The new 125cc motorcycle in Honda’s stable could co-exist with the CB Shine in the company’s lineup but will be positioned at a slight premium boasting of a new styling.
While the CB Shine may be the best selling 125cc motorcycle globally, Honda India is not taking things casually in the growing executive motorcycle space and is readying up an all new 125cc offering that is likely to go on sale around the festive season. Spotted a few days ago, new spy shots have now emerged online revealing the bike completely in these undisguised test mules. While the name and power output still remain under wraps, here are the other basics that you need to know about.
Starting with the styling, Honda is opting for a tad bit more premium appeal for the 125cc motorcycle with completely new parts and design language. The bike gets a Hero Hunk inspired headlight cowl, while the side panels have a gentle curve and look good. The tail light cluster is new and gets a sharp looking grab handle. The bike also features reflectors on the front forks, a first for any Honda commuter, whereas the exhaust muffler is shared with the new Livo. The star shaped alloy wheels are similar to that of the Hero Xtreme Sport. The very cool saree guard design that made its debut on the CB Unicorn 160 is seen here too.
Under the skin, a host of changes are expected from the new Honda 125cc offering. The bike will get a new and lighter chassis sporting a smaller wheelbase thereby keeping the overall weight low. The 125cc motorcycle will also get a revised suspension setup, while Brakes should be new as well continuing with the front disc and rear drum setup. In addition, the new 125cc motorcycle will use a tubular swingarm and elongated seat for improved comfort for the rider and pillion. Coming to the engine, the new 125cc motor will be equipped with the automaker’s HET system for improved fuel efficiency. So expect mileage figures to be marginally better than the CB Shine.
In terms of competition, the new Honda 125cc bike will be rivalling against the Bajaj Discover 125M, Yamaha SS 125, TVS Phoenix and the likes in the segment. Prices are expected to be slightly higher than the CB Shine and will most likely start at around Rs. 63,000/- (ex-showroom). Given the brand value the Shine has built in the segment, things should be smooth for the new Honda in this space. With the launch of this motorcycle still some time away, Honda is readying up the highly awaited CBR650F that will hit showrooms on 4th August, along with a few more products.
Spy Pictures Source – GaadiWaadi.com