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Here’s How The BS6 Version Of India’s Best Selling 125cc Bike Differs From Its Predecessor


Honda has equipped the new Shine BS6 with a host of both mechanical and feature upgrades to make it a better proposition than the BS4 model

Shine BS6 differences

Shortly after launching the Dio BS6, Honda has now launched the new Shine BS6. Apart from a cleaner engine Honda has equipped the motorcycle with a variety of nifty updates, both mechanical and cosmetic. Here’s what they are all about:

Pricing:

Shine BS6 price

Variants

Honda Shine BS6

Honda CB Shine BS4

Price premium for the Shine BS6

Drum

Rs 67,857

Rs 59,990

Rs 7,867

Disc

Rs 72,557

Rs 64,650

Rs 7,907

All prices ex-showroom Delhi.

Honda says the Shine BS6 will start arriving at dealerships by the end of this month. So expect deliveries to commence soon after. It is available in four colours whereas the BS4-compliant Honda CB Shine is available in six.

More powerful powertrain:

Shine BS6 engine

Specifications

Honda Shine BS6

Honda CB Shine BS4

Engine

124cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected motor

124.73cc single-cylinder air-cooled carburetted motor

Bore x Stroke

50mm x 63.1mm

52.4mm x 57.8mm

Peak power

10.7PS at 7500rpm

10.3PS at 7500rpm

Maximum torque

11Nm at 6000rpm

10.3Nm at 5500rpm

Transmission

5-speed

4-speed

The BS6 124cc fuel-injected engine gets a longer stroke than its carburetted BS4 predecessor. This ensures better low-end performance, crucial for a city-oriented commuter motorcycle like the Shine. More importantly, it is not only slightly more powerful but also a little torquier.

Another major feature in the Honda Shine BS6 is the inclusion of a 5-speed transmission. This should improve the motorcycle’s mileage considerably, particularly on the highway. While the BS4 CB Shine lacked any fancy features, the BS6 model gets a silent start system to ensure the engine is cranked quickly and silently. It uses the same AC generator that charges the battery to crank up the engine, eliminating the need for a separate starter motor, so there are no gear meshing noises either.

The BS6 Shine also comes with friction reduction technology and a swing back feature for efficient motor start up. Honda claims the new motor offers 14 per cent more mileage than the BS4-compliant CB Shine.

Same underpinnings...

Shine BS6 suspension

Both the Honda Shine BS6 and the CB Shine BS4 share the same telescopic front fork and twin 5-step preload adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. The brakes are the same too. They get a 130mm drum on both ends. A front 240mm disc is available as a separate variant. The 80-section low rolling resistance tyres are common on both the bikes too. These tyres are designed to offer more mileage at the expense of outright grip.

But different dimensions:

BS4 Shine dimensions

Specifications

Honda Shine BS6

Honda CB Shine BS4

Wheelbase

1285mm

1266mm

Ground clearance

162mm

157mm

Kerb weight

115kg

123kg

Fuel tank capacity

10.5 litres

10.5 litres

LxWxH

2046mm x 737mm x 1116mm

2012mm x 762mm x 1090mm

Honda has tweaked the diamond type frame to offer longer wheelbase and ground clearance. A longer wheelbase means more straight line stability. The higher ground clearance will come in handy while going over bad roads.

Interestingly, Honda has reduced the weight by a considerable 8kg. This should help in extracting more mileage and at the same time aid the dynamics of the motorcycle.

Feature changes:

Shine features

While the BS6 Shine has retained the conservative design genes, Honda has tweaked it a bit to make the bike look fresher. The side panels have been redesigned and the tail section has also witnessed a subtle facelift. The analogue instrument cluster has been reworked and the fuel tank cap is now hinged. While the older Shine had a conventional pass beam trigger, it is now integrated into the high-low beam switch. There's a 27mm longer seat for extra comfort too. Also, the BS6 bike gets an engine kill switch, a welcome addition. For a more stable light output, the halogen headlamp is now of DC type.

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