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Honda Grazia 125 Review: Sporty, Stunning, and Striking!

Pros

  • Sporty and Stunning Styling
  • Refined HET Engine with FI Features
  • Good Mileage
  • Practical Features
  • Softer Suspension Feel

Cons

  • Decent Headlamp Visibility
  • Smaller 10-inch Rear Tyre
  • Performance Could Have Been Punchier
  • Lack of Bluetooth Connectivity Features

This is a detailed review of the Honda Grazia 125.

Honda Grazia has held a strong position in the 125cc scooter category. It is a strong example of reliability and practicality. With a shift from BS4 to BS6, it seems to carry in new improvements and features.

However, that comes at a hefty cost of Rs. 2.79 Lakhs for the Grazia STD and Rs. 2.99 Lakhs for the Grazia DLX.

Despite being the most expensive scooter in its class, the Grazia continues on its path of popularity.

So, we got curious.

Why is the new Honda Grazia 125 so popular? Just what makes it so special?

In this Honda Grazia 125 review, we will address those new changes and those intriguing questions in detail.

Honda Grazia Specifications

  • Engine Type: Single-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, SI Engine (PGM-FI)
  • Emission Standards: BS6
  • Displacement: 124 cc
  • Cooling System: Fan-Cooled
  • Starting Mechanism: Electric Starter & Kick Starter
  • Max Power: 8.25 PS @ 6000 rpm
  • Max Torque: 10.30 Nm @ 5000 rpm
  • Top Speed: 92 Kmph
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.3 liters
  • Mileage: 60 kmpl
  • Front Tyre: 90/90-12 – Drum (Disc in DLX)
  • Rear Tyre: 90/100-10 – Drum
  • Tubeless Tyres: Yes
  • Braking System: Combined Braking System (CBS)
  • Suspension Setup: Telescopic Forks and Spring Loaded Hydraulic
  • Seat Height: 708 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 171 mm
  • Under Seat Storage Capacity: 21 liters
  • Kerb Weight: 108 Kg
  • Colors: Matt Grey, Matt Yellow, Pearl Blue, and Pearl Red

Honda Grazia 125 Price in Nepal: Rs. 2,79,900 – Rs. 2,99,900

Honda Grazia 125 Review

Refreshed Design

Honda Grazia 125 gets the same styling as before.

It remains familiar, sharing the same profile but with sharper aesthetics. Moreover, it now includes many new visual improvements that bonify its urban contemporary styling.

Grazia is bolder and sportier with its sculpted creases and edgy styling.

The front section comes with the Twin LED Headlamp with newer split-type LED DRLs. Moreover, the front portion above the headlamp gets a slight redesign.

Front Styling in Honda Grazia 125
Front Styling in Honda Grazia 125

The overall finish is sleeker with a sharper undertone.

Honda has applied the same principle for the side profile as well. Plus, the piano-black finish on the side apron takes the premium feel to the next level.

Furthermore, the rear section gets the most drastic redesign. It features an all-new Jet-inspired halogen tail lamp, giving it a more sporty appeal.

If you compare the old one with the new one, the Grazia BS6 has a pointer and sharper undertones.

Interestingly, Grazia 125 FI now comes with an external fuel lid to improve the quality of life.

Rear Styling in Honda Grazia 125
Rear Styling in Honda Grazia 125

Honda Grazia BS6 is available in four different colors: Matt Grey, Matt Yellow, Pearl Blue, and Pearl Red.

Deluxe vs Standard: Differences

Unlike its differences in the Honda Dio, you get significant quality of life changes.

Grazia DLX and STD share the same underlying design, performance, and features. However, there is a few interesting feature difference between the two variants for the extra bucks.

Grazia DLX includes three extra features: Idling Stop System, Alloy Wheels, and Front Disc Braking.

The Automatic Idling Stop System is Honda’s version of Auto Start Stop.

Basically, it shuts off the engine automatically during traffic stops. It can easily be turned on after pulling on the throttle.

It is something we have seen in the Yamaha scooters. However, the response time and accuracy are much better here.

Instead of this, the Grazia STD includes a standard Engine Kill Switch.

