Shine DX vs Glamour Comparison Review

Hero Glamour vs Honda Shine DX Comparison Review:



"Both bikes feel genuinely lacking in terms of their dynamic prowess. Cheaper bikes like the Dream Yuga and Bajaj Discover have far better dynamics than these two bikes. The problem is with their short wheelbase and skinny tires, which spoil their bump absorption ability and stability under braking respectively."

Pricing & Features Comparison: 
Both the Shine DX and the Glamour cost an exactly identical sum of 64,000 Rs. on road Delhi, for the disc brake variants. However, unique to the Shine is the CBS combi braking system equipped variant, which retails for 68,000 Rs. and is totally worth the extra 4000 Rs. for the added safety and assurance that it offers.

Performance & Tractability Comparison: 
The Glamour sorely disappoints when it comes to performance. In fact, it feels uncannily like a 100 cc bike in terms of its pick-up and tractability. The Shine on the other hand has a remarkably strong low-end, making it dart forward off-the-line. Shine’s in-gear tractability also feels significantly punchier than the Glamour’s. Shine’s only problem is the excessively short gearing which makes it feel strained while cruising at speeds above 80 kmph

Power-to-Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Shine DX - 87, Glamour – 71 (difference 23%) 
Torque-to-Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Shine DX - 84, Glamour – 80

Power (PS@rpm): Shine DX – 10.7@7500, Glamour – 9.1@7000

Torque (Nm@rpm): Shine DX – 10.3@5500, Glamour – 10.35@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Shine DX – 123, Glamour – 129

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison: 
Both the Shine as well as the Glamour have an impeccable record for product reliability. However, Shine’s body panels and fairing are considerably more resistant to rattles and hold up better under abuse. Other than that the powertrain and cycle-parts are as reliable as they come.

Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 
Both the Shine & Glamour returned an identical fuel efficiency of 55 kmpl in our back-to-back tests.

Fuel Cost (for 60,000 km): Shine DX – 80,000 Rs, Glamour – 80,000 Rs.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison: 
A 5 to 7 years old Honda Shine retails for 32,000 Rs. in the used bike market, while a Glamour sells for around 28,000 Rs. Point to be noted here, is that the the Shine CBS works out to be identical to the Glamour non-CBS in terms of Overall Ownership Cost.

Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years):

Shine DX Disc – 32,000
Glamour Disc – 28,000
Shine DX CBS – 32,000

Total Cost of Ownership: 
Shine DX Disc – 1.12 Lakh 
Glamour Disc – 1.16 Lakh 
Shine DX CBS – 1.16 Lakh 

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison: 
Both bikes feel genuinely lacking in terms of their dynamic prowess. Cheaper bikes like the Dream Yuga and Bajaj Discover have far better dynamics than these two bikes. The problem is with their short wheelbase and skinny tires, which spoil their bump absorption ability and stability under braking respectively. Overall though, Shine’s wider and softer compound tires give it a slight edge over the Glamour.

Wheelbase (mm): Shine DX – 1266, Glamour - 1265

Tyre Size: 
Front: Shine DX – 80/100R18, Glamour – 2.75R18 (70 mm width)
Rear: Shine DX – 80/100R18, Glamour – 3.00R18 (76 mm width)

Comfort & Ergonomics Comparison: 
Both bikes have soft and generous seat cushions. Glamour’s larger tank ad deeper knee recesses makes it marginally better than the Shine in terms of ergonomics. Glamour also has more up-to-date instrumentation thanks to its semi-digital speedo console.

Verdict: 

The Shine DX is the clear winner of this test. Technically it is a superior motorcycle than the Glamour, thanks to better performance as well as better dynamics. It is a safer motorcycle than the Glamour, thanks to the effective Combi Braking System, which is a life saver for amateur riders. Last but not the least, it is better value for money than the Glamour, thanks to better resale value in the used bike market.

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