The new, basic, budget Honda Vision scooter is a realistic choice for commuting on two wheels. It’s designed to use a minimal amount of fuel, with a low purchase price and for getting you around town quickly and efficiently, not for the occasional track day, off-road excursion or weekend away. The single headline figure that shows you can’t come close with four wheels is the claimed economy of 140mpg.
This figure demands restraint with the throttle – not easy when you have just 108cc of air-cooled engine pushing you along – but you’ll find 120mpg easily achievable. OK, so you’ll need to refuel after about 150 miles, but when doing so costs just £7.50 it’s almost going to be a pleasure, not a chore.
In general, performance is good. Top speed is about 50mph, depending on wind direction and incline, but the Vision moves smartly enough from stationary not to embarrass you when the lights turn green after you’ve wriggled to the front of the traffic queue. The throttle response is sharp, too – some automatic scooters have a significant delay between twisting the throttle and the power arriving at the back wheel, which can make tight manoeuvres awkward.
In fact, as long as you can ride a bicycle, the Vision should present no difficulty at all. As well as having no clutch or gears to worry about, the brakes are like a bicycle’s, operated by handlebar levers. The right one operates the front and rear stoppers in tandem via Honda’s CBS (Combined Braking System), which changes the front-to-rear braking balance according to how much you squeeze the lever. It simply stops without fuss whatever you do.
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