Essentially, the Vox is an overbored C90 clone engine wrapped in Honda Wave copy bodywork. In other-words, it is a 30 year old engine design with modern trimmings just like the majority of Chinese takes on the Wave theme. No bad thing in some ways but with certain limitations.mender wrote:
Hmm, I like my Vox but have occasionally wished it was a little more powerful and a little quicker, not to race but to keep up with traffic in certain circumstances whilst coping with my bulk. Paddling up to Brockhampton on the main A44 flat out at 40mph is a drag with 20 impatient commuters behind you, for example.
How different is the Innova with the EFI then?
Honda designed the Wave series to be pure road bikes which was a departure from the old dual purpose Cub as their primary markets had developed significantly in the last 30 years and consumers were wanting capable road only bikes rather than all terrain general purpose machines.
What they did to achieve this was to lengthen the engine's stroke significantly which increased low down torque allowing the gearing to be higher. Peak torque on the injected Innova is at 3000 rpm!
An injected Innova is geared for around 73 mph flat out (80 indicated) and because it doesn't go rich at the top end (instead relies on accurate fuelling and special heat proof internal components like a ceramic topped piston) it'll hold a steady 65-70 indicated on the flat and hum along nicely at 60 indicated.
The EFI allows an accurate mixture irrespective of fuel quality, catalysers and filtration whereas carb Cub engines traditionally go extra rich at full carb openings to help cool the engine...I
That extra speed makes the 125i quick enough to keep up on single carriageway 'A' roads easily and have enough speed to sit on a motorway and often use the middle lane to overtake slower traffic.
I looked at the Vox but went for a 2010 (3 year old) Innova instead....When it was nicked after a year...I bought another one...Same age !
Both of mine were/are fitted with screens and a top box