The 100-125cc commuter space is often considered as the simplest segment in comparison to the bikes of other segment but this notion has been proved wrong by the eminent two-wheeler manufacturing companies of our country. Companies like Yamaha, Bajaj, and Honda have contributed some performance packed as well as stylish bikes in this segment, which have received immense popularity and good response from the buyers thus forming a huge competition amongst the bikes of the same category. Honda’s 125cc commuter bike Honda CB Shine was launched here in India in the year 2006, since then this bike has been a consistent performer and in turn this has helped Honda to buy itself the tag of a serious two- wheeler manufacturer.

It was seen that after its launch, Honda CB Shine did not take much time to secure its position among the 125cc bikes and with Shine, Honda made a strong ground for itself in this section. Since CB Shine holds a very important place in Honda’s two-wheeler portfolio, the company has modified the bike and has re-launched it in two new cool shades. Honda CB Shine has been fitted with an air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine which produces a maximum power of 10.12bhp at 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 10.54Nm at 5500rpm. Let us explore more about this bike.

2012 Honda CB Shine
  • Year: 2012
  • Make: Honda
  • Model: CB
  • Engine: 4-stroke, air-cooled, SI
  • Transmission: 4 speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 10 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM: 7 @ 5500
  • Energy: Carburetor
  • Displacement: 125 cc
  • Top Speed: 62 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 55316


2012 Honda CB Shine
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Honda CB Shine visually is a smart and sober looking bike ideal for regular maneuvering on the city roads, by its design it is clear that Honda has targeted the middle aged males of the country mainly. It would not be wrong to say that Honda has created such a mark in people’s mind so far with its two-wheeler line-ups that a few people shows concern over their styling now. Honda Shine resembles with its sibling the more powerful Honda Unicorn, the front has the powerful headlamp which helps the rider at dark, above the headlamp a visor has been added that looks aerodynamic. The palm grips and the rear view mirrors looks usefull and stylish too, the turn indicators are placed in twin separate pods which are commonly seen among the other bikes of this class. The instrument cluster of this bike does not require much mention because it is way too simple with analogue speedometer and odometer combined with a fuel gauge. The fuel tank wears stylish graphics along with a 3D emblem of the company, ergonomics are also quite praiseworthy and because of the comfortable sitting posture, you may go for long rides too. At the rear there is a body colored grab rail, a rear lamp, the rear wheel has been provided with a fender also. There are some glaring problems with the styling part that Honda needs to correct as soon as possible like the quality of plastic used in the switchgears, the blind spot of the mirrors, the headlamp also because while slowing down it dims and fades very quickly. Apart from all these, the bike looks decent and modest.

The overall dimension of the motorcycle has been provided below:


Engine and Performance

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Honda CB Shine has been powered by an air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine with a displacement of 124.7cc which produces a maximum power of 10.12bhp at 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 10.54Nm at 5500rpm. This drive train is mated with a 4-speed gearbox; the engine is smooth and refined, does not produce any harsh sound and is economical too as Honda claims 65kmpl of mileage. The engine is responsive and it takes about 5sec to reach a speed of 60kmph, the engine offers a smooth accleartion which remains steady up to 80kmph mark but beyond it the bike turns a bit unstable mainly due to the thin tyres at the rear.

The lack of fifth gear could be felt as soon as you reach a speed up to 50kmph as 4-speed gear is not enough for the engine of the bike. The engine performs smoothly even at lower speeds and the gear shift also feels precise. Further the presence of viscous paper filter in the engine reduces the need of frequent maintenance and also enhances the engines performance.

Specification table of engine is given below:

TYPE Air cooled, 4 stroke, SI
BORE X STROKE 52.4mm X 57.86mm
POWER 10.12bhp @ 7500rpm
TORQUE 10.54Nm @ 5500rpm
FUEL SYSTEM Carburetor
STARTING SYSTEM Kick & Electric Start
LUBRICATION Forced Pressure and Wet Pump
AIR FILTER Viscous Paper Filter

Ride and Handling

2012 Honda CB Shine
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Honda CB Shine is built on an advanced design diamond frame which makes the bike strong and keeps it sturdy. The bike has been fitted with spring loaded hydraulic type suspension for its front and rear, the suspension system is quite stiff and thus the rider may feel stressed after riding it for some time. No doubt that the stability offered by the bike while riding in a straight line is good but while cornering, it’s the opposite.

However, braking system of Honda CB Shine is great, the front has disc brakes(optional) while the rear has the drum brakes which are responsive and brings the bike to a halt in no time. The soft seats and well positioned handlebars offers a nice riding position for commuting easily within the traffic congested city roads as well as in long journeys. The thin tyres pose problem while moving through wet roads as they makes the rider to lose confidence. Problems apart, Honda CB Shine is a nice bike to ride on.

