Honda CT125 vs TVS XL100 BS6: Photo Gallery
Here’s how the Japanese lifestyle moped stacks up against the Indian utilitarian moped
After the debut of the Honda CT125 Concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the production version of the moped, Honda CT125 Hunter Cub, has been launched in Japan. In India, we have our own version of a multipurpose moped, the TVS XL100. Here’s how the Japanese moped and the recently launched TVS XL100 Comfort i-Touch Start BS6 (will be simply be referred to as TVS XL100 BS6 from now on) differ in images:
Both the Honda CT 125 Hunter Cub and the TVS XL100 BS6 have strong utilitarian undertones in their design language. Being a Comfort variant, the TVS XL100BS6 emphasises on better seating whereas the CT125 Hunter Cub gets a single seat with a luggage rack.
The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub has an all-LED lighting system, befitting its purpose of being a lifestyle moped. On the other hand, the TVS XL100 BS6 gets a halogen headlamp with LED DRL. Adding an all-LED lighting system would increase the cost unnecessarily, something that isn’t normally preferred in the utilitarian moped segment in India.
The Honda CT125 gets a proper all-LCD instrument cluster with details like speed and fuel level, whereas the TVS XL100 BS6’s console is a functional, barebones analogue unit. It only shows speed, odometer readings, and tell-tale lights.
The Honda CT 125 Hunter Cub is powered by a 124cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine, which churns out a healthy 8.8PS and 11Nm. The XL100 BS6’s smaller 99.7cc air-cooled fuel-injected motor makes 4.4PS and 6.5Nm. It uses a single-speed gearbox with centrifugal clutch, whereas the CT125 employs a proper 4-speed manual transmission.
The Honda CT 125 Hunter Cub gets a high-set scrambler style exhaust to suit its character and also to help traverse through small water crossings effectively. On the other hand, the XL100 is primarily a rural/ urban runabout, so it manages with a conventional exhaust.
The Honda CT 125 gets a single seat and a rear luggage rack, with an option to install a top box. The XL100 BS6 features a well-cushioned single-piece seat, complete with a cushioned backrest.
When it comes to underpinnings, both the mopeds get a telescopic front fork, twin rear shock absorbers, and spoke wheels.
However, the CT 125 Hunter Cub gets a proper disc brake up front with single-channel ABS and a drum at the rear. The TVS XL100 BS6 gets 110mm drum on both ends with a combined braking system as standard.
The Honda CT 125 Hunter Cub features an under-seat fuel tank with a capacity of 5.3 litres, whereas the TVS XL100 BS6 gets a conventionally mounted 4-litre fuel tank.