Only marginally expensive than the Navi and Cliq (as of early-2020), the Honda CD 110 Dream is the Japanese manufacturer’s most affordable motorcycle for the country, and sensing our country’s two-wheeler space, it seems like Honda’s hit the bullseye with this one.

But how? First and foremost, the CD 110 Dream does not look like a bare-bones commuter. Don’t get me wrong, the commuter-esque design and appeal is there, but the Honda still manages to look far more stylish than its mainstream rivals. Take, for instance, the headlamp, which is a lot curvier and merges better with the cowl from the segment standpoint. The fuel tank is also a bit beefier with scooping for better thigh support. Even the livery doesn’t appeal to be overdone.

Secondly, it still appears to be a familiar commuter without emphasising much on styling and appeal, which a lot of consumers in this segment associate themselves with. More reasons? Well, have a look for yourself.

Engine

A look at the brochure reveals a BS-IV compliant single-cylinder 109cc engine that’s good for 8.31bhp and 9.09Nm of torque. As of early-2020, Honda has not revealed any plans for the engine’s transition to meet the BS-VI emission norms. Nevertheless, the engine is extremely refined right from idle and it’s so smooth, it’s hard to fault it for the effortless riding nature. The power is transferred to the rear wheel via a four-speed gearbox.

Specifications

From the segment standpoint, it’s hard not to commend Honda on manufacturing a motorcycle that nails the styling part without a sacrifice on familiarity. Going by the numbers, the bike is 2,043mm in length, 737mm in width, and 1,084mm in height. Other than that, it has a wheelbase of 1,258mm, ground clearance of 179mm, and a seat height of 820mm. The kerb weight, on the other hand, is a decent 109kg.

Fuel tank capacity

As per ARAI, the Honda CD 110 Dream is capable of delivering a respectable 65km/l. The fuel tank, on the other hand, is just 8-litres in capacity.

Mechanical parts

Since it is a commuter, the CD 110 Dream serves its purpose of a calm and soft ride as you pin it in and out of traffic. The diamond frame chassis works well and the suspension duties are held by telescopic forks at the front and spring loaded hydraulic shock at the rear. Moreover, the bike makes do with 80/100-18 tyres on both ends. Braking hardware, as standard, comprises 130mm drums at the front and rear.

Features

As expected from this segment, the Honda CD 110 Dream does not bring any fancy electronics or screens to the table. The instrument cluster here is a twin-pod unit, segregated into an analogue speedometer on the left and a fuel gauge on the other. The tachometer, however, is a sore miss. On the electrical front, too, the bike makes do with conventional bulbs. As per safety mandate, though, CBS is standard across the range.

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