Text and photos by Iñigo S. Roces
Geared toward young riders, particularly millennials, it should come as no surprise that Honda’s all-new BeAT scooter is just a s vibrant and tech savvy as its target market.
Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), took the wraps off its entry-level automatic (AT) scooter to show off how it has been revised with new colors, stickers, and smart features.
Like its stablemates in the Gen-S lineup, the new BeAT finally receives the Honda Smart Technology suite. The suite includes the enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine, the idling stop system (ISS), and a Combined Brake System (CBS).
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The new BeAT is easy to distinguish from its predecessor with a new headlight cluster and bold new colors. Its new stickers feature a new stripe pattern on the front and a carbon fiber look on the rear. All variants ride on new matte black cast wheels on 90mm tires. Speed and fuel are displayed on a new semi-digital instrument cluster.
Powering the revised BeAT is a 110cc air-cooled engine with fuel injection. It boasts of a fuel consumption figures as high as 63 km/L (on the CBS-ISS variant). It’s paired with a V-matic automatic transmission that delivers power to the real wheels via a monoshock – unit swing arm. It’s brought to a stop with a ventilated cross-drilled disc in front and a leading trailing drum brake in the rear. It’s easy to park with both a sidestand and centerstand.
The BeAT is offered in two variants: the Standard (P63,900) and the CBS-ISS (P69,900). Both variants are equipped with the new fuel injected 110cc eSP engine with a quieter ACG starter with electric and kickstart modes. There’s also an Eco-indicator on the cluster to show when the rider is operating the scooter at its most efficient. The Standard features a handbrake lock on the left handlebar.
The CBS-ISS model is equipped with the idling stop system (ISS), which turns off the engine when the motorcycle is idling to conserve fuel. Pull the throttle and it quickly starts up again. This function can be turned-off with a switch on the handlebar if desired. It also features the Combined Brake System (CBS), which allows the rider to balance both front and rear brakes with one hand by using the left brake lever.
The new BeAT is available in Winning Red (red-black combination), Ross White, and Black for the Standard variants and in Winning Red (red-white combination), Vivid Blue Metallic, and Space Magenta Metallic for the CBS-ISS variants.
“The young generation plays a crucial role in shaping the future. Thus, Honda is pioneering innovation that intelligently blends design that caters to the modern taste of the youth,” said Daiki Mihara, President of Honda Philippines during the launch.
The new BeAT is now available at Honda dealers nationwide. Honda has also prepared a line of original accessories for those that want to customize their bikes upon purchase.