2022 Honda Navi First Look

John Burns
by John Burns

What this country needs is a good $1,807 Honda

We’ve all been there. You want a new motorcycle, but you’re scared a Grom might be a little too much for you to handle. A man’s got to know his limitations, as Clint Eastwood famously said (but he also meant woman, child, and all other people however they identify).

Honda says its Navi is just the thing, then, nicely splitting the difference between the bigger, faster Grom and the smaller, less powerful Ruckus. Its 109.2 cc engine gives it plenty of pep, while its low seat, 236-pound weight, full-auto transmission, and built-in storage mean it couldn’t be simpler to operate, or more convenient for short hops.

The coolest part might be the kickstarter. Or, it might be the $1,807 bottom line. Like, that’s probably cheaper than catching the bus. And you almost couldn’t have a smaller carbon footprint than 110 mpg.

Anyway, the Navi seems like a great way to ease into motorcycling, if you’re just easing into it. Or, a great little runabout for when you don’t want to fire up the Gold Wing. It’s already been available in other parts of the world since 2016, but ironically, it’s now discontinued in India where it was first introduced only to resurface here.

Honda also announced the following 2022 models: Gold Wing, NC750X, Rebel 1100, Fury, and CBR600RR.

Honda Press Release:

Grasshopper Green

American Honda confirmed today that the Navi miniMOTO will be offered in the U.S. market for the 2022 model year. Small, accessible, enjoyable and priced extremely competitively, the Navi appeals to a wide range of customers, especially those just learning to ride. The model has a fuel-efficient, user-friendly 110cc engine and an automatic transmission – so no shift lever or clutch lever.
Grasshopper Green, grasshopper

The look is sporty and fun, and the seat has a low, 30.1 inch height, so most riders can touch the ground with both feet. The combination is a bike that’s nimble for navigating city traffic, easy to carry on an RV bumper rack and lightweight to simplify maneuvering into tight parking spots. There’s even a storage bin for stowing a jacket, snack or textbooks. Already very popular in some markets, the Navi is now available in the United States.

Storage for several cheese sandwiches. Do kids still have textbooks?

“From the original Cub to the Grom, Honda has a proud legacy of producing miniMOTO models that open doors to new riders, and the Navi is set to extend that trend even further,” said Brandon Wilson, Sports & Experiential Manager at American Honda. “This miniMOTO checks all the boxes for new riders, like simple operation, a fun design, low operating costs and Honda reliability – all for well under $2,000. We’re pleased to make motorcycling possible for more riders by offering the Navi in the U.S.”

Ranger Green

The Navi will be on display at this weekend’s IMS Outdoors motorcycle show in Costa Mesa, California, where it will also be among the models included in the Motorcycle Industry Council’s Ride With Us Moto Intro experience, giving new riders an opportunity to try motorcycling.

Nut Brown?

Honda also confirmed the return of five additional on-road models for the new model year: the Gold Wing tourer and NC750X adventure tourer, the Rebel 1100 and Fury cruisers, and the CBR600RR sport bike. Most of these models are available in multiple trim levels, and some are offered in new colors for 2022.


Somewhat of a mix between Honda’s Ruckus and Grom (each of which is popular enough to have developed its own subculture), the Navi has the styling of a motorcycle and some convenience features of a scooter, including Honda’s V-Matic automatic transmission – just twist the throttle to go! It’s all wrapped up in an appealing miniMOTO package that’s fun and easy to personalize, for example with Honda Accessory graphics produced in collaboration with Icon.

The Navi also has an amazingly low MSRP and gas-sipping performance, putting it within reach of almost any customer. With Honda’s proven quality and reliability, it’s also a dependable way to get around town – far more convenient than public transportation or carpooling. There’s never been a better way for new riders to discover just how enjoyable, convenient and practical motorcycling can be.

  • MSRP: $1,807
  • Colors: Red; Grasshopper Green; Nut Brown; Ranger Green
  • Availability: January 2022 (February in California)

2022 Honda Navi Specifications

Engine Type109.2cc fan-cooled four-stroke 80º single cylinder w/ eSP friction-reducing technology
Valve TrainOHC; two-valve
Bore x Stroke55.0 mm x 55.6 mm
Compression Ratio9.5:1
InductionCarburetor w/ 16 mm bore
IgnitionFull transistorized
StarterElectric (w/ kickstart backup)
DrivelineBelt final drive
TransmissionV-Matic CVT
ClutchAutomatic centrifugal dry
Front Suspension26.8 mm telescopic inverted fork; 3.9 inches travel
Rear SuspensionSingle shock mounted on left side; 2.8 inches travel
Front BrakeSingle mechanical 130 mm drum, w/ parking brake
Rear BrakeSingle mechanical 130 mm drum
Front Tire90/90-12
Rear Tire90/100-10
Rake (castor angle)27.5º
Trail3.2 inches
Length71.1 inches
Width29.1 inches
Height41.1 inches
Seat Height30.1 inches
Ground Clearance6.1 inches
Wheelbase50.6 inches
Fuel Capacity0.9 gallons
Curb Weight236 lbs. (claimed)
ColorsRed; Grasshopper Green; Nut Brown; Ranger Green

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  • CeruleanET CeruleanET on Nov 20, 2021

    "109.2 cc of spunk"

    John, you *really* need to change that sub-heading. 🤦‍♂️

  • Ivo Ruest Ivo Ruest on Nov 23, 2021

    We've had this for ages down in Guatemala. And let me tell you, this cheap bike is not fit for the US. It can barely reach 40mph and quality is substandard. Made in India it comes out of the same plant as many other replicas for private labels and they are all extremely cheap sold at $1,000 or less locally. As former owner of one of these I personally would not recommend it.