Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125: Family Feud

Which of these two new BS6 125cc Honda motorcycles should you go for?

 Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud

After launching the SP 125 in November last year, Honda has now introduced its second BS6-compliant motorcycle - the Shine BS6. Both motorcycles get a 125cc motor but have a different focus and offer a different ride experience. So which one should you put your hard-earned money on? Here are some facts to help you decide.

Also read: Honda SP 125 First Ride Review



Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud
Dimensions Shine BS6 SP 125
Length x Width x Height 2046 x 737 x 1285mm 2020 x 785 x 1103mm
Wheelbase 1285mm 1285mm
Ground clearance 162mm 160mm
Kerb weight (disc variant) 115kg 118kg
Seat length 651mm 705mm
Seat height 791mm 790mm
Fuel tank capacity 10.5-litres 11-litres

The SP 125 has a sporty looking bodywork while the Shine BS6 has a more conservative yet premium commuter-ish design. Interestingly, the Shine BS6 is both longer and taller than the SP 125 while the latter is wider. The Shine BS6 also offers a slightly taller ground clearance and is 3kg lighter than the SP 125. Both offer near identical seat height but the SP 125 has a 55mm longer seat. It also has a larger fuel tank.

Also read: Honda Shine BS6 vs BS4 CB Shine: Differences Explained



Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud
  Shine BS6 SP 125
Engine  124cc, air-cooled single-cylinder 124cc, air-cooled single-cylinder
Power  10.74PS @ 7500rpm 10.87PS @ 7500rpm
Torque 11Nm @ 6000rpm 10.9Nm @ 6000rpm
Fueling FI FI
Bore x Stroke 50.0 x 63.1 50.0 x 63.1
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed

Both motorcycles use the new 125cc engine platform but have a different state of tune. While the SP 125 is tuned for more power, the Shine BS6 offers better torque. So while the SP 125’s motor feels lively, the Shine BS6 should provide better bottom end performance. Both motorcycles get a 5-speed gearbox. 



Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud

Compared to the Shine BS6, the SP 125 comes feature-packed. It gets an LED headlamp and a fully digital instrument console which includes a gear position indicator and clock. The SP 125 also gets stylish split alloy wheels. An update on the Shine BS6 is the new DC powered halogen headlamp which should provide a brighter beam spread. It still gets an analogue instrument console but with refreshed graphics. Both motorcycles get an ACG starter which offers silent start operations. 



Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud

Both motorcycles have a similar suspension setup consisting of a telescopic fork and dual 5-step adjustable shock absorber. Even the tyre sizes are the same 80/100-18 for both as is the braking setup. Both get a 240mm disc/130mm drum up front and a 130mm drum at the back with CBS as standard. 



Honda Shine BS6 vs SP 125 Family Feud
Variant  Shine BS6 SP 125 Price difference
Drum Rs 67,857 Rs 72,900 Rs 5,043
Disc Rs 72,557 Rs 77,100 Rs 4,543

Both motorcycles are available in two variants: drum and disc. The price difference between the two motorcycles is between Rs 4,500 and Rs 5,000. For the extra premium over the Shine BS6, the SP 125 offers a sportier bodywork, better features and a larger fuel tank. It is aimed towards customers looking for a sporty bike with trusty underpinnings and motor. A sporty replacement to the BS4 Shine SP. On the other hand, the Shine BS6 stays true to its roots with its conservative styling but is more polished, more comfortable and feels more premium. So if you want sporty, the SP 125 is the one to go for. For a premium commuter experience, go for the Shine BS6. 

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