List price Rs 40,444
Top speed 80.4kph
Kpl 52.5 (overall)
For Futuristic looks, fuel economy
Against Lacks refinement
List price Rs 39,440
Top speed 72.3kph
Kpl 46.5 (overall)
For Responsive engine, user friendly
Against No front storage space, plain design
The word brings to mind a two-wheeler with two bulbous side panels. Let
the image linger in your mind and you'll see other characteristics like
the continuous floorboard and the small wheels. Scooters have always been
seen as a means to move about quickly and without too much hassle. They
were and still are the two-wheelers of choice for those who would give
convenience and ease of riding preference over the speed and power of
motorcycles. Since the Vespa that took the world by storm in the late
'40s, scooters have always been seen as a carefree mode of transport that
one could use to zip around town with the least amount of effort.
Kinetic Engineering brought out the Kinetic Honda in collaboration with
Honda more than a decade ago, it was a runaway success that made the whole
scootering experience easier. Gone were the left-hand-operated gearshift
and the foot-operated rear brake. This meant that if you knew how to ride
a bicycle, the Kinetic Honda was not difficult to handle. Equipped with
a 100cc two-stroke engine, this scooter wasn't exactly underpowered. One
would occasionally come across an optimistic Kinetic Honda rider attempting
a traffic signal drag with an RX100. Down the years other manufacturers
brought out models that would give the consumer a wider choice in gearless
scootering, but the Kinetic Honda still held its own and though the sales
charts had their mountains and valleys, its popularity never really waned.
Three years ago Honda sold their stake in the company but the popular
scooter that this merger has spawned continues to be produced as the Kinetic
DX, ZX and Zoom.
New competition in the form of the Honda Activa came about in September
2001. The first product from HMSCI (Honda Motorcycles & Scooters Company,
India), this scooter with its four-stroke engine and user-friendly nature
won over the masses. Waiting periods of three months were a testimony
to its blazing popularity.
Engineering knew that it needed a fresh scooter to keep ahead in the game.
That new scooter is the new Kinetic Nova. Similar to the Activa by virtue
of the fact that it is also powered by a four-stroke engine that drives
the wheels through a variomatic transmission, the Nova, right from its Performance to its fuel consumption, certainly
has its own identity.