Honda SP 125: Same Price Other Options
Planning to buy Honda’s new 125cc motorcycle? Check out these interesting alternatives first
Honda recently launched its second BS6 product in the form of the SP 125. This 125cc motorcycle is expected to replace the BS4 Shine SP once the BS6 norms come into effect. The all-new 124cc motor is fuel injected and delivers 10.9PS and 10.9Nm. Besides a new BS6-compliant motor, the SP 125 gets new bodywork, an LED headlamp and a digital instrument console. The SP 125 comes in two variants: Drum (Rs 72,500) and Disc (Rs 77,100, both ex-showroom Delhi). At that price range, you have a lot of interesting options including a more powerful motorcycle. Here’s a closer look at these options.
Pulsar 150 Neon (Rs 75,200):
The 150cc Pulsar Neon variant doesn’t just undercut the top-spec SP 125 variant, it also offers better performance. Its 149.5cc motor delivers 14PS and 13.4Nm and impresses with its refinement. However the Pulsar misses out on the SP 125’s features like LED headlamps and digital instrument console. Buy it for the added performance and big-bike feel.
Vespa Urban Club (Rs 73,733):
The Vespa is a good option if you are into retro two-wheelers. This Urban Club variant is one of the more affordable Vespas, its price brought down with the use of black trim instead of chrome. It gets four premium colours: Azzurro Provenza, Maze Grey, Glossy Yellow and Glossy Red. Its 125cc motor delivers 9.65PS and 9.9Nm and gets a CVT automatic transmission. The Vespa Urban Club has good fit and finish levels but misses out on kit like a front disc.
BS6 Honda Activa 125 Deluxe (Rs 74,490):
The new BS6 Activa 125 and SP 125 have the same 124cc fuel-injected motor internals but the scooter gets a CVT gearbox instead of the 5-speed transmission. It makes 8.29PS and 10.3Nm which is less than the SP 125’s power figures. The new Activa 125 matches the SP 125 on the features front and gets an LED headlamp; a semi-digital instrument console that displays distance to empty, real time and average fuel efficiency; external fuel filler cap; front disc brake; Idle start stop and a silent ACG motor. Go for the BS6 Activa 125 is you want the SP 125’s features in a more practical package.
TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition (Rs 63,195):
The fact that the NTorq 125 offers a lot of features and good performance while being priced almost Rs 14,000 less than the SP 125 makes it a worthy option. The Race Edition gets sportier graphics, an LED headlamp and a digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity. It even gets its own unique user interface in the NTorq app. Power comes from a 124.79cc motor that delivers 9.4PS and 10.5Nm of torque. The Ntorq 125 impresses with its performance, ride and handling package and braking. Its all-round performance and value-for-money traits make it a favourite among scooters.