Yamaha Ray Z Vs Vespa LX125 Vs Honda Dio : ChooseMyBike.in Review

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By Jaichandran Jayapalan

 

With the growing need for a mode of personal transport that’s convenient, efficient, yet trendy, the Indian scooter market has seen a slew of recent launches that try to capture the hearts and minds of the ever demanding Indian consumer. We bring to you a shootout between the three most exciting scooters that have taken the market by storm in the past year, the Yamaha Ray Z, the Honda Dio, and the Vespa LX125.

 

Scooter Reviews

 

 

Design & Ergonomics

 

The Vespa’s design carries on from its predecessors with its signature duck-tail shape body. This iconic styling makes it stand out from the crowd. Looking at the ergonomics, the Vespa offers a comfortable posture for the rider, but falls short by not providing adequate support and comfort for the pillion.

 

Vespa Dimensions

 

The Ray Z boasts of a contemporary sporty design that would appeal to the younger generation. Yamaha have got the rider and pillion seating positions spot on, making this one of the most comfortable scooters in the market.

 

Ray Z Dimensions

 

The Honda Dio is clearly the best looker amongst the lot, and looks stunning in this shade of matt grey. Styling apart, the scooter can get a little cramped for taller riders, while the poorly-designed foot pegs affects pillion comfort.

 

Honda Dio Dimensions

 

 

Ride & Handling

 

The Vespa offers the best combination of ride quality and handling amongst the three. The scooter soaks up the worst surfaces with aplomb, without affecting its stability. The Vespa isn’t as nimble as its peers, but it can get around traffic with relative ease.

 

Vespa Handling

 

Ride quality is one of the Ray Z’s strongest points. Its suspension provides a smooth ride, and ensures the right balance when cornering. The scooter also offers a short turning radius, which bodes well for filtering through heavy traffic.

 

Ray Z Handling

 

The Dio handles really well for a scooter. It is very stable at speed, and holds its line into corners. However, the suspension setup is on the stiffer side, which makes for an uncomfortable ride on bad roads.

 

Honda Dio Handling

 

 

Engine Performance

 

The 125cc single cylinder unit on the Vespa is the biggest and most powerful engine of the three. It delivers high torque across the power band, which allows the scooter to overtake easily and cruise comfortably at speed. The Vespa delivers a claimed mileage of 60kmpl.

 

Vespa Engine

 

The Ray Z’s 113cc engine may be the least powerful of the lot, but its peppy mid-range post 40kmph offsets its lack of initial acceleration. Yamaha claims a mileage of 53kmpl for the Ray Z.

 

Ray Z Engine

 

Honda employs its tried-and-tested 109cc engine in the Dio. This unit is powerful and very responsive at all engine speeds. It incorporates the company’s proprietary Honda Eco Technology (HET), which reduces emissions without curtailing power, and helps the Dio deliver a claimed mileage of 60 kmpl.

 

Honda Dio Engine

 

 

Braking

 

The brakes are probably the Vespa weakest link. A braking test we conducted showed that it took 12.2 meters for the Vespa to come to a complete halt from 35 kmph.

 

Vespa Braking

 

The Ray Z’s front and rear drum brake setup is adequate at best. In our braking test, the scooter came to a complete stop from 35 kmph in 9.5 meters.

 

Ray Z Braking

 

The Dio is equipped with Honda’s brilliant Combi Braking System, which gives it the best braking capability amongst the three. The Dio stopped at an impressive 8 meters from a speed of 35 kmph in our braking test.

 

Honda Dio Braking

 

 

Pricing

 

In terms of pricing, the Dio is the most competitively positioned at Rs 45,000, while the Yamaha Ray Z is priced slightly higher at around Rs 48,000. The Vespa LX125 carries the highest price tag of the lot, at Rs 60,000. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.

 

 

Features

 

FEATURES

VESPA

LX 125

YAMAHA

RAY Z

HONDA

DIO

Underseat Storage

YES

YES

YES

Cubby Holes

NO

YES

NO

Electric start

YES

YES

YES

Parcel/Baggage Hooks

YES

YES

YES

Glove box 

YES

NO

Optional

 

 

Technical Specifications

 

DETAILS

VESPA LX 125

YAMAHA RAY Z

HONDA DIO

 

Engine

 

125cc, 3-Valve, Air-Cooled, Single Cylinder, Carburetted

113cc, Air-Cooled, Single Cylinder, Carburetted

109cc, Air-Cooled, Single Cylinder, Carburetted

Power

10 bhp @ 7500 rpm

7 bhp @ 7500 rpm

8 bhp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

10.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm

8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpm

8.6 Nm @ 5500 rpm

Top Speed (Tested)

100kmph

90kmph

90kmph

Fuel Tank Capacity

8 L

5 L

6 L

Mileage (Claimed)

60 Kmpl

53 Kmpl

60 Kmpl

 

 

Conclusion

Scooters have seen a surge in sales in the past few years. This is mainly due to the fact that the Indian consumer is slowly maturing. As their disposable incomes are getting higher, they are now more concerned about ease of use and comfort than about mileage.

 

Scooters in India

 

This shootout has brought out three of the most innovative offerings from scooter manufacturers in India. In the end, all three scooters score well in various departments, but if we had to pick one amongst them, it would be the Yamaha Ray Z. Although the Ray Z does not boast of best in class features amongst its peers, it offers the best all-round package, and just about edges over the others. That said the Honda Dio and the Vespa LX 125 are good scooters in their own right, but a few flaws in crucial areas see them come a close second.

 

Comparison Summary

 

SCOOTER

PROS

CONS

VESPA LX 125

Smooth & Powerful Engine

Best in Class Ride Quality

Good Build quality

Poor braking performance

Very expensive

 

YAMAHA RAY Z

Excellent Ride Quality

Good Manoeuvrability

All round Performance

Sluggish Initial Acceleration

Insufficient underseat Storage

 

HONDA DIO

Styling

Best-in-Class Brakes

Peppy Initial Acceleration

Hard Ride Quality

Uncomfortable seating posture

Poorly designed pillion footrest

 

 

Check out our video review of the Yamaha Ray Z vs Vespa LX125 vs Honda Dio below:

 

 

DisclaimerThis review is purely based on the test conducted by "ChooseMyBike.in". All views expressed in this review are that of ChooseMyBike.in's, and not of the manufacturers'. 

 

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