For thrill-seekers, there is nothing exciting about the Honda Wave 100. But for commuters and entrepreneurs that are looking for a reliable daily transporter or delivery motorcycle, the Wave 100 is a great choice that is cheap and effectively gets the job done.
The Honda Wave 100 is very attractive for practical riders as it is extremely effortless to ride and feels just like a bicycle. Spacing between the handle bars and seats are ample enough that up to two passengers of any size can sit comfortably. Its light body weight and very narrow turning radius also allow the Wave 100 to maneuver through bumper to bumper traffic unlike bigger sport bikes and cruisers.
Controls on the Wave 100 are fairly simple to use and most functions, like starting the engine, can be done with a light push of a button. The Wave 100 also has a semi-automatic transmission that does not require the use of clutch to shift gears, allowing for easier operation.
Acceleration is decent but slow enough not to shock inexperienced riders off the bike. However, more seasoned riders may find it insufficient and lacking. While the Wave 100 is technically capable of reaching 100kmh, the sound produced by the 4 stroke 100cc motor at speeds over 60kmh will scare reasonable riders into slowing down. Handling is also very sluggish and easily disrupted by small gusts of wind at high speeds due to the light weight. Fortunately, both the front and rear tires are fitted with drum brakes that are very responsive.
At Php51,000 the Honda Wave 100 is the cheapest scooter produced by any of the big four Japanese brands. For an additional Php4,000, most dealers will even include a helmet, tool kit, registration and comprehensive insurance as part of the sales package. Its fuel consumption is also cheap-the gas tank holds a maximum of 3.7 liters and costs less than Php200 to fill. As the Wave 100 can go over 100kms before needing a refill, each kilometer traveled only consumes less than 2 pesos worth of gas!
To keep the Wave 100 in good running condition also does not require much work and money. Most dealers only provide a 1 year warranty but that should not be a problem as parts are widely available and inexpensive. Oil change is recommended to be done every 1500k, or every 3000km when using fully synthetic oil.
It may not be the fastest or greatest looking motorcycle built, but as a practical daily transporter, there is nothing in the market that can beat the Honda Wave 100.