  21. dear all
    i wanted to buy new bike with 110cc which bike is best interns of performance weather its DREAM YUGA, DISCOVER 100CC, HAYATE, PHINIX, SPORTS?
    i am mainly looking for mileage and engine performance, can u suggest me which bike is best in all aspect taking in to consideration?

  22. I wanted to buy new bike with 110cc which bike is best interns of performance and mileage. colud you please sugest me.
    I think Dream yuga is best when compare all the brands.

  23. I own a platina 100. I love my bike because of its reliblity and feul efficiency, but lacks self start. I hate discover 100 and dont know anything about 125st or 100t. But one thing i should say is dream yuga is better thany hyatey. Hyate lacks power, pickup and need constant gear changing but looks better than yuga.

  24. If you want performance pickup mileage go for dream yuga. If platina 100 had mf battery, tubeless tyre and selfstart i would suggest platina.

  25. trust me guys brought dream yuga for my dad recently…its not disappointing in terms of looks its disappointing in every respect…the engine sounds like one of those yamaha sucky bikes…lol..i love my old unicorn now…so much rightnow

  26. Honda should design true 100 cc bike, to compete Bajaj, Hero Honda, in achieving good milage &robust and trouble free service years together better than these 2 only than people may think of to purchase HONDA,

  27. Don’t buy Honda Dream Yuga Bike it is worst invention of Honda. Built quality from a single screw to engine all parts are very low built quality. Many mistakes in design which are seen by any blind human.

  28. I am using Honda dream yuga 110cc bike .l will get only 40 to 45 kilometer milege and chain sound also disturb me.some time starting trouble .honda service center also not good.Every time i tell this complaints but still now they didn’t solve my problems .I purchaise this bike on 01/02/2013 and they give me 2012 model bike
    .I complaint this in showroom manager but he didn’t solve my problem.where i tell this problem.please give me answer

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