FRAME TYPE Advanced design Diamond Frame
FRONT SUSPENSION Spring loaded hydraulic type
REAR SUSPENSION Spring loaded hydraulic type
FRONT TYRE Tubeless Tyres, 80/100
REAR TYRE Tubeless Tyres, 80/100
FRONT BRAKE Disc 240mm dia
REAR BRAKE Drum brakes-130mm


Honda CB Shine is available in following variants and prices:

CB Shine Self-Disc-Alloy – Rs. 55, 316
CB Shine Kick-Drum-Spoke – Rs. 48, 523
CB Shine Self-Drum-Alloy – Rs. 52,172

Honda CB Shine is available with following hues:

  • Force Metallic Silver
  • Black
  • Geny Grey Metallic
  • Rebel Red Metallic
  • Monsoon Grey Metallic


Honda CB Shine competes with many 125cc bikes in the market but among them, Bajaj Discover 125 is its main rival.

Bajaj Discover 125 DTSi

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Bajaj Discover 125 and Honda CB Shine shares the same 125cc segment in the market though both of these bikes have different target audiences in the country. Bajaj Discover 125 is more stylish than Honda CB Shine and has been added with latest technological features, these will attract much young buyers in India. Performance wise, Bajaj 125cc loses to Honda Shine which has retained it consistent performance in the segment amidst nail biting competitions.

Specifications of both the bikes are given below:

{} Honda CB Shine Bajaj Discover 125 DTSi
Engine 4-stroke, air-cooled, SI, 125cc Single cylinder, 4-stroke, air cooled, DTS-i,125cc
Power 10.12bhp @ 7500rpm 11PS @ 8000rpm
Torque 10.54Nm @ 5500rpm 10.8Nm @ 5500rpm


2012 Honda CB Shine
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Honda in today’s date boasts some well built bikes with which they have penetrated into almost all the biking segment of the country. Honda has gained the capability to woo various types of consumers with its two wheelers; the most appreciative move of Honda is that they never forget to upgrade their old bikes with latest technologies. Honda CB Shine has helped the name of its company Shine with its performance. The look of the bike has been kept simple but the engine is refined and ride is comfortable. It could be said that Honda Shine is a ideal vehicle which could be brought at a reasonable price for daily commuting on the city roads.


“The light and petite Honda isn’t however a bike engineered for highway excursions, and is one we thus leave at home when venturing outside city boundaries. The bodywork is showing some small signs of wear, which we admit though as partly our fault for having no choice but to frequently leave the bike parked exposed to unduly harsh Mumbai elements. Yet, switches remain the only major grouse with this bike, as after a heavy monsoon its horn seems to have developed a mind of its own. But then these are minor niggles which are associated with most bikes, and I will wholeheartedly recommend this bike to anybody looking for an effective, quality tool for urban commuting.” – Autocar India

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  • * The plastic quality of gear switches.
  • * Thin Tyres

Source: Honda CB Shine


Press Release

Strengthening its market leadership position in the 125cc motorcycle segment; Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India Ltd (HMSI) has unveiled the refreshed CB Shine. The new CB Shine now comes with a new colour and stylish body graphics in all colours.

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Honda entered the 125cc motorcycle segment with the introduction of CB Shine in 2006. The motorcycle was well appreciated as a model that delivered performance and mileage and was also decently stylish. Since then, the Company has been acknowledging customer needs by introducing new changes in the model from time to time.

CB Shine now comes in 2 new colours - Force Silver Metallic and Monsoon Grey Metallic. CB Shine will continue to be available in its popular existing colours - Black, Geny Grey Metallic and Rebel Red Metallic. Further upping the style quotient of the bike, the new CB Shine now comes with new standout graphics on the fuel tank.

CB Shine’s peak power of 10.3 BHP and Mileage of 65 km/ltr provide out-of-class engine performance with great initial and overtaking acceleration. With its added capability to develop high torque at low rpm, the Honda engine ensures smooth ride while optional disc brakes deliver greater braking confidence and controlled riding.

Upping the comfort and convenience for the rider are features like Maintenance-Free battery (which ensures hassle-free ride and lesser maintenance cost), the Viscous Air Filter (which reduces overall maintenance cost) and Honda patented Tuff-up Tubes (which reduces chances of immediate deflation).

Together enhancing the premium image of the bike are the handle bar weights, vivid body colour grab, stylish mirror design, all black engine and the premium 3D Honda Wing mark placed on the fuel tank of CB Shine.

The Ergo–tech design of CB Shine takes due care of rider’s comfort while providing easy handling and superior riding comfort. The bike’s 3 step spring loaded hydraulic shockers give superior shock absorption capability while the light weight, advanced design diamond frame distributes load evenly to provide extra stability to the rider.

In its refreshed avatar, the new CB Shine will soon be available in 3 variants: Spoke wheels with drum brakes (with tuff-up tube), Alloy wheels with drum brakes (with tubeless tyres) and Alloy wheels with Disc brakes (with tubeless tyres).

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