Honda, the leading Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has introduced the combined brake system (CBS) in the drum versions of its popular CB Shine and CB Shine SP bikes. The CB Shine range has been one of the bestselling bikes from Honda, and according to the company’s claims, the series has a customer base of more than 70 lakh in India. Both bikes are available in drum-brake and disc-brake variants.
The ministry of road transport and highways, in a recent order, mandated that all two-wheelers with an engine displacement of 125cc or below, sold in the country on and from 1 April, must be bitted with CBS.
Both the CB Sine and CB Shine SP are hauled by a single cylinder, air-cooled 124.73cc motor which produces 10.1bhp at 7,500rpm. The peak torque output is 10.3Nm at 5,500rpm. The difference between the two models is in their power transmission system. While the standard Shine is fitted with a four-speed gear system, the Shine SP has a five-speed unit. The CB Shine SP features a sportier design compared to its standard sibling. The latter has a semi-digital instrument console and restyled alloy wheels. Suspension duties in both the bikes are handled by telescopic front forks in the front and twin shock absorbers at the back.
The drum brake version of the CB Shine is available at an ex-showroom price of INR57,779. The new CBS-fitted variant is priced at INR58,338, a premium of INR559. The CB Sine SP drum brake model, on the other hand, carries an ex-showroom price of INR63,539. The Sine SP CBS carries the same premium and is priced at INR64,098. The company would discontinue the non-CBS models in the near future conforming to government standards.
The primary competitors of the Shine are the hugely popular Bajaj Discover 125 and Hero Glamour. The Yamaha Saluto 125 is also one of its rivals.