Replace my old Activa with Activa 6G or consider Access 125/Honda Dio

I’ve ridden the TVS Jupiter Classic a few times. It’s decent overall but I found it a bit bulky.

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I’m planning on replacing my 11-year-old 2nd hand Activa 110cc soon and was wondering what would be my best option.

I don’t ride very often or very far less than 2000km a year and rarely during peak summer and monsoons.

Don’t ride very fast or aggressively, speed rarely goes above 50-60 kmh so I’m happy with the overall power of the old Activas 110 too.

Not too interested in fancy instrument clusters and so on as it’s used for short distances and errands only so they won’t add much value for me.

Things that would be good to have

  • Ride comfort
  • Disc brake up front. Although the way I ride, my Activa’s drum brakes rarely felt “insufficient” so far
  • Matching 12″ inch wheels front and rear

So far I’m thinking

  • Budget option: Dio
  • All rounder safe bet: Activa 6G
  • Premiumish option: Suzuki Access 125

Can someone mention the pros and cons of these and alternative suggestions?

I have spoken to a few local bike mechanics and while all their opinions vary a lot, most suggest the Activa or Access but again opinions on the forums are very varied which makes me think scooters have some very poor QC as a category.

  • Yamaha – I’m on the fence about it because I feel the Ray ZR is a bit overstyled and the Fascino is a bit chick-ish.
  • TVS Jupiter –  if I’m not mistaken, it has both 12-inch tyres and disc brakes as well as ride comfort on its 110cc avatar but forum recommendations seem 50-50 and mechanics mostly give TVS a thumbs down. Also, have ridden my boss’ Jupiter Classic a few times and while it’s decent overall, in my little experience, the engine did feel and sound a bit coarse and it was too bulky.

Recommendations are welcome as well as suggestions to wait for refreshed models later in the year as I’m in no great hurry.

Here’s what BHPian KPR had to say about the matter:

I agree with the convenience of a gearless scooter but it is nowhere near the 17″ wheels of a bike when it comes to a comfortable ride. My choice will be a Platina ABS or a Honda CD110 or even a Splendor. If gearless is the way ahead for you then have a look at Scooty Zest and don’t rule out any Yamaha. It lasts for eternity.

Here’s what BHPian Aakash118 had to say about the matter:

Go for Access, it’s a proven product which should serve you well for the next decade. Dio & Activa are not bad either but coming from Activa, they may not give you that freshness you would expect from your new scooter.

Here’s what BHPian bijims had to say about the matter:

From the options listed, the Suzuki Access 125 is the best bet, followed by the Activa 6g, the Dio is definitely the budget option. In my opinion, the Access 125 is the best option with a capable 125cc engine, good ride quality, good mileage, and excellent manoeuvrability. Although it does get quite an outdated instrument cluster and doesn’t come with engine start-stop functionality. But these are minor flaws when compared to the excellent overall package offered by Access 125.

Here’s what BHPian vj_torqueaddict had to say about the matter:

I have a 2019 model RayZR, it wasn’t that flashy back then. I can vouch for it. In three years I have only ridden it for 4.5k kms. It is a carb model so less maintenance. It’s a fill-it-shut-it bike. It has a front fork suspension and gas charged at the rear. Excellent ride quality with 2 on board. Slightly stiff front with a single rider. Max comfy speed is 60. Disc brake at the front which is spongy. But decent overall. Try looking for used. I love mine.

Here’s what BHPian IshaanIan had to say about the matter:

Having owned a gen 1 Activa from 2002 till 2012, I would say go for the Access. The Suzuki just feels like what a modern Activa ought to. Motor is simply brilliant; smooth and powerful. If you’d like a change, then go for the Ray. It might be a little overstyled but remember that it is a good 10 percent lighter than other scooters so it handles and brakes markedly more effortlessly.

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