Honda’s upcoming 125cc bike completely spied while testing
Honda is trying hard to become the leading motorcycle brand in India. The current market leader, Hero is comfortably sitting at the top spot in our country garnering most of the motorcycle sales. Honda Two Wheelers has also been gaining rapid ground off-late and seems like a worthy competitor in the entry level commuter space with the Shine range of models. The Honda CB Shine at present is the world’s best-selling 125cc motorcycle, but the same case does not hold true in India.
Hence, Honda is working on another 125cc motorcycle and this bike was recently spotted testing at the company’s plant. This bike is expected to go on sale during the festive season this year and no details regarding its mechanicals are clear as of now.
The bike’s styling has however been revealed as the test mule was spotted sans any camouflage. Honda seems to be giving it a somewhat premium styling because the bike features new body panels which might be indicative of a new design scheme altogether. The headlight cowl looks sleek and features a blacked-out wind deflector. The fuel tank looks contemporary and the side panels also look good with a design that does not look boring to look at. The front forks sport reflectors (which is a first in any Honda motorcycle) and the rear end looks fresh as well with a new taillight, grab handle and a cool looking saree guard. The alloy wheel design seems to have been picked up from the Hero Xtreme Sport and gives the overall design a premium appeal.
In addition to the changes on the visual front, many changes are also expected in the mechanical domain. The chassis will reportedly be much lighter than before which will help in keeping the weight at a minimum. The new Honda motorcycle will come with a new swingarm and a single comfortable long seat that will surely provide a lot of comfort. While the suspension setup will also be revised, the front is expected to get a disk brake and the rear will feature a drum brake. The new 125cc bike will be more fuel efficient as well not only due to the lighter chassis, but also from the company’s new HET system whose sole purpose is to improve mileage.
In India, Honda’s new commuter bike will compete with the Yamaha SS 125, Bajaj Discover 125M, TVS Phoenix and others. Prices are expected to be a bit more than the CB Shine and should start in the Rs. 63,000/- range. Honda’s performance is this segment is good and therefore the new bike is also expected to appeal to customers.