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Old 29th December 2010, 12:10   #1426
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why is that no manufacter is intrested in bringing higher CC scooters in to the market? Is yamaha not intrested in marketing scooters in India i know they have good number of models to introduce in India. Are there any plans of new arrivals in Scooter segment in this New Year?
I think there is some limitation to the engine cubic capacity with regard to gear-less scooters, beyond which they will have to be geared models. May be market reception for such scooters is doubtful?
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As my scooter usage is very very very very less, (1300 kms, in 1.5 years)
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Looks like I have competition. Ours has run just 900kms in almost a year now. Its a Honda Dio.
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Beat this- I am about 6,800kms on my kinetic style a 2001 model, that is almost a decade now.
Count me in... Approx 400 Kms in 10 months of ownership of my Activa.
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After waiting for 2 months for a hh pleasure the dealer yesterday asked tow ait for another month. So now even pleasure is commanding such a huge wait or is there some thing fishy here?
Pune, Bangalore have most 2 wheelers on road and probably the highest demand as well.
A problem with Pune is lack of good public transport - people who cannot afford four wheels, would have no choice but go with two wheels. So the demand is high. All popular models have several months waiting period.
The less popular brands would be easier to lay hands on, though.
e.g. Mahindra, TVS scooters?
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All popular models have several months waiting period. The less popular brands would be easier to lay hands on, though.
e.g. Mahindra, TVS scooters?
Thats true, but its better to check with other delears also in the city, i got avaitor in 4 days after booking. This was in april 2009 from BU Bhandari. At the same time there was waiting for 25 days at yash honda since he didn't has stock, Even BU bhandari sold bike when i told him that i will pay cash. At that time new activa was not launched.
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Pune, Bangalore have most 2 wheelers on road and probably the highest demand as well.
A problem with Pune is lack of good public transport - people who cannot afford four wheels, would have no choice but go with two wheels. So the demand is high. All popular models have several months waiting period.
The less popular brands would be easier to lay hands on, though.
e.g. Mahindra, TVS scooters?
Yes I agree with you, but this problem is with a Mumbai dealer where demand is relatively less. 3 months + for a HH Pleasure IMHO is taking this waiting game too far.
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Thats true, but its better to check with other delears also in the city, i got avaitor in 4 days after booking. This was in april 2009 from BU Bhandari. At the same time there was waiting for 25 days at yash honda since he didn't has stock, Even BU bhandari sold bike when i told him that i will pay cash. At that time new activa was not launched.
Yes. That helps to a certain extent. When I checked for Access, the bigger dealers had a waiting of 2-3 months. The sub-dealers on the other than are committing delivery in less than 2 months.
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After waiting for 2 months for a hh pleasure the dealer yesterday asked tow ait for another month. So now even pleasure is commanding such a huge wait or is there some thing fishy here?
I still believe thats a part of organized racket by the dealers, and to some extent the company as well.
They are cashing in on the scooter boom. With bike sales moving only towards the "enthusiast" segment, in cities like Pune and Bangalore, the demand for scooters as an everyday motoring tool has gone through the roof.
Cannot believe that the companies cant scale up their production to meet the demand, its just that flooding the market with their vehicles may be perceived as a bad marketing move.
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The latest!!

Honda activa was quoted to have a waiting period of 8 months. We went to book one for my bro - in - law, found it a little too much. But we didnt have too many alternatives.

I own a Aviator from honda and its performing great. This one has a waiting period of 5 months, price difference is hardly anything. So went ahead and booked it.

Mahindra vehicles are availabe immediately.

Buying an activa is like booking a gas connection few decades back. really amazing. Not sure why honda is not pepping up the supply, I mean 8 months is ridiculous. Its as if you are talking about buying a boeing

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The latest!!

Honda activa was quoted to have a waiting period of 8 months. We went to book one for my bro - in - law, found it a little too much. But we didnt have too many alternatives.

I own a Aviator from honda and its performing great. This one has a waiting period of 5 months, price difference is hardly anything. So went ahead and booked it.

Mahindra vehicles are availabe immediately.

Buying an activa is like booking a gas connection few decades back. really amazing. Not sure why honda is not pepping up the supply, I mean 8 months is ridiculous. Its as if you are talking about buying a boeing

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Honda Activa used to be a premium vehicle and the waiting time quoted used to be horrendous. But now you have so many alternatives like Suzuki Access, TVS Wego, Mahindra Duro/Rodeo etc. You might want to take a look at these too.

