Report – Honda Dream Neo launched at Rs. 43,150 [Update]
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Update 1 (17.4.2013): Honda has got in touch with Indian Autos Blog and informed that, according to its research, the Hero Splendor+ is priced at Rs. 43,250 (ex-showroom Delhi) which makes it Rs. 100 more expensive than the Dream Neo. However, according to Hero Motorcorp’s official website, the Splendor+ has a entry level price tag of Rs. 42,950 which is Rs. 200 cheaper than the Dream Neo. We are waiting for the confirmation from Hero Motorcorp regarding the exact prices of the Splendor+
Update 2 (18.4.2013): We just got the confirmation from Hero Motorcorp regarding this and the prices of the Splendor+ is indeed revised upwards by Rs. 300, making its costlier than the Honda Dream Neo by Rs. 100.
The Honda Dream Neo, the most affordable two wheeler in India to carry the winged logo, is here.
The 110cc commuter bike follows the path of the Dream Yuga and carries forward the design almost unaltered. With the Dream series of bikes, Honda is aiming to achieve 150% growth in the commuter segment.
Honda says that the Dream Neo is the most affordable and the most fuel efficient two wheeler to be launched by the company ever. With the implementation of the Honda Eco Technology (HET), the bike delivers a claimed mileage of 74 kmpl. The HET combines improved piston and combustion chamber designs with increase in compression ratio to improve the fuel economy.
The bike is powered by a 109cc 4-stroke air-cooled engine which develops 8.25 bhp @ 7,500 rpm and a best-in-class torque of 8.63 Nm at a low 5,500 rpm. The gear box is a 4 speed unit with ‘all back’ shift pattern.
The bike measures 2,009mm in length, 737mm in width, 1,074 in height with wheelbase and ground clearance of 1,258mm and 179mm respectively. The fuel tank capacity stands at 8 litre and the bike weighs 105kg.
Front telescopic forks and rear springs with 5 step adjustment suspends the motorcycle. A long seat and an upright riding posture is aimed at achieving stress free commuting. Maintenance free batteries, six spoke alloy wheels with tubeless tires (front and rear – 80/100×18) are other noteworthy features.
The bike retains the looks of the Dream Yuga which in turn looks like the Shine 125cc motorcycle. The tail lamp shape has been mildly altered. The fuel tank and side panels sport dual tone graphics and the twin pot instrument console has speedometer and fuel gauge along with the usual telltale lights.
The overall theme is black including the sleek silencer’s guard plate. The bike comes with six dual tone color options – Black with Red stripes, Black with Violet stripes, Force Silver Metallic, Monsoon Grey Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic and Alpha Red Metallic.
Prices of the Honda Dream Neo
- Kick starter/drum brakes/spoke wheels with tuff-up tube – Rs. 43,150
- Kick starter/drum brakes/alloy wheels with tubeless tires – Rs. 44,150
- Self starter/drum brakes/alloy wheels with tubeless tires – Rs. 47,740