Motorcycles from 125cc are known for their fine blend of performance and mileage so does Honda Shine SP 2018. SP stands for special and as the name suggests is it worthy to be special ?. Being upgraded variant of Honda CB Shine it should contain some special features. So what are those ?.
Value for Money
Prices mentioned are the ex-showroom prices
10.6PS @ 7,500rpm
10.30N.m @ 5,500rpm
AIR COOLED ENGINE
DIGITAL ANALOG METER
SERVICE DUE INDICATOR
5 SPEED GEARBOX
|Low Fuel Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||No|
|Low Oil Indicator||No|
|Start Type||Electric / Kick Start|
|Brakes (F)||Disc 240mm|
|Brakes (R)||Drum 130mm|
|Rear Suspension||Spring loaded|
|Length x Width x Height||20007mm x 762mm x 1085mm|
|Kerb Weight||123Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)|
|Electrical System||12 volt - DC|
|Battery||12V 3Ah (MF)|
|Head Lamp||LED 12V 35/35W|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke|
|Power||10.16PS @ 7,500rpm|
|Torque||10.30Nm @ 5,500rpm|
|Air Filter Type||Viscous Paper Filter|
|Bore x Stroke||52.4mm x 57.8mm|
HONDA SHINE SP 2018 Videos
HONDA SHINE SP 2018 TEST RIDE & REVIEW
The most eye-catching aspect about Honda CB Shine SP is the sporty tank shroud, 3d Honda emblem on the wing and new refreshing sticker works. The 5 split alloy wheels is a real show stealer as it adds uniqueness to the overall design. The front section features sharp headlamp along with aggressive front visor. The rear section features both refreshing tail light and grab rail design. Rework is also evident in the side panels of the motorcycle.
Talking about build quality, switchgear, panels and paint quality is only just up to the mark and feels a little bit outdated. Fit and finish are surely premium with no places within motorcycle to pinpoint. Instrument console houses a stylish analogue speedometer, digital fuel-gauge and service due indicator and clock. Everything has a good feel in this motorcycle and almost meet the expectations.
Superior OPTIMAX 125cc air cooled, 4-stroke HET engine does spits out 10.6PS of power at 7,500rpm and 10.3Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. OPTIMAX engine works on the principle of OPTImum fuel input to MAXimize pickup & mileage output, which are the two critical factors in engine performance. Till 80km/h mark engine does not feel stressed at all and there is no decline in power. After that declination starts and takes time for the mill to respond as per acceleration inputs.
So this one does deal highway rides somewhat in good manner and city dwelling excellently. The 5-speed gearbox is a new one compared to older CB Shine and extra gear is a blessing in disguise for this one. Gear ratios are in such a way that the first three ones are short meant for city riding while the last two ones are for highway rides which are long. Shift quality and precision are impressive and Honda is a real master when it comes to gearbox designing and longevity.
SWINGARM DOES NEED IMPROVEMENT
Diamond type chassis with tubular steel swingarm forms the crux of the framework. Front side consists of telescopic forks while rear features spring loaded hydraulic type. While tubular steel swingarm does provide cost cuts, box section swingarm is the option to go ahead with due to immense ride quality improvements. The Honda CB Shine SP does handle all sorts of undulations, potholes and broken roads with confidence and overall setup is right on the mark.
Ergonomics is strictly upright with wide handlebars and footpegs placed in the middle. The seats are large enough for both rider and pillion and offer enough cushion. Longer wheelbase, low seat height and kerb weight results in improvement of composure and balance. The bite and feel from 240mm front disc brake are a bit soft in nature which affects confidence. But CBS (Combined Braking System) variant which applies both brakes on the application of only the rear brake does make things much safer.
NEEDED FEATURES ONLY
OPTIMAX engine and 5-speed gearbox are the major highlights of the Honda CB Shine SP. CBS feature in the braking department does take braking issues to the safer side. Refreshed instrument console setup adds an X-factor to features package. Low rolling resistance tubeless tyres do resolve puncture issues and enhance fuel efficiency.
HONDA SHINE SP 2018 VERDICT
Honda Shine SP 2018 does disappoint in some sections and there are misses here and there as a whole. Honda has actually added critical features that were missing in Honda CB Shine but nothing extra. Altering with styling aspects only does not convince customers as Indian commuters are smart enough to analyse. So my opinion – a definite improvement but not that deserving for extra pennies.
- OPTIMAX engine
- Combined Braking System
- Low rolling tubeless tyres
- Less confident front brake
- Tubular steel swingarm
- Slightly outdated build quality