New Honda CB Shine 125 Preview (Launched at Auto Expo 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