Ain’t No Sun­shine

Bike India - - Garage - — Aditya Dhi­war

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.

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