Fly 125 vs Air Blade 110 vs Nouvo 125 – Which bike do you choose?

Located in the mid-range scooter segment priced from 37 to 44 million VND. Each car is unique and has its own benefits, but when put on the “scale”, which product weighs more?

Nearly a year ago, when Honda preferentially launched its own Air Blade version for the Vietnamese market with very careful research on usage needs, it could be said to be the version most aimed at Vietnamese customers. because of its very practical functions.

However, in just the first 3 months of 2012, Piaggio launched the Fly product, and recently, Yamaha launched the 9th generation Nouvo product, those utilities are no longer just Honda’s. Now, customers can freely choose scooter products that are both beautiful and convenient, and it seems that there will be stronger competition from the three big players in the motorbike manufacturing and assembly industry in Vietnam. Vietnam.


Piaggio Fly has more feminine features because this product is actually aimed directly at women when deciding to lower the saddle height to 735 mm while that of Air Blade and Nouvo are 772 mm and 776 mm respectively. Of course, Piaggio’s lines are very sharp and sophisticated, with few unnecessary details and as expected of a product of the fashionable motorcycle company Piaggio.

Piaggio Fly 125 is suitable for women.

Meanwhile, Yamaha Nouvo has a very cool and truly different style when using many details with sharp lines, especially the front of the car. Finally, the Air Blade has a neutral shape, rounded lines showing “gentle” characteristics even though Honda has tried hard to create a very unique style for this product.

Honda Air Blade for many ages. Yamaha Nouvo SX is youthful and personality.

The dimensions of the 3 cars Air Blade, Nouvo, Fly are 1,890mm x 680mm x 1,100mm, 1,955mm x 705mm x 1,080mm, Fly 1,890 x 675 mm (no height specifications yet). So, in terms of size, Nouvo looks the most imposing, Fly is the neatest and Air Blade is in the middle.

Meanwhile, the dry weight of the three vehicles in the above order is 110 kg, 111 kg, 112 kg respectively. Thus, despite having the smallest size, Fly has the heaviest weight and largest fuel tank capacity of 6.6 liters compared to Air Blade/Nouvo which is 4.5 liters/4.3 liters. This is Fly’s disadvantage compared to the other two products when vehicle weight is a decisive factor in the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Evaluation: 1. Neutral customers of many ages will choose Honda Air Blade, 2. Young men who like differences will choose Yamaha Nouvo SX, 3. Women will choose Fly.

Technology and gadgets

Although it is a leader in equipping motorbikes with amenities, with the appearance of the new Fly and Nouvo, features such as electric kickstands, electric safety locks… are no longer unique to the new Air Blade. Just a few days ago, when we tested the Fly, it was surprising that the Fly was even more equipped than that, integrating both the engine shutdown function and passing lights.

Passing light switch (left) and engine stop switch (right).

Specifically, the Honda Air Blade has a wide and long trunk, so does the Fly, and now the Nouvo’s trunk is deeper, it can also accommodate up to 2 half-hats, but the Nouvo’s storage capacity is still the worst compared to the others. the two remaining opponents. Despite many improvements, for some reason Honda still does not design a hanger for the Air Blade, so when buying a car, customers have to buy an integrated storage rack. hanger.

Nouvo trunk Air Blade trunk Fly trunk.

Refueling the Fly and Air Blade is convenient because the fuel tank is brought forward while the Nouvo is still placed under the seat. Thus, refueling Fly and Air Blade is easier than Nouvo. If we consider the operation of opening the fuel tank cap, the Air Blade is the most convenient because it is equipped with a separate button right near the lock and the opening operation is very gentle and simple.

The Air Blade drum stand (left) and Piaggio Fly drum stand (right) are electric stands. If the drum stand is not lifted, the engine will not start.

While Air Blade and Fly are both equipped with a safety electric kickstand, Nouvo does not have this function. But opening the trunk of the Air Blade and Nouvo is electronic, Fly still uses the traditional key to open the back of the seat.

Nouvo (1) and Air Blade (2) unlock the saddle using an electric mechanism while Fly (3) still uses the traditional locking style.

