Honda Shine Review
One of the Best 125cc Bikes in IndiaThursday, October 24, 2013
Honda Motor Company, Limited is a Japanese multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturing company which was founded in September 1948 in Hamamatsu, Japan by Takeo Fujisawa and Soichiro Honda. Since 1959, it is the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world along with Internal Combustion Engines. It has its headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is also the 2nd largest automobile manufacturer of Japan and eighth largest of the world in 2011. It has played a great role in many aspects of engineering with its team of intuitive experts and formidable technology. In India also, Honda is regarded among the top motorcycle manufacturing companies and has given a lot of great bikes to the market under the name of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI). Honda Shine was first introduced in Indian market in 2006 and had a lot of fan following and is currently discontinued to give way to its predecessors. The current generation variant is sold as ‘CB Shine’.
Honda Shine had a smooth and aerodynamic body style with ERGO-TEC technology for easy handling, better stability and superior riding comfort, a stylish and aerodynamic front cowl with bright multi-reflector headlight and side indicators, a primary kick with smooth action, nicely positioned handle bar with black colored rear view mirrors, 11 litres of fuel tank capacity with 1.3 litres for reserve, stylish new-age body graphics, fuel tank knee grip for comfortable sitting, nice tank to seat flow, muffler incline, wide and comfortable seat, 18-inch black alloy wheels with tires having TUFF-UP tubes which reduces puncture possibility by 70% and an intense tail lamp. The bike had a length of 2014mm, a width of 762mm and a height of 1071mm as its dimension and a large wheelbase of 1266mm for a stable ride. It has a good ground clearance of 175mm and a wet weight of 121kgs.
Honda Shine had a 124.7cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, CV carburettor, Air-cooled; Advanced Design Diamond Frame Chassis type, OHC based engine with a maximum power of 10.3 bhp at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 11 Nm at 5500 rpm and has a 4-speed constant-mesh gearbox transmission. It gives a top speed of 95-100kmph and reaches 0-60kmph mark in 5.3 seconds with a company claimed mileage of 65kmpl. The commuter bike had 130mm diameter Non-asbestos drum brakes at both the front and rear wheels. The suspension system consists of Telescopic Fork at front and 3-Step Spring Loaded Hydraulic Shock Absorber at rear.
Honda Shine was available in a few shades which include Wild Purple Metallic, Geny Grey Metallic, Vibrant Blue Metallic, Black with Grey Stripes and Black with Blue Stripes. The ex-showroom, Delhi price of this commuter was around INR 48,000. Overall, Honda Shine was a nice product from Honda with its good performing engine, fuel economy and comfortable ride.