With the big Honda Revfest event that happened couple of months back, the only launch we expected from Honda before the year ends was the CB Hornet 160R. But instead the company has surprised us with the launch of the Honda CB Shine SP. The Honda CB Shine SP takes the already successful Honda Shine and adds to it a whole lot of new features and a change in design. Both the Honda CB Shine SP and the Honda Shine will be sold side by side, with the CB Shine SP being a more feature and luxury oriented version of the two.
The Honda CB Shine SP now gets a 5 speed gear box so that you have more ratios to work with, but the engine remains the same 124.7 cc one. So there is no change in the power values and it remains at 10.57 HP @ 7500 rpm and 10.3 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The Honda CB Shine SP will be available in 5 different colour options which are – Geny Grey Metallic, Athletic Blue Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Black and Rebel Red Metallic. Styling wise it is pretty clear where the new Shine gets it inspiration from and it looks very similar to the CB Unicorn 160 and the more recent Honda Livo. Both of which are new bikes from Honda that are targeted at motorcycle buyers that are looking for a premium feel even at the commuter level.
There are three versions of the new Honda CB Shine SP. First one is the drum brake version (at front and back) that has been priced at Rs. 59,900/-, the next is the disc brake version (disc at front) that has been priced at Rs. 62,400/- and the third is the CBS version that has been priced at Rs. 64,400/-. The CBS version is the Combined Braking version, in which when the back brake is applied a little of the front is also applied to balance the braking, particularly helpful in panic braking situations.
The Honda CB Shine SP sure looks like a promising motorcycle and will definitely help Honda dominate the segment strongly. Now we have a bit of more exciting news for you as well. At the launch event Mr. Keita Muramatsu, CEO of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India announced that Honda will have one more launch before the year ends. This has to be the much awaited Honda CB Hornet 160R, a motorcycle we feel will change the company’s fortune in the 150 cc segment.