Nouvo (1) and Fly (2) have hangers while Air Blade (3) requires additional shelves.

However, because the Air Blade was released nearly a year ago, when Nouvo was first launched, it had more respectable technology when Yamaha equipped a projector-type headlight plus a light source provided by halogen bulbs, it was clear that the Using this new design, Nouvo SX has provided a good light area for the driver when traveling in the dark. This is a plus point for this 9th generation Nouvo.

The new Yamaha Nouvo is equipped with many advanced technologies such as projector lights, digital dashboard…

Furthermore, the design of the information dashboard is also a modern design consisting of 2 parts, a traditional speedometer and next to it is an electronic information cluster about gasoline, instant fuel consumption, speedometer… A modern technology that is usually only seen in cars has now been re-applied by Yamaha to Nouvo, which is the Fuel Eco feature. This meter will report instantaneous fuel consumption at a certain speed, and also provide the distance that can be traveled with the remaining fuel level in the fuel tank. This can be said to be very useful information for users. Nouvo SX’s brake lights use 6 LED bulbs, the LED light will be a good warning information for people behind.

Review: 1. Yamaha Nouvo, 2. Honda Air Blade and 3. Piaggio Fly 125

Engine, operation

All three worthy products have applied electronic fuel injection technology. The 9th generation Yamaha Nouvo engine used is a 124 cc engine and equipped with YMJet-Fi electronic fuel injection technology, compression ratio 10.9:1. This is considered a race in terms of fuel economy between Yamaha and Honda in the Vietnamese market. This engine produces 7.78 kW of power at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 10.47 Nm at 6000 rpm.

Yamaha Nouvo has the advantage in acceleration.

Although the Piaggio Fly 125 is equipped with a LEADER engine with a cylinder capacity of 124 cc, the maximum power is 8.0 kW at 8,250 rpm, 0.22 kW greater than the Nouvo but the engine rpm is higher than the Nouvo, and maximum torque index reaches 9.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Meanwhile, Nouvo’s is 10.47 Nm at a lower rpm of 6,000 rpm. Thus, considering this index, Nouvo’s engine will be more optimal, better able to overcome obstacles and operate quieter than Fly. Those numbers also partly explain why Nouvo SX has better acceleration, which we will learn more about in the performance evaluation.

Meanwhile, standing out from this “internal force” competition is the Honda Air Blade engine with a capacity of 108 cc, electronic fuel injection EFI, maximum capacity of 6.7kW at 8,000 rpm, torque Maximum reaches 9.5 Nm at 6,000 rpm, compression ratio 11: 1. The advantage of smaller capacity may bring higher fuel economy compared to the other two competitors.

In terms of acceleration, Nouvo has a faster acceleration index than the other two products. Honda Air Blade operates quieter in forced idle mode, that is, when floating, followed by Fly and Nouvo.

When cornering or running slalom at a speed of 40 km/h, the Air Blade and Nouvo feel better and more flexible than the Fly. In this part of the test, the Fly seemed “a bit stiff” when performing the test. Maybe because the Piaggio Fly’s rear suspension system only includes a single shock absorber, it is weaker than the above two products.

When braking suddenly, the Air Blade and Nouvo have better deceleration than the Fly. The Fly’s brake lever is big but the braking feel is quite “stiff”. Honda Air Blade has a safe brake lock that helps the vehicle park on a slope without drifting if using this brake lock. In particular, equipped with a combined braking system (CBS), Honda Air Blade brings the safest feeling when braking.

Evaluate: 1. Yamaha Nouvo, 2. Honda Air Blade, 3. Piaggio Fly 125


We have not yet evaluated the value of use because both Piaggio Fly and Nouvo products are very new on the market. But in this aspect, traditionally, Honda Air Blade has the advantage in this feature.

With prices fluctuating around 37 to 38 million VND, Air Blade and Nouvo clearly have the advantage. But if you want a product that makes women look beautiful in any outfit, Fly will be a good choice. Of course, you will have to spend an additional cost of nearly 8 million VND for that.


Le Hung (according to PLXH)

Image: Huy Thang

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