The Honda Activa-based NAVi went out of production for a couple of months, prompting many to write the epitaph of this funky moto-scooter/monkey bike. Now though, the NAVi is back with a bang, with Honda re-introducing the 2019 edition of the moped with the Activa-derived combi braking system (CBS). CBS is now mandatory on all two wheelers sold in India with engine capacity less than 125cc. Two wheelers with engines bigger than 125cc now need to offer ABS as standard.
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Coming back to the 2019 Honda NAVi, it’s priced at Rs. 47,110, ex-showroom Delhi. This price represents a Rs. 1,500 increase over the non-CBS model, and represents a modest price hike that most customers will not mind paying considering the additional factor of safety this feature offers. CBS, or combi braking system, works by activating both the front and rear brakes even if a single brake lever is pressed. This results in shorter stopping distances by making braking more effective. Also, it reduces the possibility of skids. However, CBS is still not as effective as ABS, and is not an alternative to ABS. It’s a safety feature built to a cost, mainly for affordable two wheelers.
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