Hero Splendor Plus Vs Honda Shine 100

  • May 5, 2023
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How does Honda’s latest 100cc commuter stack up against the country’s best selling bike, at least on paper?

With the launch of Shine 100, Honda has a lot of big plans with this product. The company is tired of being in the 2nd position and now is all set to climb up the ladder and dethrone the highest selling motorcycle in the country, the Splendor+. With almost identical performance figures the Shine 100 certainly has the Splendor+ in its sights, but how does it fare in every other way on the spec sheet



Hero Splendor+

Honda Shine 100


97.2cc, Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 2-valve engine

98.98cc, Single-cylinder, Air-cooled, 1-valve engine


8.02PS @ 8000 rpm

7.38PS @ 7500 rpm


8.05Nm @ 6000 rpm

8.05Nm @ 5000 rpm




Honda Shine 100 is a completely new product built from the ground up with an engine that’s meant to replace the famed Honda “sloper” across the globe soon.. The Splendor+ on the other hand, is still using the same old “sloper” motor (built under license from Honda) with some minor updates over the years such as a switch to fuel injection to keep up with the latest emissions norms.. Both the engines have almost identical power figures with the Shine’s engine closely benchmarked to the Hero SPlendor’s engine. But in theory, there should be a difference in real world performance, as Honda claims the Shine 100 has the best power to weight ratio in the segment. 



Hero Splendor+

Honda Shine 100


Tubular Double Cradle

Diamond Type

Front suspension

Telescopic Fork

Telescopic Fork

Rear suspension

Twin Shock Absorbers with  5-Step Preload Adjustment

Twin Shock Absorbers

Front brake

130mm Drum 

130mm Drum

Rear brake

130mm Drum, Integrated Braking System

110mm Drum,

Combined Braking System

Front tyre

80/100-18 M/C 47P (Tubeless)

2.75 - 17 41P (Tube Type)

Rear tyre

80/100-18 M/C 54P (Tubeless)

3.00 - 17 50P (Tube Type)

The Hero Splendor+ is already a nimble motorcycle weighing just 112 kgs, which has made it an ideal city commuter for almost three decades. However Honda with its new diamond frame chassis and light weight engine, has managed to keep the Shine 100’s weight under 100kgs making it 12 kg lighter. On the suspension side both the bikes get Telescopic fork in the front and twin shock absorbers in the rear. The brakes on this segment of bikes are generally quite basic, and both bikes get a drum brake setup as standard, with a 130mm drum up front on both. But while the Splendor gets a 130mm drum at the rear too, the Shine makes do with a smaller 110mm unit. One thing of note here is that while both bikes come with alloy wheels as standard, the Splendor+ offers tubeless tyres as standard while the Shine 100 gets tube type ones. At least in this department, the Splendor is the better choice.



Hero Splendor+

Honda Shine 100




Ground clearance



Fuel tank capacity



Seat height



Kerb weight



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The Honda Shine 100 and Hero Splendor+ are ideal city commuters with a manageable seat height of 785 mm, however Honda claims the Shine 100 gets a longer and wider seat which should make it more comfortable for both rider and pillion. With a similar ground clearance of 160+ mm city commute should be hassle free and you wouldn't go wrong with either of them.



Bike 1

Bike 2

Feature 1

Side Stand Indicator

Side Stand Engine Cut- Off

Feature 2

I3s Technology

Esp technology

Feature 3



Feature wise both the bikes get standard tech such as electric start and side stand engine - cut off feature however they do lack on other bells and whistles. If you want more features you can check our top spec Hero Splendor review here.  

Price & Verdict

Hero Splendor+

Honda Shine 100

Rs. 72,462

Rs 64,500     

If you are in the market for an affordable, refined, comfortable and low maintenance bike, then the Honda Shine 100 could be an option to consider. Whereas the Splendor+ is in the  market for nearly three decades and has its own legacy with a loyal-customer base that might not want to consider other alternatives and will choose the Splendor again.

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