Scooters are the flavour of this age. After their monumental rise, fall and the recent resurgence in the Indian market, scooters have now become the cash cows for several two-wheeler manufacturers in the country. While the Honda Activa and the Hero Splendor continue to be embroiled in a fistfight for the top spot in the two-wheeler market, scooters are now being looked at as alternative to motorcycles rather than just a secondary vehicle.
Buyers of the 125cc motorcycle segment usually are the ones upgrading from entry-level motorcycles; ones who are looking for the middle ground of performance, style and efficiency. And the Honda CB Shine well, truly shines in these aspects. Apart from being one of the best-selling 125cc motorcycles in India, the CB Shine is also Honda’s top-selling two-wheeler among its worldwide operations.
However, with the recent change in scenario, the Activa 125 seems like a worthy alternative to the CB Shine. Apart from the convenience of an automatic transmission, it offers decent performance, versatility and dollops of practicality.
So if you are one such commuter looking to buy a 125cc motorcycle, does it make sense to go for a scooter instead of settling for a tried and tested formula? We put the Activa 125 and the CB Shine through different test scenarios to find out the answer.