- Published On: 11 April 2017
- 2 min read
Honda’s 125cc contender treads the same path as the successful Unicorn.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India’s (HMSI) second bike for India, the Shine, hit shelves in April 2006. It’s a significant bike for Honda.
On the outside
The new Honda comes in twin-colour codes with a tidy front fairing that resembles the one on its bigger brother, the Unicorn’s beak. The Shine’s instruments look plain, but the bike has Honda-typical neat switches. Its hefty and cleverly-chiselled fuel tank comes with well-designed recesses for your knee to tuck into and a familiar filler-cap in chrome. Capable of holding 11 litres of fuel, this tank blends into boomerang-shaped side panels that lead backwards into a smooth brake-warning lamp. The grab rail is straightforward and non-alloy. There’s a shiny chrome silencer that comes with a heat shield.
The bike’s four-stroke, air-cooled and single-cylinder engine is broadly a scaled down version of the Unicorn power plant. Power output is 10.3bhp at 7500rpm, a full bhp lower than its direct competitor, Bajaj’s Discover. The 124.6cc Shine engine offers refinement typical of a Honda. The heel-and-toe shift operated gearbox is a four-speed unit and shifts in an all-up pattern. Its punchy power delivery low in the power band is a much-needed feature on Indian city roads.
The Shine’s slightly taller gearing allows it to hold higher velocity at lower engine speeds to stay as fuel-efficient as possible. Claimed mileage is a sensible 65kpl, which is good for this segment. At the front, there are telescopic forks for suspension, while the rear has hydraulic twin-shocks, spoke-equipped rims and a tubular swingarm. Puncture resistant 2.75 x 18 inch tyres are the norm front and rear.
From the saddle
You sit visibly upright and the seat is broad and feels well-padded to touch. The Shine sells with a front disc brake and comes in red, blue, purple, grey or an attractive black paint scheme.
Is it worth the money?
Although it’s a good bike on its own, the Shine enters its segment priced significantly higher than the class-leading Bajaj Discover. It will be a test for the company to get customers to opt for the reliable Honda badge over its competition.