In the Indian two wheeler industry there are many scooters meant for the use of girls and working women. Such scooters are normally lightweight, and they can be handled and parked easily. There are many such scooters like the Honda Dio, the TVS Wego, the Bajaj Kristal, the Vespa VX, the TVS Scooty Pep, the Hero Pleasure and the Honda Activa. A comparison of the features of the two best selling 100 cc models, Hero Pleasure and Honda Activa, is being attempted here.
Hero Pleasure was originally launched in 2005 and it was updated in 2013. Honda Activa, launched in 2000, has been updated as Activa-I in 2013. The Pleasure, priced at Rupees 43,600 has a 102 cc, 7 ps and 8 NM torque engine. The Activa-I priced at Rupees 46,400 has a 109 cc, 8 ps and 9 NM torque engine. Both have carburetor type fuel system and CDI type ignition with one spark plug. Both have automatic transmission with dry type clutches.
Hero Pleasure has an all analogue console with a speedometer, a fuel gauge and a low fuel indicator. The all analogue console of the Atctiva has a speedometer, a trip meter, a fuel gauge, a tachometer and low fuel and low oil indicators. Both have electric starters. The bike has a 4 Ah battery with a 35 w reflector headlamps, 5 w tail lamp, 21 w brake lamp and turn signals. Honda Activa has a 3 Ah maintenance free battery with 35 w reflector type headlamp, LED tail lamp and turn signal.
Both the scooters have high rigidity under bone type chassis. The suspension of Pleasure is bottom link with spring loaded hydraulic damper at the front and swing arm with spring loaded hydraulic damper at the rear. Activa too has spring-loaded hydraulic dampers at both ends. Pleasure comes in several colours like orange, green, silver, purple, black, red and white, blue, white only and red. Honda Activa comes in Geny grey metallic, candy lucid red and metallic black.
Hero Pleasure weighing 104 kg is lighter than the 110 kg Activa. The ground clearance of Activa is 153 mm which is better than the 125 mm of Pleasure. The brakes are 130 mm drum type at both ends for both vehicles. The tyres are of 3.50×10”-51J size for Pleasure and of 90/100×10″-53Jspecification for Activa. The mileage and top speed of Pleasure are 49 kmpl and 77 kmph and that of Activa 55 kmpl and 85 kmph.
The ride quality and the greater range of colours are the plus points as far as Hero Pleasure is concerned. Its combo brake system and a better fuel efficiency are advantageous for the Honda Activa.