Honda is planning to display the CB125F at the 2016 Auto Expo to gauge customer response and accordingly take a call on launching the motorcycle in India.
The Indian motorcycle market has been full of action since some time. New bikes are being launched by almost all manufacturers in different segments in order to capture a larger share of the market. Currently, it is Honda which leads in the 125cc bike segment with the CB Shine which was recently updated with a 5-speed gearbox and cosmetic changes. Now, the company is looking at bringing in another motorbike in this segment.
After the discontinuation of the CB Stunner, the premium 125cc space hasn’t seen a contender from Honda. It might change soon as the Japanese bikemaker will display the CB125F at the Auto Expo next month to gauge the public’s response. If the feedback is satisfactory, it will launch the motorcycle here in the near future. It is likely to share mechanical components like the engine and gearbox with the CB Shine to keep costs low.
Internationally, the Honda CB125F comes with a fuel-injected 125cc engine producing 10 PS of power and 10.2 Nm of torque. In India, it will get a carburettor equipped 125cc motor, producing 10.6 PS of power and 10.3 Nm of torque. In terms of looks, the 125cc bike resembles the recently launched Livo from certain angles. The funky looking alloys and the chiseled fuel tank add some flair to it. The instrument console is a dual pod unit with the usual tell-tale signs and a tachometer in addition to the speedometer.
Expected to be priced at around Rs. 65,000/- if launched here, the Honda CB125F will be one of the expensive 125cc bikes on sale. Honda needs to be more aggressive in the Indian market and instead of launching refreshed version of bikes with new colours and stickers, it will have to launch new products to capture the market. At the Auto Expo, Honda is expected to launch the CBR300R too which has been long due.
Source – Zigwheels.com