The Hero Glamour and Honda CB Shine share similar mechanicals underneath featuring an extremely refined motor with decent amount of power on offer.
Frugal with a mild dose of power and performance, 125cc motorcycles are the safest bet if you are looking for something that is commuter friendly, easy on the pocket as well as a tad bit fun to ride. With a host of executive motorcycles on offer in the segment, the most obvious choice for the masses has been the Honda CB Shine that continues to be the world’s most selling 125cc motorcycle. For the month of July this year, the CB Shine continued to lead the segment with 63,695 units sold, but gaining in swiftly was arch rival Hero MotoCorp’s Glamour 125 with 61,221 units sold.
Essentially, both the Hero Glamour and Honda CB Shine share the same mechanicals underneath and it isn’t surprising if the market is swinging towards the Indian auto giant as well. That said, Honda seems to have anticipated the Glamour’s growth well in advance and is already prepping up a new 125cc offering which was teased at the RevFest. With the Glamour gaining on the Shine month-on-month, the new 125cc motorcycle is sure to bring in some novelty compared to the Hero offering, ensuring that Honda stays ahead of the competition in terms of volumes. It isn’t sure as yet if the new model will be a successor to the CB Shine or will be alternatively sold alongside the popular model. The launch though is scheduled within this fiscal.
Apart from the Honda Shine and Hero Glamour, other 125cc motorcycles in the segment were a distant second with the Bajaj Discover 125 clocking in 14,776 units during July 2015, while the feature rich TVS Phoenix managed 7340 units in the same period. The Yamaha SS 125 clocked 7202 units while 900 units of the Hero Ignitor were pushed out of showrooms last month. The least selling model and an absolute dud turned out to be the Suzuki Slingshot Plus with just 84 units sold. Since the Japanese automaker is not planning any major upgrades or new models in the commuter space, the fate of the Slingshot seems pretty much the same in the future as well.