Honda Shine BS6 vs CB Shine BS4: Which One To Buy?
With a price difference of Rs 7,867, which 125cc Honda bike should you go for?
Honda has launched the Shine BS6, which will soon replace the BS4 CB Shine. With the new motor and updates, the Shine BS6 costs Rs 7,867 more than the BS4 CB Shine. So, which one should you go for? Here are some important points to help you decide.
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The Shine BS6 gets an all-new powertrain. Its 124cc BS6-compliant motor gets a different bore and stroke configuration and is more undersquare now. The new motor offers 0.4PS and 0.5Nm more than the BS4 CB Shine BS6. The new powerplant also gets an ACG starter motor for silent starts. It shares this tech with the SP 125, Activa 6G, Activa 125 BS6, and Dio BS6. The 5-speed gearbox should help the motor run more relaxed at highway speeds.
The Shine BS6 gets an engine kill switch and a DC headlamp. The high beam, low beam, and pass light switch are now integrated into a single button. While both motorcycles share similar bodywork, the Shine BS6 gets updated graphics and revised chrome trim. The Shine BS6 gets revised instrument console design and a premium-looking aircraft-type flush-fitting fuel filler cap. It also gets a 27mm longer seat.
The Shine BS6 is dimensionally larger than the BS4 CB Shine. While the fuel-tank capacity remains the same, the Shine BS6 has a longer wheelbase and taller ground clearance. The Shine BS6 weighs a whopping 8kg less than the BS4 CB Shine. That should help in performance, fuel efficiency, and the overall dynamics of the Shine BS6. Both motorcycles use similar wheels and braking setup consisting of a front disc, rear drum, and combined braking system. On the suspension front, while both use telescopic forks, the dual shock absorbers on the Shine BS6 get 5-step preload adjustability.
Both motorcycles are available in two variants: drum and disc. With the price difference being close to Rs 8,000, the Shine BS6 commands quite a premium over the BS4 Shine. However, it gets a new motor, which offers better performance and fuel efficiency. The 5-speed gearbox should improve highway manners as well. On the cosmetic front, the new motorcycle looks larger and is more accommodating thanks to its long seat. So, if you are looking for a more premium riding experience, the Shine BS6 is a good option. If you plan to save some money, the BS4 Shine should do.