But if you are hell bent on getting an Activa, would suggest you to write to Honda on their website stating the long wait period. If you are lucky someone from Honda will surely respond and help the way out. All the best.
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Hey ghodlur,

Thanks for the suggestions!!

We had a look at Access, probably that could be the only worthy alternative to activa (personal opinion). I am not a big fan of Kinetic/Mahindra, also their vehicles are too small, my B-I-L and myself are both around 6 feet.

I really like the smooth honda engine, though access is equally good. Honda was favoured since the service center is in the vicinity.

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The latest!!

Honda activa was quoted to have a waiting period of 8 months. We went to book one for my bro - in - law, found it a little too much. But we didnt have too many alternatives.

Buying an activa is like booking a gas connection few decades back. really amazing. Not sure why honda is not pepping up the supply, I mean 8 months is ridiculous. Its as if you are talking about buying a boeing

Cheers!!
Kalesh

haha truly said, this waiting period is just game played by deler, give them 8-9 k you will get spot delivery, but yes the other options are far better than activa.Look at wego she beats activa in almost all departments.
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Guys, can anyone give me reviews on Rodeo? I found the features to be very good, but dont know anything about the running. Also, I found the vehicle to be vibrating too hard when idling (couldnt take a test drive though :( ).

Also, any suggestions for alternatives? The bike is for my wifey. Not looking at Honda as the waiting periods are plain ridiculous.
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Guys, can anyone give me reviews on Rodeo?
Also, any suggestions for alternatives? The bike is for my wifey. Not looking at Honda as the waiting periods are plain ridiculous.
Though not a Rodeo, we owned the Flyte for 2.5 years... I am guessing the Rodeo to be on a similar platform with a few minor changes.

The flyte had its fair share of good and bad. In a nut shell, we sold it off due to its very low FE and practically useless SVC.

The good bits were its Front telescopic shocks, high speed manners & ease of use in the city.
Bad bits outweigh the good in our case where in fuel tank was replaced twice due to leaks (a mfg. defect as claimed by SVC), mileage was never above 25-28kmpl even with very sane riding, travel range on a tankful was pathetic due to the small fuel tank coupled with low mileage & so on..

In the current crop of scoots, TVS Wego seems to be a good buy and is supposedly available with a wait period of 1-2 weeks in Bangalore.
Else you can also get the Suzuki Access but again wait period might be a deal breaker here.
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We have a real old Activa (don't remember the year). It was from the first lot. Has completed 55K Kms and used for roaming around in the city for errands and shopping. It has a few dents and needs a paint job. The plastics have faded and the headlamp lens is blackened. It also needs a new front tyre. The rear one was replace a few months ago. What i want to know is whether it is worth restoring it to stock condition or buying a new scooter. mechanically the scooter is fine. If buying new the choices are:
-Honda Dio
-Honda Activa (New)
-Honda Aviator
-Hero Honda Pleasure
-Suzuki Access
-Mahindra Rodeo
-Mahindra Duro
-TVS Wego

Please suggest. Alternatively I was considering the electric bikes from Yo or Hero.
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We have a real old Activa (don't remember the year). It was from the first lot. Has completed 55K Kms and used for roaming around in the city for errands and shopping. It has a few dents and needs a paint job. The plastics have faded and the headlamp lens is blackened. It also needs a new front tyre. The rear one was replace a few months ago. What i want to know is whether it is worth restoring it to stock condition or buying a new scooter. mechanically the scooter is fine. If buying new the choices are:
-Honda Dio
-Honda Activa (New)
-Honda Aviator
-Hero Honda Pleasure
-Suzuki Access
-Mahindra Rodeo
-Mahindra Duro
-TVS Wego

Please suggest. Alternatively I was considering the electric bikes from Yo or Hero.
Better to discard the old one since its beyond its life. I doubt if anybody would take for an exchange. Amongst the options you have my choices would be Activa (new), Access, Wego, Aviator in that order. I heard Dio would be phased out soon since its not generating the sales it was expected to. take the test drive of the suggested choices and narrow on the one that meets you requirement. If moolah is the restriction, you can try the pleasure or scooty pep+ etc.
Electric bikes - at the moment the infrastructure is not that good to support these bikes.
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