Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has launched the new Honda SP 125 motorcycle, priced at ? 72,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the new motorcycle is compliant for the new Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission regulations which will come into effect from April 1, 2020. The SP 125 is the second two-wheeler from HMSI to be BS6-compliant, after the launch of the new Honda Activa 125, and the first motorcycle. The new Honda SP 125 not only gets a new fuel-injected 124 cc engine but also gets a long list of new features to justify the 'new and improved' tag. Along with slightly bigger dimensions, the new SP 125 also makes marginally more power and the engine has been tweaked to make a better spread of torque across the powerband.
According to Honda Two-Wheelers, the new SP 125 is an advanced motorcycle in more ways than one, rather than just an updated fuel-injected engine which meets the upcoming BS-VI emission regulations. In fact, Honda has filed for 19 new patent applications for the SP 125. The new Honda SP 125 also sports a brand-new design, with segment-first, LED DC headlamps, sharper bodywork, new body graphics, new colours, a new digital instrument panel, as well as a long seat for added comfort. The Honda SP 125 BS6 will be available in two variants (Drum & Disc) and 4 colours - Striking Green, Mat Axis Grey Metallic, Imperial Red Metallic, and Pearl Siren Blue.
On the features list, the new SP 125 BS6 gets a silent start ACG starter motor, new fuel-injected 125 cc engine, a segment-first engine start-stop switch and comes with 8 on-board sensors to constantly inject optimum fuel and air mixture which aids consistent power output, high fuel efficiency and less emissions. The new instrument panel also features a long list of information including twin trip meters, average fuel efficiency and instantaneous fuel efficiency figures, distance to empty, and gear position indicator.
The motorcycle is powered by 124cc, 4-stroke SI engine that is tuned to make 10.7 bhp at 7500 rpm and develops 10.9 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox, and it is now 16 per cent more fuel-efficient. The suspension setup includes telescopic front forks and hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The bike also gets smart-looking 18-inch black alloy wheels with an optional 240 mm disc brake up front and 130 mm drum unit at the rear. The standard fitment includes a 130 mm drum unit at both ends. The bike also gets Combi-Brake System (CBS) with equalizer.
The Honda SP 125 is based on the Honda CB Shine SP, with the disc brake variant priced at ? 77,100 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Honda will retain the CB Shine name in the four-speed gearbox Honda CB Shine BS6 variant, which is expected to be launched in the coming months. The Honda CB Shine is not just India's highest selling 125 cc motorcycle, but also the highest selling Honda motorcycle across the world.