Scooters and mopeds are primarily designed to meet the needs of urban population, especially women. Automatic self-ignition technology with modern design, fuel efficiency, mileage and maintainable cubic capacity of the bike makes it a suitable drive for beginners, men and women of all ages. Two wheelers are easy to drive in the chaotic traffic of Indian roads, easy to maneuver and it is the convenient way of transport to commute on a daily basis. Scooters and mopeds are most suited for ladies because it can be handled easily, it has storage space, it can be driven wearing traditional clothes as well, it’s a safe drive and it comes in various cubic capacity of engine from 75 cc to 125 cc.
India is the only country where two wheelers of all kinds have a huge market. The market has wide options for scooters and mopeds and any women or girl can choose from the range which gives comfortable ride with good mileage. But amongst many models there few popular choices and the best performer in this segment.
Here are some of the top gearless vehicles for women:
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) is the top selling two wheeler brand in India. It Launched Activa in 2001 and it has been its star seller ever since. In 2017, the company has sold over 2 million units of the production and has made it to the top of the best selling bikes of the year. Activa is a gearless scooter that has evolved over the years in means of looks, design and technology upgrade.
Variants: Activa 3G (109 cc) – Rs.54, 360
Activa I (110cc) – Rs.50, 870
Activa 125 (125cc) – Rs.60, 885
Vespa is an Italian import that has been in the market since 1946. The emotion towards Vespa is something one wouldn’t see with other vehicles of that segment. It is one of the most sort after vehicle f 20th century and it still has a strong hold in the market. Initially the scooter was too bulky and heavy and it was one of the reason for drop in the sales numbers. But the company has evolved itself with time and is one of the most iconic bike for many generations now. Vespa is the luxurious scooter one can buy that is old school design with modern touch. It has an engine capacity of 125cc and offers a mileage of 45 kmpl, it is priced at Rs.77, 000 (ex-showroom). It is a little expensive when compared to the other vehicles in the segment but it is all worth it when you ride it.
The Japanese Company Yamaha is mainly into manufacturing motorcycles and it has manufactured some of the best bikes in the world. The interest towards scooters and mopeds is only a recent interest of the company to increase their share in the market. The biggest competitors for Yamaha in this segment is Hero and Honda and entry of Fascino will help them in achieving their target. Fascino is a sleek looking vehicle with cutting edge design and great finish with vibrant colors. It is very appealing to teenagers and who like riding stylish looking vehicle with great mileage and performance. It is an 113cc engine that offers 66 kmpl and it is priced at Rs.57, 922 (ex-showroom).
Access 125 is probably the only scooter that gave Honda Activa the toughest competition in this segment. It was launched in 2007 and in just one year, the sales roared like a lion giving Activa a run for its money. Access is the smoothest driving vehicle that gives you a sporty bike feel when one rides it. It gives a mileage of 64 kmpl at a top speed of 91 kmph. It is priced at Rs.59, 438 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and this is one of the best vehicle that is worth its money in this segment. It was initially a little bulkier but the company has improved its power and performance with modern technology that makes the engine lighter and easy to handle.
Honda Diois the teenager cousin of Honda Activa and this is true. While Activa became popular amongst working people, Dio became surprisingly famous amongst youth and teenagers. Every college going girl or boy had a Dio for its sleek and youth appealing features like trendy elements in its designs, dual tone paints with great mileage and power. It has an engine capacity of 109cc, air-cooled single cylinder, it is equipped with Combi-Brake System with huge storage capacity. Dio offers a mileage of 60 kmpl and is priced at Rs.51, 894. Dio is best suited for distance travelling within 30 kms per day.
Ray Zip is a sleek and sporty scooter that is packed with power and smooth drive. It has the best aerodynamic design and was mainly designed for women as it is a light weighted scooter with good mileage, braking system, storage space, etc. It is best suited for city roads and daily commuting. It has an engine capacity of 113cc and offers mileage of 43 kmpl and priced at Rs.50, 817 (ex-showroom).
It was launched in 2014 and ever since then this scooter has been a hot cake only with wheels. It is the second highest selling scooter after Activa currently in the country. Because of its amazing fuel economy and simple design, it is the top choice of many buyers. The company promises a mileage of 62 kmpl at top speed of 85 kmph. The engine capacity of the scooter is 109.7cc and is priced at Rs.49, 766 (ex-showroom). The scooter is available in 8 distinct colors with customization option.
TVS is the third largest and one of the oldest two-wheeler manufacturing company in the country. TVS Scooty Zest has an engine capacity of 109cc that offers a mileage of 62 kmpl and is priced at Rs.47, 300 (ex-showroom). Scooty Zest is the ideal vehicle for college going girls as it is light and easy on driving. It is also the only vehicle in 110cc category to have completed an expedition in Himalayan ranges.
It was a slow start but Aprilia has picked up in sales n the second half of the year. It is one of the fastest scooter without gear system in the country. It has an engine capacity of 154 cc and exhibits a power of 10.5 bhp. It is highly fuel efficient and offers a mileage of 53 kmpl at a speed of 100kmph. If it is the fastest gearless vehicle in this segment, then price of the vehicle will also be high. It is priced at Rs.75, 000 but if you are ready to spend a little extra this bike is totally worth it.
Like most of the TVS models, TVS Wego is also a comfortable and ideal option for working women and college going girls as it is light in weight, wide seating, and large storage and provides great balance while driving. It comes with a sync-brake system which works when either of the levers is pulled. It has an engine capacity of 110cc and offers 62 kms mileage per liter. It is priced at Rs.51, 084 (ex-showroom) and it is available 8 different tones.
Other popular two wheelers are Suzuki Let’s, Honda Aviator, TVS Scooty Pep plus, Mahindra Duro and Honda Grazia. Do a thorough research online and compare the prices and models on various websites, which will help you make an informed decision when you purchase the vehicle at the dealership. Researching online will also help you with negotiating the cost of the vehicle with the dealer and you can avail great discounts on most models, as this is the season of discounted sales and great offers on two wheelers. But purchase a vehicle that fulfills your requirement and is maintainable by you.