Remember the Honda Dio? An all-new model has just been launched in Japan

Who wants to see this here?
by Aris Ilagan for TopBikes.ph | Feb 17, 2021
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The Honda Dio first found its way to the Philippines back in the ’90s in the form of imported secondhand units. Then powered by a tiny 50cc engine, it easily captured the hearts of Pinoy riders with its simplicity and functionality. Who could ever forget its high-pitched buzzing sound, which grew a bit more menacing when the engine was revved to the redline?

In fact, many Dios ended up as stripped-down race machines because their engines were easy to modify and maintain. After a few years, though, the government tightened the rules on used motorbike importation, and before long, we didn’t hear much more about the Dio.

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Now, Honda has unleashed the 2021 Dio 110 in Japan. This time, it’s fitted with a bigger, more powerful 110cc air-cooled single-cylinder mill that produces 7.6hp and 9Nm of torque. It features a stylish instrument panel that shows information like speed, distance to empty, side-stand alert, economy mode, and fuel level. Many of the exterior components are blacked out to give off an aggressive, stealthy appearance.

Added features include LED lights, an engine immobilizer, a USB charging port, and start-stop and keyless-entry systems. The 18-liter under-seat compartment can accommodate a full-face helmet, with enough space to spare for the rider’s personal belongings. There’s also a little front cubby that can hold a 500ml bottle.

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Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic front fork and side-mounted rear shock absorbers. Stopping power, meanwhile, is provided by a single disc brake up front and a drum brake at the rear.

The new Dio 110 is offered in in four color schemes: Matte Galaxy Black Metallic, Descent Silver Metallic, Pearl Jasmine White, and Matte Stary Blue Metallic. Now, who wants to see this scooter here in the Philippines?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on . Minor edits have been made.

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