Ain’t No Sunshine
AS A LOYAL ENTHUSIAST OF THE ROYAL ENFIELD BULLET, I HAVE always had a bit of disdain about other motorcycles. Perhaps, it is endemic to users of this British-Indian bike and I’d be lying if I said that six months ago, when I was given the key to the Honda CB Shine SP and told that this would be my long-term bike, I received it gleefully. Would I really enjoy riding a 125-cc commuter motorcycle? Half a year later, I can tell you that I am a changed man and my views about this motorcycle have undergone a complete transformation.
With its 124.73-cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine putting out 10.6 PS and 10.3 Nm, the CB Shine SP offers decent performance, almost sprightly. Its suspension is set up to offer a great balance between ride quality, which is pliant, and handling. The bike is certainly nimble, making short work of filtering through traffic. Even with a pillion on board and the suspension at its stock setting things remain quite comfy. The bike also returns excellent fuel economy. The only thing I can really grumble about is the lack of an engine kill switch. Beyond that, I can say with some authority the bike has helped changed my perceptions and it was in a downcast frame of mind that I bid adieu to the Honda CB Shine SP.