Targetted at the utility scooter segment in the 100 cc category, Boon Siew Honda, official distributors for Honda motorcycles in Malaysia, has launched the 2017 Honda BeAT. Designed for the young rider wanting basic, but sporty looking, transport, the Honda BeAT is priced at RM5,565.

Carrying a 108.2 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled engine, the Honda BeAT puts out 8.77 PS at 7,500 rpm. Transmission is via an automatic gearbox and V-belt.

Up front, a telescopic fork is used, while the rear end is suspended with an integrated swingarm suspension unit with non-adjustable single shock absorber. Braking is with a single hydraulic disc on the front wheel, while the back uses a leading-shoe drum brake.

New for this run-about scooter is Honda’s combined braking system – called Combi Brake System – which applies both the front and back brake when the brake lever is pulled. This has the effect of shortening braking distance, and was first seen on the 1983 Honda GL1100 Gold Wing.

Both electrical and kick-start is provided on the Honda BeAT, and the machine rolls on 14-inch wheels. Fuel is carried in a 4.0-litre fuel tank, and all up weight is 94 kg, with a 742 mm seat height that will accommodate all riders, especially the distaff side.

There are four colour schemes available for the Honda BeAT – Vital Metallic Blue, Pearl Magellanic Black, Viva City Red, and especially for the ladies, Angel Pink. Priced at RM5,565, including GST, the 2017 Honda BeAT comes with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.