Honda Dio

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Honda Dio
Honda Dio HET 2013.jpg
2013 HET model
Manufacturer1988–1996 Honda
since 1996 HMSI
Also calledHonda Lead
Parent companyHonda Motor Co., Ltd.
SuccessorHonda Dio DLX & DX
Engine110 cc (6.7 cu in), SOHC, four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder
Bore / stroke50 mm × 55.6 mm (1.97 in × 2.19 in)
Compression ratio9.5:1
Top speed85 km/h (53 mph)[citation needed]
Ignition typeElectric start
Frame typeUnderbone
SuspensionSpring-loaded hydraulic type
BrakesDrum (130 mm (5.1 in)) with combined braking system (CBS)
Rake, trail27˚30', 92 mm
Wheelbase1,238 mm (48.7 in)
DimensionsL: 1,781 mm (70.1 in)
W: 710 mm (28 in)
H: 1,133 mm (44.6 in)
Seat height765 mm (30.1 in)
Weight105 kg (231 lb)[citation needed] (dry)
Fuel capacity5.3 litres (1.2 imp gal; 1.4 US gal)
Oil capacity1.0 litre (0.22 imp gal; 0.26 US gal)
Fuel consumption60 km/L (170 mpg‑imp; 140 mpg‑US)

The Honda Dio is a motor scooter made by Honda from 1988–1996 and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) since 1996. It was introduced in Japan in January 1988. It is now manufactured and assembled in India by Honda's HMSI subsidiary, from where it is exported to UK as the Honda Lead. The Dio is equipped with cushioned seats and an under-seat storage box up to 18 litres.

Model history and specifications[edit]

The Japanese Dio was equipped with the two-stroke 50 cc (3.1 cu in) AF18E single-cylinder engine with electric start. It is superficially similar to the USA-only Honda "Elite S”. The Japanese Honda Dio was sold in 17 different models, and used the model code “af” with numbers from 18~35 e.g.: af28, it also has huge aftermarket support therefore, has been widely known in the Asian scooter scene.

Later versions in some markets were equipped with a 102 cc (6.2 cu in) air-cooled, four-stroke, V8, OHC engine with both electric self-start and kick start. This model was not exported to the USA.

The Indian version has a 6-litre (1.3 imp gal; 1.6 US gal) fuel tank, of which one litre is reserve, and the Japanese version has a 4-litre (0.88 imp gal; 1.1 US gal) fuel tank with no reserve.

In 2012, HMSI launched a new Dio at Auto Expo in India. It has a new 110 cc (6.7 cu in) engine, which also runs Honda's Activa and Aviator. It also has a new look and new headlight.

The 2013 HMSI Dio had claimed improvements in fuel efficiency and combined brakes.[1]

In 2017, Honda launched the revamped version of the Dio, complying with Bharat Standard - IV (BS-IV) Emissions regulations, featuring a redesigned speedometer design, along with the inclusion of an LED headlight. Later in 2018, Honda launched the Dio DX, featuring digital speedometer and power seats, while retaining the look of the 2017 model.


  • Scooter of the year 2003 (BBC)[2]



  1. ^, IMH : BS (2018-12-21). "Honda Activa HET is a fuel efficient scooter".
  2. ^ "Awards - | Honda". Retrieved 2018-12-21.

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