New Honda CB Shine 125 Preview (Launched at Auto Expo 2012)

by Deepak on January 13, 2012

Among the big launches from Honda’s stables there were subtle changes done to the existing 125cc warhorse from the company as well. The New Honda CB Shine comes with new graphics and new colors along with some new features.

Though in a typical fashion the changes were too subtle to be noticed by my naked eye. The following seem to be new on the refreshed bike:

  • New refreshed and ‘standout’ graphics
  • Introduction of 2 new colors – Force Silver Metallic & Monsoon Grey Metallic
  • Tubeless Tyres: I am not sure if the existing variant had Tubeless tyres in higher variants but the new one surely has them.

The new avatar would soon make it to the showrooms and would be available in 3 variants

  1. Spoke Wheels with Drum Brakes (with Tuff-up Tubes)
  2. Alloy Wheels with Drum Brakes (with Tubeless Tyres)
  3. Alloy Wheels with Disc Brakes (with Tubeless Tyres)

Going by the press release shared by Honda the following are the main points about the bike now.

  • Shine happens to be the highest selling 125cc bike in India
  • Ok, so the changes are new ‘standout’ graphics and refreshed looks
  • Engine bits and other stuff remains the same – 10.3bhp @ 7500 rpm
  • Tuff-up tubes
  • Body colored grab-rails, handle bar weight
  • Newly designed rear view mirrors and a 3D emblem.
  • Shine was launched back in 2006
  • Introduction of the new color takes the total tally to 5 color options including the existing ones – Black, Geny Grey Metallic and Rebel Red Metallic. Out of the new colors grey colored Shine was on display.

Frankly speaking it’s hard to notice the change of graphics, they are so similar. Still if it keeps the model fresh in the market with a minimal investment, whats wrong with that. No mention of any kind of price change on Shine was mentioned by Honda.

- Saad Khan

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Neeraj Trivedi January 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

When the Shine is expected to be upgraded with large wheel base of 1400mm+, both wheels with drum brake of 200mm+, head light & tail light with LED, company fitted flasher buzzer, FI engine, ground clearence 200mm+ & monoshocker


Yila January 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Discover 125 is way better than Shine. For the price difference, you can buy petrol for at least 5 years without spending additional money. Right?


vijay January 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

very correct….discover is better than shine…


Vineeth January 16, 2012 at 11:22 am

How did Shine become the highest selling 125cc bike in the country? I thought that distinction belonged to Bajaj or Hero Honda. I have seen more Unicorns and lesser number of Shines on road.


Gokul June 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Shine is invading the 125 cc market with a silent revolution. I see a large number of shine on Indian roads, and i am still surprised why people buy this old looking bike just because it has a refined and peppy engine.


manoj January 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

its looking same no diffence ,agian same problem in dat also milege problem waste in honda for millege,, shining only nthing special in shine, waste bike yarrrr go any other bikes yarrrr


Iqbal January 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Discover 125 is the best 125 cc Bike available in India. It is value for money bike. I am getting 55 to 60 KM/Lit in my bike. It is pleasure to ride the bike. I am going for long drives of 160 Kms in one single day and I don’t feel any back pain. Appreciate Bajaj for giving such a value for money bike.


arpit goyal January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

i think shine is the best in 125 cc segment and no other bike is stand near because the ride of shine is so smooth and better than any other bike in india shine i the best bike


ramesh bista January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

Honda…do something better in the range of 150 to 200…ur dazzler has not impressed the bike lovers…Unicorn is a good bike but it does not give so much zeal to the allround bike lovers


prashant January 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

pls, change the graphic its not seems better than the old one.


rakeshsharma January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

when was cameout of cbshine new colours in market.


Sheel January 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Dont forget YAMAHA SS 125..the best bike in 125 cc …


soheb August 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hi i wnt to buy a bike,i m confuse betwèen splendour pro & honda dream yuga.plz suggest me.


Prakash January 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

Hi i wnt to buy a bike. Honda Shine cb or Discover 125 ST.plz suggest me.


Gokul June 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

If you want comfort and refinement, go for Shine or Yuga. If it is for style and value for money go for Discover. I want you to TD both these bikes and feel the truth. I can guarantee you one thing. Its difficult to beat a shine in the slow moving traffic, with even a 150 cc bike, due to its great low end torque. Also consider Yuga since it delivers great mileage also.


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