Shine vs Livo Comparison Review

Published on: 10 Dec 2016
Honda Livo vs Shine DX Comparison Review:

Pricing & Features Comparison: 
The disc brake equipped (non-CBS) variant of the CB Shine retails for 65,000 Rs on road Delhi. Livo’s disc brake version is 2000 Rs. cheaper than the equivalent Shine costing 63,000 Rs. 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): CB Shine - 87, Livo – 75 (difference 14%)
Torque-to-Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): CB Shine - 84, Livo – 78

Power (PS@rpm): CB Shine – 10.7@7500, Livo – 8.3@7500
Torque (Nm@rpm): CB Shine – 10.3@5500, Livo – 8.63@5500
Kerb Weight (kg): CB Shine – 123, Livo – 111

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison:  
Both the Shine as well as the Livo are bound to have an impeccable record for product reliability, as is expected from anything bearing the ‘winged logo’ on its tank.

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:  
The Livo was consistently over 7 kmpl more efficient than the CB Shine, ridden back-to-back. This translates to a savings of almost 10,000 Rs. over a usage of 60,000 kms.

Test Efficiency (kmpl): CB Shine – 55, Livo - 62

Fuel Cost (for 60,000 km): CB Shine – 78,000 Rs, Livo – 69,000 Rs.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison:  
A 5 to 7 years old Honda CB Shine is bound to fetch at least 32,000 Rs. in the used bike market, thanks to its long-established nameplate. The Livo on the other hand is expected to retail for 2000 Rs. lesser than the Shine after a similar span of ownership. Overall though, the Livo works out to be roughly 10,000 Rs cheaper than the CB shine in terms of its Overall Ownership Cost.

Resale Value (after 5 to 7 years): 
CB Shine Disc – 32,000
Livo Disc – 30,000

Total Cost of Ownership:  
CB Shine Disc – 1.11 Lakh
Livo Disc – 1.02 Lakh

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison:  
The lesser known fact about these two bikes is that the Livo is leagues ahead of the CB Shine in terms of dynamics. The problem is with the Shine, Honda messed big-time, when it configured a tiny 1265 mm wheelbase and tubular swing-arm for it, at launch. This coupled to moderately stiff suspension completely spoiled its ride quality. The Livo with its longer wheelbase and box-section swing-arm deals with bumps and potholes noticeably better than the Shine. It is also more stable at high speeds as well as under emergency braking maneuvers than the Shine.

Wheelbase (mm): CB Shine – 1266, Livo - 1285

Tyre Size:
Front: CB Shine – 80/100R18, Livo – 80/100R18
Rear: CB Shine – 80/100R18, Livo – 80/100R18

Comfort & Ergonomics Comparison:  
Here again, the Livo shows the CB Shine, how it’s done. Livo has a well contoured seat with functional knee recesses on the tank, which make the rider feel like he is sitting ‘IN’ the bike, while the CB Shine rider feels like he is sitting ‘ON’ the bike. Other than that both bikes have purely commuter friendly, 100% upright seating posture, ideal for endless hours on the saddle.

The Honda Livo is the clear winner of this test. It is technically a superior motorcycle, with better ride-handling, equally good tractability, slightly better refinement and most important of all, immensely better fuel efficiency than the CB Shine. It more comfortable to ride thanks to better ergonomics and it is about 10% lighter on the pocket, making it better value for money than the Shine as well.