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Boon Siew Honda today launched the 2016 Wave Dash FI, touted to be safer, more economical (by a claimed 10%), and more powerful. The previous Wave Dash was no slouch in the under-bone (kapchai) market, being popular amongst the younger crowd due to its price and styling.

The updated Wave Dash comes, as its model name suggests, with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), allowing for better fuel efficiency without losing anything in the get-up-and-go arena.

PGM-FI for small engines is not new for Honda, with the technology being present in their product range in other Asian markets from about a decade ago, but is now coming to the Malaysian market in a big way – it made its local debut on the Dream EX5 FI last year, and comes to the Wave range for the first time here.

The Wave Dash EFI has a 109 cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine, mainstay of Honda’s kapchai range since, well, about the time of the dinosaurs. The four-speed automatic gearbox with centrifugal clutch is also a familiar fixture, and instantly recognisable to any young lad who climbs on the bike. Power is claimed to be 8.38 hp at 7,500 rpm with torque rated at 8.42Nm at 6,000 rpm.

Things have improved though, with the Wave Dash now coming with a four-litre fuel tank, reducing fill-ups. There are disc brakes front and rear to take care of stopping. A single element halogen light is front and center, and position lights are new in the front fairing. The rear lights have been redesigned, allowing for better visibility to other road-users both day and night.

The 2016 Wave Dash EFI comes in three flavours – the single disc brake Type S at RM5,299, the dual disc brake Type R at RM5,549 and the Type R Repsol Edition with race-inspired graphics at RM5,699. The Type S and R are available in four colours – Vivacity Red, Vital Blue Metallic and Pearl Magellanic Black. The Type R Repsol comes only in Luminous Orange.