The 125cc motorcycle segment in India has always stayed on the mediocre side of things. This is primarily due to the fact that while designing a motorcycle of such sorts, any manufacturer has two basic instincts in mind. First, the bike should not lose out on the simplicity and user friendliness of an entry-level commuter. Second, if possible, the bike should be developed in such a way that it comes across as a bit more premium than the stereotypical and boring 100cc or the 110cc breed for that matter.
It was just a matter of few years that no one ever imagined the term sportiness with this particular segment and 150cc category was the least that anyone could relate the mentioned term with. For that matter, Honda too was following the typical path with its standard CB Shine. Just when it realised that the bike has emerged as the best seller, the company decided to break the cliche idea and hence bring a major cosmetic makeover to the Shine. As a result, the Honda CB Shine SP was born which instantly took the title of the best looking 125cc motorcycle that India currently has at its disposal. To take the game one up, Honda has further upgraded this bike with a BS-IV engine and some added features.
So, just plain talks or there is more to the bike than just its handsome appearance? We find out.
2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS-IV – Design language
Lets get things straight! The Honda CB Shine SP is undoubtedly the most visually appealing 125cc motorcycle in India. This eye candy gets a Honda Livo inspired edgy headlamp section that indeed offers a sporty touch and is one of the biggest style highlights of this motorcycle. The fuel tank gets equally pleasing graphics and the 3D Honda wing logo adds up to the charm. The side panels in the Honda CB Shine SP are neatly finished and does not essentially look ‘left out’ like on most of the motorcycles in the respective segment and below it. The panel indicates BS-IV compliance along with the company’s HET (Honda Eco technology) hinting towards a better fuel economy.
Its red coloured shock absorbers offer some more treat to the eyes and look stylish. The rear end of this motorcycle ends up in a sophisticated fashion and the tail end with the convenient to hold rubber mounted body grab rail completes the overall profile of this motorcycle in elegance. The bike is drenched in an all black theme that has become a regular thing for every second bike in the market today. To sum it up, doesn’t matter from whatever angle you take a glance at it, the 2017 Honda CB Shine SP is an absolute looker.
2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS-IV – Engine and Performance
The Honda CB Shine SP has been fitted with the same 124.7cc engine that runs the standard CB Shine. As against the four-speed gearbox in the CB Shine, the transmission in the CB Shine SP is now a five-speed unit that works fine and helps in managing the power delivery more effectively. As compared to the Honda CB Shine, the engine in SP version produces a grunt at low rpms, thereby evoking a sporty feel while opening up the throttle.
The engine in the CB Shine SP cranks out a maximum power output of 10.16 bhp while the peak torque accounts for 10.30 Nm. The BS-IV transition has resulted in a very slight dip in power but that doesn’t get highlighted in its performance at all. The engine feels composed and supremely refined once you are cruising at decent speeds, thereby making daily city riding an easy affair.
2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS-IV – Ride and Handling
Bolted on a steel diamond frame, the Honda CB Shine is always known for its good handling characteristics and the CB Shine SP is no different. This motorcycle handles really well in tight city traffic like an obedient commuter and hence, deals with the hassle of the peak hours quite impressively. Riding position on the Honda CB Shine SP is quite upright, which translates to a comfortable riding and sitting position for both, the rider as well as the pillion. What supports this riding pleasure is the suspension set up that is present in the form of conventional telescopic forks up front along with five-step adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear, that have been set aptly to handle the harsh Indian roads intelligently on a daily basis.
The 2017 Honda CB Shine SP came fitted with 80/100 section tyres that offer a decent grip. The MRF rubber comes mounted over stylish 18-inch alloy wheels that look sporty. The rear tyre may come across as a bit skinny to some but it has been fitted keeping low rolling resistance and fuel economy in mind.
2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS-IV – Features
To start off with, the new Honda CB Shine SP gets an optional 240mm disc brake up front that comes with a Nissin calliper to bring it to a halt as and when required. Besides, what the Shine SP gains over the standard CB Shine is the sporty analog digital cockpit that houses a trip meter too. This proves handy when you are going long distances or when you have to calculate the fuel economy of the bike. Another interesting highlight of the Honda CB Shine SP is the inclusion of the company’s patented CBS (Combi Braking System) facility that automatically applies both brakes when the rider presses the rear brake lever only. This ensures safe braking.
2017 Honda CB Shine SP BS-IV – Verdict
At a starting price of INR 60,914 for the standard version and INR 65,414 for the top-of-the-line disc brake CBS trim (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi), the Honda CB Shine SP may seem a bit expensive to some, keeping in mind the segment it falls in. Let me put it this way. You can buy a couple of 150cc motorcycles like the Bajaj V15 and the Hero Achiever at a price less than the top end trim of the CB Shine SP. However, if you still choose to invest in the CB Shine SP, what you get is indeed the best 125cc bike in India with a promise of a pure engine refinement, a commendable fuel economy and looks that can put any other budget friendly bike to shame. Instead of making the CB Shine SP more of an affordable offering, Honda has tried giving an option of a premium commuter to its audience. This bike can be a perfect pick for you if you are a youngster and are planning to buy a sporty and a practical commuter for your daily rides to your college and back. After all, style does matter, isn’t it!