2020 Honda SH125i gains greater storage and improved performance

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Having sold 19,000 units across Europe in 2018 alone, Honda have updated their ever-popular SH125i scooter for 2020, promising improved performance, greater practicality and Honda Selectable Torque Control as standard.

Part of Honda’s line-up since 2005, the latest iteration of the L-plate-friendly big-wheeled scoot comes in five versions, ranging from a standard SH without accessories to one complete with a top box, knuckle guards and a windscreen. It will also be available in four colour choices.

All are to be powered by the Japanese manufacturer’s latest Euro5-compliant 124.5cc liquid-cooled four-valve eSP+ engine, which comes equipped with a fuel-saving ‘stop-start’ system, as well as Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which helps prevent rear wheel slip in poor conditions.

Honda SH125i side view

Alongside greater efficiency, the new engine also promises improved performance, with the bike now producing a peak power of 12.3bhp at 8250rpm; a whole 0.4bhp more than the outgoing two-valve model, at 250rpm lower in the revs. Peak torque is also reached at 500rpm lower than the previous model (at 6500rpm) however is down by around 0.1ftlb.

Housing the revised engine is a new tubular steel underbone frame. As well as helping to save 400g, its inclusion has also allowed Honda to gain an additional 10 litres of under seat storage by moving the fuel tank from under the pillion perch to beneath the rider’s feet.

Geometry has also been altered - now 13mm longer at 1.353 meters. The seat height remains the same though, at a manageable 799mm.

Providing stopping power are ABS-equipped disc brakes, with both the front three-piston and rear one-piston calipers biting onto single 240mm discs. The aluminium 16in wheels are also shod with Michelin City Grip tubeless tyres, with the rear shocks also getting five-stage adjustable preload.

Check back on MCN soon for a detailed review of the bike.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade