Tork T6X vs Honda Shine SP Comparison Review

Honda Shine SP vs Tork T6X Comparison Review:

Pricing & Features:
The Tork T6X retails for 1.25 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is whopping 57,000 Rs. more expensive than the Honda Shine SP retailing for 68-73,000 Rs. Tork T6X sports a monoshock at rear and front disc brake, but it's the newcomer Tork T6X which gets an extra rear disc brake, 4.3 inch colour-TFT Instrument Cluster and LED DRLs which are absent in the Shine SP. Looking at the considerable price difference has churned up many questions in our readers minds like; Will the Tork T6X be cheaper than the Honda Shine SP in the long run? How much does it cost to charge it? What is the per kilometer running cost? What is the battery replacement cost? Is the performance comparable to 125 cc bikes? etc. Read on to know the answers...

Fuel Efficiency:

In our back to back tests, the Honda Shine SP returned quite a balanced fuel efficiency of 63 kmpl whereas the Shine SP has an ARAI certified mileage around 75 kmpl. The Tork T6X travels 100 kilometers on a single charge. It takes 4 units of electricity to charge, which costs roughly 20 Rs. across the nation. Tork claims that the battery pack will last 80,000 to 1 lakh kilometers and currently costs 40% of bikes cost to replace. Assuming the worst case scenario that it lasts 80,000 km and doesn't become cheaper by the time it needs replacement, it adds 50 paise per kilometer worth of battery life consumption to the running cost. Even then, if you were to reverse calculate, it would equate to petrol equivalent of 100 kmpl!



Fuel Cost: (for running of 60,000 km)

Honda Shine SP – 77,000 Rs.
Tork T6X – 42,000 Rs.

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Reliability & After Sales Service: 

Honda Shine SP has to turned out to be fairly reliable motorcycle, with merely expensive to maintain and service at the authorized workshops. The Tork T6X inherently has far lesser number of moving parts, giving it an upper hand in terms of reliability. However, we reserve our judgement for the next year and will keep an eye out for any complaints from customers about teething troubles and service support. What Tork Motorcycles won't be able to match for a long time, is Honda's sheer service reach with over 1000+ touch points.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:

Though the Shine SP is a new motorcycle, you can find a 5-to-7 year old Shine, are available for around 30,000 Rs. today. Since the Tork T6X is a completely novel concept for our market, we expect used bike buyers to be quite skeptical about battery life, resulting in a lower resale value of around 35,000 Rs. in the year 2022. Even then, the Tork T6X works out to be fairly close to the Honda Shine SP in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.



Resale Price: (after 5 to 7 years of usage)

Honda Shine SP – 30,000
Tork T6X – 35,000

Total Cost of Ownership: (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)

Honda Shine SP – 1.15 Lakh Rs.
Tork T6X – 1.32 Lakh Rs.

Performance & Tractability:
Riding these two bikes back-to-back, you begin to wonder, whether electric propulsion was more suitable to automobiles in the first place? What is more relevant in your daily riding, top-speed or drivability? Full-throttle acceleration or part throttle response? Banging through the gears or seamless propulsion? A loud exhaust note or noiseless operation? Except for journalists who have lost all touch with reality, rest of the population of this world would have always chosen the second option, had they been given the choice

The Tork T6X has 29% lesser power than the Shine SP, but then it also 260% better torque than the Shine SP! This makes it unexpectedly quick off the line, especially given the lack of an exhaust note. Shine SP goes on to register a top-speed of 100 kmph with lot of effort, while the Tork T6X peaks out same top speed with minimum effort. As an Indian family man, riding the Tork T6X would be effortless with shopping bags, kids and wife, for launching through city traffic's.




Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tork T6X – 48, Shine SP – 85 (Δ42%)

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tork T6X – 208, Shine SP – 83 (Δ250%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tork T6X – 6.2 (peak), Shine SP – 10.57 @ 7500

Torque (Nm@rpm): Tork T6X – 27 (Zero rpm onward!), Shine SP  – 10.3 @ 5500
Kerb Weight (kg): Tork T6X – 130, Shine SP  – 124(CBS variant)

Displacement: Tork T6X - *Brushless DC Motor, Shine SP - 124.73 cc


Handling & Ride Quality:

The Honda Shine SP nothing much more than the older Shine, due to its light weight and narrowed body size it becomes nimble to handle is city traffic's. The Shine SP comes fitted with narrow tires similar to other Honda's 100 cc segment. The Tork T6X laso has sorted fundamentals and is in fact uncannily similar to the naked sports in its cycle-parts. However, the more sensible tyre width, makes it prone to lean around the corners than the Shine SP. Ride is subtle on the Shine SP AF compared to a bit stiffer of the Tork T6X due to its direct mounted monoshock.

Tyre Size:

Front: Tork T6X – 80/100R17, Shine SP – 80/100 - 18
Rear: Tork T6X – 110/80R17, Shine SP –80/100 - 18

Wheelbase (mm): Tork T6X – 1336, Shine SP – 1266


Ground Clearance (mm): Tork T6X - 160, Shine SP - 160


Comfort & Ergonomics:

Both bikes have a completely different riding posture, and it is quite obvious that the Honda Shine SP is built for family commutes on the other hand the T6X is inspired from a naked street fighter. We would have preferred a slight more upright seating position for the T6X, which would have eased off some pressure on the wrists. Saddle height is also well suited for the average Indian males.
Seat Height (mm): Tork T6X - 784, Shine SP - 800

Verdict:

Until now the electric vehicle revolution only seemed like a distant possibility. Till now, the EVs fell short of lay man's straightforward requirements of enough range to last a 5-day commute, re-fueling time equal to a standard meal, and adequate performance to overtake a Public Transport bus. The Tork T6X is the first EV that delivers on all these requirements and then some more like out-dragging some serious machines at traffic lights, being cheaper than equivalent petrol bikes and even looking 'cool'! It will of of course go through phases of geeks and early adopters before it is accepted by mainstream riders, but the bookings have already begun. Just imagine if a small bunch of enterprising youngsters can churn out such a capable product, what will happen when big corporations come out with their own incrementally better copycats? India's automotive landscape is about to witness a revolution and its the Tork T6X than will be remembered as the inflection point. 

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