Honda CBF Stunner : Roadtest
The world of 125cc motorcycles is fast gaining popularity in India and the big H is all set to make its presence felt in this segment. Varad More finds out whether the new Honda CBF Stunner is ready for the challenge it faces
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s (HMSI) latest offering, the CBF Stunner, speaks well about the company’s newly adopted approach towards the Indian two-wheeler bazaar and that’s good news for all Honda fanatics. The CBF Stunner (named as if to out-dazzle or out gun the competition isn’t very clear!) is not merely a cosmetic upgrade over the dull looks of the Shine, but a more focused machine for the segment that it will play in. The 125cc segment is the new emerging class wherein the buyer expects more than just good fuel efficiency and low-cost maintenance. Aesthetics play a major role in the purchase decision and so does value for money.
The CBF Stunner is a complete looker and it outshines every other 125cc bike in the styling department. The freshly designed tank with functional knee-recesses provide perfect grip for the thighs and look great. The console holds an analogue speedometer and a fuel gauge with the usual tell-tale lights. The switchgear quality is not up to the mark and on our test bike, the starter switch got stuck every time that we thumbed it. The choke switch placed upfront is a severe poke in the eye and it should have been incorporated on the left hand side of the handlebar for convenient use to the rider. A tachometer was a must on such a sporty motorcycle, but the blokes at Honda decided to do away with it to keep the costs under check. The halogen bulb for the headlight and increased under-seat storage space means that the Stunner manages to strike the balance between every day practicality and some spirited riding for the weekends. The snazzy split-seat gels perfectly with Stunner’s sporty character and, Honda’s idea to fasten two individual panels instead of one complete piece, serve the purpose of giving that sharp edgy look to the rear cowl.
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