Honda Shine Joins The Quiet Revolution

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  • Feb 20, 2020
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Gets a new BS6-compliant 125cc motor, which is 14 per cent more fuel-efficient

  • Also features an ACG starter motor, start/stop switch, and more ground clearance.
  • Gets a new 5-speed transmission and updated graphics.
  • Offered in two variants: drum and disc.

Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda Motorcycle and Scooters has launched the BS6-compliant Shine in India. It gets a starting price of Rs 67, 857 (ex-showroom Delhi), which is a premium of Rs 7,867 over the BS4 drum variant. While that’s a steep hike, Honda has thrown in a number of extra goodies to make the asking price worthwhile. This includes extra features as well as mechanical and cosmetic updates. The BS6 Shine is available in four colours: Black, Geny Grey Metallic, Rebel Red Metallic and Athletic Blue Metallic.

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The bike gets a new BS6-compliant 125cc motor, which, according to Honda, is 14 per cent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model. Though we haven't ridden the bike, we believe the improvement could be due to the inclusion of fuel-injection and a new 5-speed transmission. Surprisingly, the new engine also makes more power and torque compared to the outgoing model -- 10.7PS at 7500rpm and 11Nm at 6000rpm. The BS4 model, for reference, produces 10.3PS at 7500rpm and 10.30Nm at 5500rpm.

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Notably, the Shine now comes with an ACG starter motor, which offers extremely silent, almost noiseless starts and a start/stop switch. On the cosmetic front, the Shine BS6 gets a new DC headlamp, tail light, a revised instrument console design, new graphics, and chrome highlights on the headlamp visor and side panels. The seat, on the other hand, is 27mm longer and sits flush with the fuel tank.

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Updates extend to the bike’s underpinnings as well. Though the Shine's hardware remains unchanged, its wheelbase has been increased by 19mm (1285mm) and it sits higher than before thanks to 5mm (162mm) extra ground clearance. The changes should improve the overall stability and balance of the bike. It retains the same suspension and braking setup as before.

For added peace of mind, Honda is offering six years (three years standard + three years optional) of extended warranty on BS6 Shine. The bike goes toe-to-toe against the Hero Super Splendor and Bajaj Discover 125.

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