When you are out for a perfect daily commuter which offers you the best of both the worlds of performance and fuel efficiency at the same time, the segment of 125cc commuters is the one to watch out for. And this segment is incomplete without the Honda CB Shine.

Since its first launch almost a decade ago, the Honda CB Shine has gone on to become the topmost grosser in the 125cc segment regarding volumes and has been consistently finding a place in top ten selling motorcycles till date.

The motorcycle has received constant updates throughout its life span till date, including a more premium version christened as CB Shine SP. However, it is the CB Shine DX, the last proper update still being the volume churner for Honda in India.

The motorcycle has yet again received another update, which includes a couple of minor cosmetic add-ons, new additional colour options and few small but noticeable mechanical upgrades. Let’s have a look at what all changes the new CB Shine DX has received:-

STYLING


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When the Honda CB Shine was launched for the first time, it didn’t have a much distinctive design in its favour and looked almost like another 100-110cc motorcycle in the market out there. However, the motorcycle received mild changes few years after its launch, in the form of black alloy wheels, black treatment to the engine and livelier body decals, which made the bike look much more premium than before.

Almost two years ago, when Honda launched the CB Shine DX as the first ever proper makeover for the motorcycle. It came up with a refreshing looking design which was an effective tweaked out one of the first generation models of the CB Shine. The motorcycle still manages to look fresher than the competition put upon its face, which is why it seems that Honda hasn’t paid much attention in tweaking its design furthermore.

There are a few bits taken over by the CB Shine DX that launched two years ago – headlamp with revamped biking fairing, good old fuel tank, redesigned side body cowls with faux aluminium finish bits and the rear tail section with body coloured single piece pillion grab rail. Though, as an update, Honda has fitted the new CB Shine DX with the auto headlamp on (AHO) feature and chrome finished muffler for the exhaust pipe, unlike the black coloured one on the previous generation model.

The instrument console too has been retained with the same layout from the last update of the CB Shine DX. The twin pod analogue cluster gets a speedometer and odometer on the left side, and fuel gauge on the right side with the primary telltale lights stacked in a small housing between both the pods. Considering the competition becoming a bit more upmarket and premium, Honda could have introduced a part-digital instrument console on the CB Shine DX, considering the fact that its competitors have begun to incorporate this feature. Also, there is no engine kill switch on offer even on this new update, which makes it feel a bit spartan.

Overall, the cosmetic changes on the new CB Shine DX are purely negligible. However, the motorcycle still looks fresh and premium by Honda standards.

Overall Dimension

Make Model2017 Honda CB Shine DXTVS PhoenixHero Glamour
Length2012mm1985mm2005mm
Width762mm740mm735mm
Height1090mm1065mm1070mm
Wheelbase1266mm1265mm1265mm
Seat height790mm785mm790mm
Wet weight123kg116kg130kg

POWERTRAIN

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The new CB Shine DX retains the single cylinder, air cooled, 124.7cc engine from the standard Shine sold till date. Treated now with the Honda Eco Technology (HET) as well as Honda’s internationally acclaimed Optimax technology, this four-stroke engine now develops a marginally lower 11 bhp at 7500 rpm of maximum power and 10.3 Nm at 5500 rpm of maximum torque.

The engine might have become low on power, which might be felt, especially when the revs rise. The engine, however, now feels slightly more refined and torquier in the mid-range, which has been done to achieve higher fuel efficiency as well as to become compliant to the new BS-IV norms.

This 125cc engine has always been praised for being a sheer refined unit, which remains almost silent on idle. The engine continues to be on the fine line between power and efficiency and has a strong mid-range for quick and effortless commuting within the city peripherals as well as on the occasional long distance rides. Like before, the engine continues to be mated to the four-speed gearbox, with slick and precise shifts.

Engine Specification

Make Model2017 Honda CB Shine DXTVS PhoenixHero Glamour
Capacity cc124.7124.5124.7
Bore/ Stroke mm52.4/57.853/5752.4/57.8
Output11 bhp @ 7500 rpm11 bhp @ 8000 rpm10 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Torque10 Nm @ 5500 rpm11 Nm @ 5500 rpm10 Nm @ 7000 rpm
TypeAir cooled, 4 stroke, SI engineAir Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI EngineAir cooled, 4 – stroke single cylinder OHC
Clutch typeWet- MultiplateWet- MultiplateWet- Multiplate
Transmission4-speed5-speed4-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

With this new update, Honda has introduced the Ergo Tec design on the CB Shine DX, which has made the overall chassis lighter with the help of a more rugged but lighter-in-weight diamond frame and retuned suspension. The rest of the mechanical hardware persists in the same manner as before. The hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and adjustable hydraulic coil springs at the rear are inclined on a softer side to make this commuter a comfortable machine to ride on the bad sections of the roads.
Drum brakes on both the wheels are equipped with standard units for halting duties.

