- Published On: 5 April 2017
- 3 min read
Honda has followed its successful 125cc Shine with a stylish looking bike in the Stunner.
In this cutthroat segment, manufacturers fight tooth and nail to attract customers. Honda even added a second 125cc to its family after the success of its 125cc Shine. The 125cc segment is basically all about value and economy. But there is a section of people within this segment who are willing to pay little extra for that added zing. Enter the Stunner.
On the outside
The CBF is big for a 125cc bike - its shape is gorgeous and it’s got racy lines. The six-spoke alloy rims and front mudguard design give it a sportier appearance. The neatly integrated tank cowl and large fuel tank give this bike a beefy stance. The instruments look elegant and are easy to read. The huge, speedo is flanked by a trip-counter and fuel gauge, apart from the normal warning icons. A manual choke puller sits underneath the instruments. The handlebar, clutch and brake levers are black powder-coated to add to its rugged appeal.
This bike also comes with a passlight flasher and push-to-cancel indicators. True to Honda’s nature, the switches are quality and work with wonderful affirmative clicks, the grips feel good, and so does the sporty-looking stepped seat. There’s a tiny lockable storage bay under the rear seat for your knick-knacks. So, in the looks department this Honda is, well, stunning.
The engine of the new Honda is a modified version of the air-cooled and four-stroke, 124.7cc engine it shares with the Shine. The single-cylinder motor is geared more towards performance than the one on the Shine. The CBF engine make 11bhp at 8000rpm and maximum torque of 11Nm at 6500rpm. Its five-speed gearbox shifts with just the ideal feel and weight, and its light clutch feels just right too. The bike is largely vibe-free and sophisticated as any contemporary Honda and pulls smoothly from lower down in the rev range. This bike loves to be revved, a whole lot more than the Shine.
From the saddle
This bike has been tweaked to be more exciting to ride. The footrests on the CBF have moved further to the rear, while its handlebar now is a bit lower. Its somewhat sporty weight-forward stance makes for an exhilarating riding experience. The CBF uses tubeless tyres made by TVS for both front and rear. The bike feels quite steady and stays planted to the straight line, and also when you press that able and strong 240mm front disc brake hard. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the company claims a mileage of 60kpl.
Is it worth the money?
The new Honda CBF Stunner is, like its name suggests, a stunner. This invigorating Honda is a good entry point for young sportsbike enthusiasts. The Stunner’s spot-on ergonomics and neat handling all come together to do a sparkling job. Plus, you don’t have to worry about wear and tear since it’s a Honda and the company makes bikes that are built to last.