Next up, the Alloy Wheels help enhance its premium profile. Instead of this, the STD includes a simple Steel Wheel.

Finally, the third and most important change is the Front Disc Brake. Instead of this, the STD only gets all Drum Brakes.

Performance

Honda Grazia 125 is powered by a 124cc Single-Cylinder, Fan-Cooled, 4-Stroke, SI Engine. It can generate a max power of 8.25PS at 6000 rpm and a max torque of 10.3Nm at 5000 rpm.

Moreover, it is mated to a V-Matic transmission with a 5.3-liter fuel tank capacity.

BS6-Compliant Badging in Honda Grazia 125
BS6-Compliant Badging in Honda Grazia 125

Grazia is equipped with a BS6-compliant PGM-FI engine.

Furthermore, Honda has improved its HET with Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) Technology. It will maximize combustion and minimize friction to deliver unmatched performance.

It introduces additional FI features like the Automatic Idling Stop System, Silent Start, and Side Stand Engine Cut Off.

Practical Features

Honda Grazia is loaded with features!

Rather than being informative features or performance-centric features, it largely focuses on being practical and reliable.

Braking Performance

Honda Grazia DLX gets a 190mm front Disc and 130mm rear Drum configuration. Moreover, there is Combined Braking System (CBS) for added safety.

The braking performance is good enough for the performance.

Front Disc Brake in Honda Grazia 125
Front Disc Brake in Honda Grazia 125

The front brake offers a good bite in comparison with the rear one. Nevertheless, the braking performance is satisfactory when used together.

However, I still wish the rear drum brake could have improved the braking performance by providing that extra bite.

Tyres

Like the braking system, the front and rear tyres vary.

The front tyre is a 90/90-section 12-inch tyre. Whereas, the rear tyre is a 90/100-section 10-inch tyre.

It is a standard tyre configuration expected in Japanese scooters. However, the smaller rear tyre limits confidence in cornering and high-speed stability.

Rear Drum Brake in Honda Grazia 125
Rear Drum Brake in Honda Grazia 125

It could have been offset by a wider or 12-inch tyre.

It was a dilemma over Fuel Economy and High-Performance stability. Knowing Honda and its riders, Honda chose Fuel Economy.

Given the fuel prices, it was a good choice.

Suspension

Honda Grazia sports a Telescopic fork and Spring Loaded Hydraulic as its suspension setup.

The suspension feel is much softer than expected. Nevertheless, it easily absorbs road bumps and potholes for a comfortable riding experience.

However, the rear setup felt too soft at times.

It continued to react to even the slightest bump on the highways. Fortunately, the rear suspension is 3-Level Preload Adjustable.

So, I would recommend stiffening up the suspension for a more balanced ride.

Multifunction Switch

Before moving to the seat, we need to talk about the convenient Multifunction switch.

Combinational Key Lock in Honda Grazia 125
Combinational Key Lock in Honda Grazia 125

It is one of my favorite practical features of this scooter. It is a Combinational Lock system that allows riders to access and control the scooter from one spot.

Hence, both the seat compartment and fuel filler compartment can be accessed without removing the key.

Seat Comfort and Pillion

With that, let’s talk about the seat.

It has a softer seat cushioning with a familiar perforated finish. It has simple stitching, which feels a bit lacking considering its price tag.

Nevertheless, the seat is accessible for average-height riders. Interestingly, the tall riders will also feel right at home thanks to its wider footboards.

Two Level Seat with Perforated Finish in Honda Grazia 125
Two Level Seat with Perforated Finish in Honda Grazia 125

The seat can comfortably accommodate both rider and pillion for daily commutes and short rides. However, it loses its comfort during long rides.

The under-seat storage is 21 liters.

Unfortunately, there is no USB charging or Boot light option (not even as an accessory).

Fuel Tank Capacity and Mileage

Honda Grazia comes with a 5.3-liter fuel tank capacity.

We tested it out with a fair bit of a mix of riding styles. During that, we managed to get around 50-55Kmpl of mileage.

In general, the rider should get around 265-292Km on a Full Tank.