However, the bike continues to offer the optional front disc brake and Honda’s specific Combi-Braking System, a system which applies both the front and rear brakes on the application of rear brake lever, enhance the braking experience of the CB Shine DX.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model2017 Honda CB Shine DXTVS PhoenixHero Glamour
Suspension / FrontTelescopic forkTelescopic Oil DampedTelescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
Suspension / RearSpring loaded hydraulic typeTwin, 5 Step Adjustable Monotube Inverted Gas Filled Canister Shocks With Series SpringSwing Arm with Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Brakes / Front240mm Disc 2-Piston Radial Fixed Calliper240mm Disc 2-Piston Radial Fixed Calliper240mm Disc 2-Piston Radial Fixed Calliper
Brakes / Rear130 mm Drum130 mm Drum130 mm Drum
Tyres / Front80/100 R182.75 – 172.75 x 18 – 42 P/ 4 PR
Tyres / Rear80/100 R1790/90 R173.00 x 18 – 52 P/ 6 PR

PRICE

The changes on the new CB Shine DX are very minimal, which is why Honda hasn’t increased the prices of the motorcycle with this new update. All the variants now come with self-start as standard equipment. The base variant, which comes with drum brakes at both front and rear, has been priced at ?55799. Above the base model is positioned the variant which comes with a front disc brake also, and bears a price tag of ? 58125. The top of the line variant, which comes with front disc brake and Combi Braking System, will set the customers back by ? 61047 (all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi).

Apart from the minor cosmetic and mechanical changes, Honda has also added some new colour options to the new CB Shine DX. The motorcycle will now be available in a total of seven colour options – Black, Mapple Brown Metallic, Geny Grey Metallic, Rebel Red, Sports Red, Pearl Amazing White and Athletic Blue Metallic.

COMPETITION

As mentioned before, the CB Shine has been the most consistent performer in its segment of 125cc motorcycles. Over the years, the CB Shine has been ranked as a premium 125cc commuter, which in recent years, has found one more motorcycle as competition in the form of TVS Phoenix 125 and the Hero MotoCorp’s Glamour.

TVS Phoenix 124

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Like the CB Shine, the TVS Phoenix 125 too got a major cosmetic upgrade back in 2015, which made the motorcycle much more premium than before. In terms of features, however, it is the Phoenix 125 which holds the lead, by offering some very premium features like fully digital instrument console, petal disc brakes, engine kill switch, gas charged rear suspension, vehicle locator key and more.

The TVS Phoenix 125 is powered by a single cylinder, air cooled, a 124.53cc engine which pumps out 11 PS of maximum power and 10.8 Nm of maximum torque. In terms of refinement and smoothness, the Honda mill easily trumps that of the TVS Phoenix 125, but in terms of performance at higher rpm, the Phoenix 125 offers it to you slightly more effortlessly than the CB Shine SP.

The suspension of the Phoenix 125 is slightly better than the CB Shine SP, courtesy the gas-charged coil springs at the rear of the former. Both the motorcycles come with optional front disc brake, but the Combi-Braking System on the CB Shine SP makes the braking of the Honda motorcycle a bit more effective. The Phoenix will cost you ?55899.

Hero Glamour

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Post the success of the Super Splendor, Hero understood that apart from the usual segment of 100cc motorcycles, the segment of 125cc motorcycles too has got the potential to form a premium category of commuter without compromising much on sales numbers and fuel efficiency. Thus, progressing ahead, it soon came up with yet another 125cc offering, the Glamour, which was (and still is) positioned above the Super Splendor as a more premium offering, which focuses more on aesthetics.

While the first generation Glamour had a ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ front fascia, the new Glamour has a rather likeable face, while the rest of the design from head to toe has been unchanged ever since its inception in the market, except for the changes done to body decals. The four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 124.7cc engine has been shared with the Super Splendor, in the same state of tune – 10 bhp of maximum power and 10.35 Nm of maximum torque. The motorcycle is available in two versions – while the drum brake variant carries a price tag of ?56175, the disc brake variant is priced at ?58175.

Verdict

Needless to say, the CB Shine was the one motorcycle which gave Honda an identity in the motorcycle market of India. In this latest avatar in the form of the refreshed CB Shine DX, the motorcycle has lifted the benchmarks for its competitors with an upgraded and sportier look, more refined and powerful engine and a higher fuel efficiency.

Sure the motorcycle is now substantially pricier than its previous model and has lost some amount of power for complying to the BS-IV norms, but being a high-quality motorcycle, it’s a very small compromise to make. Considering the basics of a 125cc motorcycle, the CB Shine has always managed to tick all the right boxes in the past, and the new CB Shine DX continues to do the same.