In these trying times, more Filipinos are turning to two wheels for transportation. Motorcycles, especially small displacement models, are affordable, easy to park, and light on gas, not to mention offer great mobility to commuters.
So, where does one begin to look for a ride that meets those criteria? The Honda BeAT might be a good place to start. This scooter is tantalizingly low-priced, economical on gas, and packed with features for the modern rider.
Here are a few reasons the BeAT is worthy contender for your next daily riding companion:
1) It’s approachable
With a low seat height, a predictable engine, 93kg curb weight, and simple controls, the BeAT is user-friendly in every way, even for beginners. Thanks to its approachable image and starting price (P67,400), convincing your parent or partner to let you get the scooter will be easy. With almost no complications, it’s a good option for first-time motorcyclists.
2) It’s reliable
Honda’s engines have a reputation for being bulletproof, and with good reason. When properly maintained, these mills won’t give you a headache on the road. The same is true for the BeAT’s 108cc 4-stroke, SOHC single-cylinder engine. This small powerplant has less cause for concern than other engines, and will go on without much abuse. Other components that add to dependability are tubeless tires (no need for inner tubes) and a kickstarter (in case the electric starter fails).
3) Honda didn’t skimp on features
Honda didn’t cheap out on the BeAT, instead gaving it a few niceties out of the factory. A semi-digital instrument cluster puts it ahead of fully-analog competitors, and provides all necessary info. A side stand killswitch comes standard for safety and faster parking; a key shutter adds a level of security; and an 11-liter underseat storage space accommodates more of your items.
4) It’s fuel-efficient
With current fuel prices, more people are considering scooters for daily errands. The BeAt is outstanding with a claimed 63.7 km/L fuel consumption figure for the premium variant plus Intelligent Stop Start. With its 4-liter fuel tank, range should be in the ballpark of 250km—more than enough for a week of use around town. Standard consumption should also not be far off, so you can rest easy knowing that you need not stress about gas.
5) It’s fun and stylish
A light curb weight means that you can play around in corners and go on weekend leisure trips. Passenger accommodations allow your significant other to join your adventures, while the scooter’s sharp looks and variety of colors lets you take pride in its design. All work and no play makes for a dull rider after all, so it helps that the BeAT is down to have fun, too.
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