Refined and practical SH125I is a scooter worth shouting about
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.