The entry level motorcycle segment has left a mark on the Indian automobile sector. Domestic and international players are ready to do everything to increase their presence in the 125cc category. The two arch rivals, Honda and Hero have been fighting out their battles since ages. These are big competitors of each other in the every single country. Hero has launched a 125cc motorcycle, Passion Pro in 2011. Now the HMSI has also made its presence in the 125cc segment by launching a new motorcycle Honda CB Shine SP. Both motorcycles provide excellent performance, comfortable riding position, decent mileage and great style. To choose the best motorcycle between these two, we are going to compare them. Let’s take a look on the comparison of Honda CB Shine SP Vs Hero Passion Pro.
Style and Design
The new updated model of Shine comes with new brand name, Honda CB Shine SP. The new motorcycle has borrowed the design elements form the CB Unicorn and Honda Livo. The Indian youth is getting attracted towards the CB Shine SP as it is manufactured with new graphics and new features. It receives a muscular fuel tank that has a Fuel tank capacity of 10.5 L. Moreover, it also gets iconic headlamp with a big wind shield that add a decent look in its style. Side panel of the bike is designed with flowing line and silver panel that looks sharp and neat. The Honda CB Shine SP is featured with ten parallel spoke alloy wheels. Other noteworthy stylish components as 3D Honda emblem on the fuel tank, redesigned and dual tone side panels, blacked out engine, new part digital, part analog instrument panel, and a new chrome finish exhaust cover.
On the other hand, the Hero Passion Pro is a well-developed motorcycle that looks different from its rivals. New graphics are featured on the side panel that give awesome look to the bike. The front cowl is incorporated with Compact air wind shield and classy headlight. Body colored rear view mirrors gives an old school touch to the bike.
The New facelift CB Shine SP comes with semi digital instrument cluster that carries a host of information of Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel Gauge, MID (Multi Info Display), Trip Meter and Odometer.
The Hero Passion Pro gets a digital analogue instrument panel that includes a number information of digital fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter. Console also includes few indicators and featured with yellow color to illumination at night ride.
Handling and Riding Quality
Honda CB shine SP comes with comfortable ride as it is featured with nitrox forks system. It also gets a light handling which offers a dynamic handling power to drive easily in city’s heavy traffic. It is comfortable for every kind of rider as it gets short wheelbase of 1265mm and low ground clearance of 157mm. The motorcycle gives comfortable riding position as it is incorporated with rear set foot-pegs and low mounted handlebar.
Now, talking about the Hero Passion Pro, it is featured with a high mounted handlebar that offers a perfect commuter riding position for travel a long distance. The rider sits in comfortable position as it is featured with forward set foot-pegs. The wide and long seat also offers relax ride to the pillion and rider both. It has a heavy weight, therefore bike offers dynamic balancing power at a high speed.
Engine, Power and Performance
The new SB Shine SP gains the power form the 125cc engine. The motorcycle is powered with the same mill that is used in old CB Shine. The 124.73cc, air-cooled and 2 valves motor is able to produce a maximum power of 10.7 PS at 7,500 RPM and a peal torque of 10.3 Nm at 5500 RPM. The powerplant is featured with Honda Eco Technology (Honda patent) that gives a dynamic performance and a decent mileage of 68 KMPL. The total power transfers through a five speed gear-box to the rear wheel.
On the other end, the Passion Pro is developed with a 97.2cc engine. The motorcycle is powered by an air-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC motor that churns out the maximum power of 8.2 BHP at 8,000 RPM and single-cylinder mill is responsible to produce utmost torque of 8.05 Nm at 5,000 RPM. The powerplant is mated to a four-speed transmission that is used to transfer the total power to the rear wheel. The mileage of the bike reduces as it has a heavyweight (119 KG). It gives a decent fuel efficiency of 60-62 KMPL.
Both motorcycles receive a host of safety components including brakes, suspensions, leg guard, rear saree and headlight along blinkers. The braking duties are managed by the drum brakes at both ends and disc brakes at both fronts. The motorcycle offers a dynamic balancing power as it is loaded with telescopic forks at front side and spring loaded hydraulic suspension at rear. 12V 35/35W powering headlight gives a great visibility on the road in the night riding.
Let's have a look on the safety components of Passion Pro, the motorcycle comes with several safety features including headlight, brakes, suspensions, blinkers etc. The motorcycle is blessed with 240mm disc brake at front side and 130mm drum brake at rear. The Passion Pro offers robust balancing power as it is featured with telescopic hydraulic shock suspension at front side and swing arm with 5 step adjustable shock absorber at rear end.
Prize, Colors and Variants
The New CB Shine SP gets five paint schemes including Black, Athletic Blue Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Rebel Red Metallic, Geny Grey Metallic. The motorcycle has been launched in three variants at varying price tags. CB Shine SP Standard- Rs 60,432, Dlx- Rs 62,931 and CBS- Rs 64,932. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
While, the Passion Pro is sold in 8 colors including Sports Red, Matte Brown, Force Silver with Blue, Bronze Yellow, Black with Heavy Grey, Black with Frost Blue, Black with Sports Red, Mystic White. And bike is available in five variants that incorporates Spoke Kick Start, Spoke Self Start, Alloys Kick Start, Alloys Self Start and Alloys Self Start Disc Brake. The motorcycle has been priced at INR RS. 48,075-52,925 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Honda has manufactured the CB Shine SP with its own excellent technology HET that is responsible for the quality performance. It has a stunning look, decent fuel efficiency and comfortable driving. The motorcycle has been priced at an efficient price tag. It is a good option in the entry level bikes. It is a complete value for money motorcycle.
Talking about the Hero Passion Pro, it is a 100cc bike that is priced at INR 48,075-52,925 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) but still the bike has a lot of buyers. The motorcycle has refined mill, decent looks and great mileage that are major points to its high sales.