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Re­fined and prac­ti­cal SH125I is a scooter worth shout­ing about

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Alison Sil­cox MCN OF­FICE MAN­AGER

Honda have brought their best-sell­ing SH125I bang up to date by mak­ing it more re­fined, prac­ti­cal and eco­nom­i­cal to ride for 2017. They’ve added an Idle Stop Sys­tem, LED lights, Smart Key tech­nol­ogy, a larger un­der­seat com­part­ment and a 12V power socket.

In­stead of us­ing turn­ing a key be­fore you thumb the starter you give a quick blip of the fob and turn a dial on the dash to be re­warded with a flash of blue lights on the dash that in­di­cate you are ready to roll.

The same dial op­er­ates the steer­ing lock and en­ables ac­cess to the un­der­seat stor­age com­part­ment, which stows a full-faced lid with ease.

Honda have hid­den a 12V socket in a glove box that’s so well de­signed to blend in with the cock­pit it’s barely no­tice­able. With top­box plate fit­ted as stan­dard there’s an op­tion to add a colour-matched box, but this will set you back a whop­ping £165.

On dual car­riage­ways there’s al­ways a risk of feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble on small­ca­pac­ity ma­chines but there’s no fear of this with the SH125I. It will eas­ily keep up with traf­fic and doesn’t feel un­der­pow­ered.

Even not rid­ing es­pe­cially fru­gally it still re­turns an im­pres­sive 110mpg, which gives the SH a mas­sive 330-mile tank range. Honda claim the im­prove­ment is partly due to the ad­di­tion of the Idle Stop Sys­tem, which they say im­proves fuel ef­fi­ciency by 7%.

Honda ini­tially in­tro­duced it to the PCX125 back in 2011, be­fore rolling it out to their whole 125 scooter range. With the sys­tem ac­ti­vated, the en­gine cuts out if you are sta­tion­ary for five sec­onds. As soon as the throt­tle is blipped it fires back to life.

Just like the Fire­blade SP, the SH125I has been given a Star­ship En­ter­prise look with LED lights, which don’t just look good they work well too – par­tic­u­larly on main beam.

Honda have in­cor­po­rated many modern twists, but they’ve kept the easy to read ana­logue speedo, fuel and tem­per­a­ture gauge, com­bined with a dig­i­tal odome­ter, trip me­ter and clock.

At £ 3299, it’s by no means the cheap­est scoot, but you get what you pay for. The switchgear is good qual­ity and the 16-inch wheels wear Miche­lin City Grip tyres, which in­spire con­fi­dence in the damp, and give nim­ble and pre­cise han­dling in the dry.

Han­dling is nim­ble through town and it has enough puff for dual car­riage­ways

Your lid or shop­ping drops in a treat

Dash is clear, friendly and easy to read

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