Digital Meter

Even the meter has shifted its focus on saving fuel.

It is an informative Digital Meter, that provides information like Clock, Real-Time Mileage, Average Mileage, Distance to Empty, and more.

Digital Meter in Honda Grazia 125
Digital Meter in Honda Grazia 125

Additionally, it includes a 3-Step Eco Indicator that assists riders to ride more economically. However, the Digital Meter does not support any Bluetooth Connectivity.

Other Features

The dimensions are 1829mm in length, 707mm in width, and 1167 height. Furthermore, the wheelbase is 1260mm.

Honda Grazia 125 sports a 171mm ground clearance. And, the kerb weight is 108kg.

Fortunately, both variants are fitted with many new improvements, including increments in overall length and ground clearance.

Honda Grazia BS6 Feature Highlights

  • 125cc BS6-compliant PGM-FI Engine
  • HET Engine with eSP Technology
  • Striking Contemporary Styling
  • LED Headlamp with Spilt LED DRLs
  • Jet-Inspired Tail Lamp
  • Fully Digital Meter
  • Side Stand Engine Cut Off
  • External Fuel Lid
  • Stylish Muffler Protector
  • Integrated Pass Switch
  • Multi-Function Switch
  • Engine Start/Stop Switch
  • Redesigned Glove Box
  • Alloy Wheels (in DLX)
  • Front Disc (in DLX)
  • Idling Stop System (in DLX)

My Experience with Honda Grazia 125

City Friendly Performance

Honda Grazia offers the most refined performance yet.

It is a BS6-compliant Fuel Injection engine.

There isn’t much difference between the BS4 and BS6 engines. However, Honda has improved on the overall smoothness and refinements.

The powertrain figures align with the modern 125cc offerings.

Interestingly, the Grazia takes it a step further in engine refinement.

There are absolutely no vibrations present. Regardless of the speeds (high or low), the engine continues to maintain its composure.

Nonetheless, it does create a buzz during initial acceleration.

Interestingly enough, there are engine similarities between the Honda Dio and Grazia.

However, the higher engine displacement allows more breathing room. Plus, the overall performance is more punchy in retrospect.

The performance output is linear, so the pickup has a millisecond delay.

If you are performing an overtaking maneuver, then you will need to time that delay.

Fortunately, it was easy so I got used to it pretty quickly.

The low-end performance does lack considerable feedback. A tad bit more torque on the low end would have further improved the punchiness.

In all fairness, Honda has done a great job with its engine.

I would have liked it to be a bit punchier and throttle-responsive. But, I get that this scooter isn’t meant for that kind of riding.

For all intentions and purposes, the engine is an excellent performer.

Shortcomings

Again, there isn’t any specific shortcoming.

Honda Grazia does a great job justifying its asking price with adequate features. However, there is still room for improvement.

Honda should look into improving its cornering and high-speed stability. Moreover, it should consider implementing Bluetooth connectivity which is already present in its rivals.

Battle with Competition

Honda Grazia rivals Suzuki Avenis 125, TVS NTorq Race XP, and Yamaha Ray ZR 125.

However, the Grazia is similar to the Suzuki Avenis 125, both in offering and price. Both brands are known for their reliability and refinements.

We have tested out both scooters on occasion.

I have to say that the Suzuki Avenis 125 is more fun to ride. It has a punchier ride quality with its rider-engaging performance and confidence-inspiring brakes.

Nonetheless, the Honda Grazia also continues to maintain its strong point.

The Grazia offers the most refined engine along with FI-centric features. Interestingly, these features are absent in the Avenis 125.

Both scooters are neck and neck in terms of offerings. However, I prefer Grazia’s familiar design over Avenis’s NTorqey styling.

Conclusion

Honda Grazia 125 is a simple yet elegant scooter.

It possesses every quirk and feature expected from a quality premium scooter. It excels and balances itself out in fuel economy, engine refinements, and practicality.

Unfortunately, a few features still keep it away from being the perfect scooter. However, it still manages to come out of the top with its good and valid experience.

Honda Grazia is Sporty, Stunning, and Striking.

It is exactly what a refined and practical scooter should be.

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