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Test Drive: Honda Click 150i Scooter

Say what you will about them, but scooters are a great way to get around. They’re quick, pass traffic easily, and are incredibly easy to ride. Honda has always delivered great little city scooters, and recently, they sent us the Click 150i to take for a spin. Can it hold its own against other entries in this highly competitive market? We got to find out.

Design: 4/5

The Click 150i looks sharp. The dark, matte paint, angled fairings, and accents lend themselves to a look that lets you know it’s more than a simple commuter. The little splash of orange keeps things interesting, and a high tail at the rear end makes the overall package look a little sportier than the average scoot. Cast wheels complete the package, for a ride that’s got a fair bit of edge to it.

Hardware: 4/5

The heart of the Click 150i is a 149.3 cc four-stroke, SOHC, fuel-injected engine. Electric and kick starting give you the best of both worlds, and combination brakes activate both the front and rear disc brakes make sure you have enough stopping power to handle the 9.3 kW the scooter produces at 8,500 RPM. With a dry weight of 106 kg, that’s more than a lot of power to get you moving. A low seat height of 765 mm keeps ride comfortable, and a 5.5 liter fuel tank makes sure you have plenty of range.

User Experience: 4.5/5

The one thing I can immediately say about the Click 150i is that it’s fast. Crack open the throttle, and the little 150cc engine spins up quick, but smoothly, and before you know it, you’re going faster than you intended. It’s not racing fast, but there’s more than enough zip to overtake, or get you out of a sticky situation. Fortunately, there’s a lot of braking available as well. Grabbing a fistful of brake lever will bring you to a quick halt. While there’s a lot of braking power available, I would have appreciated better feedback from the braking system. As it stands, the feeling is a little dull, with a sudden engagement near the end. It isn’t terrible, but it certainly takes some getting used to. There’s going to be a bit of jerkiness at the start of your riding.

The levels of comfort on the Click 150i are great. There’s a wide seat with plenty of cushioning, and a large stepboard that lets you move around a little bit. It’s surprising, given how sharp the bike looks, but this is a little scoot that you can really settle into. Once you do need to stop, you can pop open the underseat storage to reveal enough room for a XXL modular helmet—something I really haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing for a while now.

A small feature that you’ll be thankful for, particularly in large parking lots packed with other scooters, is the callback system. The key fob has a button that makes the bike give a helpful series of beeps, letting you know where it is when lost in a sea of other two-wheelers. Should you forget exactly where you parked, this could spell the difference between wandering around aimlessly, and getting on your bike and going. It’s a nice little touch that saved me a bunch of time on a few occasions.

Another thing I appreciated was the wind protection. Late at night, when you have enough road to travel at a fairly brisk pace, the fairings and a modest windscreen throw the air off to the side and over your head, though any taller than my own 5’3 frame might get a faceful of wind. You can even manage to stay dry against a little bit of rain, as long as you’re moving.

The little scoot can be thirsty though. This is a function of both having a larger engine, and being so much fun to ride briskly. It does have a large tank to make up for it, just don’t trust the fuel gauge too much, as it fluctuates wildly, as can be expected from little scooters. Overall though, the extra fuel consumption can be offset with more self-control, and it’s always good to have that little bit of extra displacement should you need it.

Value: 4/5

For an SRP of PHP 91,000, the Click 150i is a lot of bike. Fuel injection, high levels of comfort, and an enjoyable twist-and-go experience put it up there along with my favorite little scooters. This is a serious contender for a great daily commuter.

What’s Hot:

– Comfortable

– Fun

– Reasonably priced

What’s Not:

– Brakes could be a little better

Bottomline:

It does what every good commuter should, in a zippy, comfy package.

Also published in GADGETS MAGAZINE July 2018 Issue.

Reviewed and photos by Ren Alcantara

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