Honda Livo BS6 vs Livo BS4: Differences Explained
Planning to buy the recently launched Livo BS6 but wondering whether the updates are good enough? We list out all the changes:
Honda updated the Livo and launched the BS6-compliant iteration just after it launched the Grazia 125 BS6. The 110cc commuter motorcycle sees quite a few additions compared to the BS4-compliant version. So if you’re wondering whether it’s really worth it upgrading to the BS6-compliant version, check out the differences first:
The Honda Livo BS6 starts from Rs 70,056 whereas the BS4-compliant Livo was priced from Rs 59,239. This makes the new bike dearer by Rs 10,817. We’ve reached out to Honda regarding the price of the disc brake-equipped variant and will update the story as soon as we hear from them. We reckon it is likely to command a premium of around Rs 2,000 over the base variant. To give you a perspective, the disc brake variant of the BS4 bike cost Rs 61,650 (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).
The Honda Livo BS6 shares its powertrain with the recently-launched Honda CD 110 Dream BS6. In fact, it even gets the same state of tune as the entry-level commuter bike. That’s a little surprising considering all of Honda’s other BS6-compliant shared engines have been tuned differently. The power and torque figures of the Livo BS6 and its comparison with the Livo BS4 are as follows:
In most cases, the BS6-compliant iterations make slightly lesser power and/or torque owing to emission restricting components. However, thanks to the all-new powerplant, the Livo BS6 actually is more powerful and torquier than its predecessor. The more important addition is the silent starter which ensures the engine cranks up quickly and noiselessly. The new engine also features several friction reduction technologies such as offset cylinder, roller rocker arm with needle bearing and piston cooling jet. All these bits help in extracting better mileage than the BS4-compliant version.
Design and Features:
Compared to the Honda Livo BS4, the Livo BS6 gets a slightly sharper flyscreen on the bikini fairing and tweaked side panels. The twin pod hexagon-shaped semi-digital instrument cluster in the Livo BS4 looked a bit too boxy. So Honda has redesigned it and shaped the instrument cluster into a single cohesive-looking hexagonal unit. It still retains the semi-digital layout though. The console shows all the necessary information, but we wish it featured a real-time and average mileage indicator as well as a distance-to-empty indicator. These features are already present in the Honda Grazia 125 BS6 and the Honda Activa 125 BS6.
Another major addition to the BS6 Livo is the new engine kill switch on the right switchgear and a headlamp switch with integrated pass beam switch on the left. Honda has also lengthened the seat by 17mm in the BS6-compliant version for enhanced comfort. Apart from these, the rest of the features like the halogen headlamp, bulb-type indicators, and tail lamp have remained unchanged.
Underpinnings and Dimensions:
The underpinnings department has remained untouched as the Livo was already well equipped. It retains the telescopic front fork and twin 5-step preload-adjustable shock absorbers. Brakes comprise a 240mm front disc or a 130mm drum and a 130mm drum at the rear. For better mileage, the rear tyre is a low-rolling-resistance tubeless rubber like before, whereas the front continues with the same tubeless conventional tyre.
The shortened wheelbase should make the bike a bit more nimble than before, at least theoretically. But on the flip side, there has been a considerable reduction in the ground clearance, presumably due to the new exhaust system. Fortunately, the increase in weight is marginal, so it should not have any detrimental effect on the dynamics of the motorcycle in the real world.
Also Read: Honda Livo BS6: Same Price Other Options
Overall, the updates are comprehensive enough to make the Livo a better commuter motorcycle than before. It serves as the perfect cost-effective alternative to the equally stylish looking but more powerful and feature-packed Honda SP 125.
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