New Honda SH Mode 125

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The SH Mode 125 is designed from the outset around some key baselines. Firstly, a comfortable and upright riding position plus compact body style and low seat height. Ease of use – wheeling it around, getting on and off, and operation were also important considerations.

And as a model aimed, in the main, at the fashion-conscious young rider it had to look good, both when parked and when being ridden; to that end, numerous sketches were made early in the development process both with and without rider.

All-round utility and accessibility is provided by plenty of useful storage space, compliant suspension and a comfortable ride. Standard fitment Combined Braking System (CBS) ensures confident stopping for the less experienced rider while the SH Mode’s 125cc engine – tuned for easy control at low-to-mid rpm – serves up gentle and usable acceleration with outstanding fuel economy and reliability.

At the start of development Honda engineers took the SH125i engine and set about tailoring it specifically for the SH Mode 125. Their aim was to produce a well-balanced and easy-to-use power delivery – with flat, linear torque from zero rpm – perfect for urban environments and riders with diverse riding experience and expectations.

Ultimate wallet-friendly fuel efficiency and minimal environmental impact were also important factors. Compression ratio is 11:1, bore and stroke is 52.4mm x 57.9mm and power output of 8.4kW @ 8,500rpm is complemented by torque of 12Nm @ 5,000rpm. With Idling Stop engaged fuel consumption is 141mpgand a range of 171m is possible from the 5.5 litre fuel tank.

The basic architecture of the liquid-cooled four-stroke SOHC 2-valve engine – with eSP (enhanced Smart Power) – is built around a host of low-friction technologies all working together to minimize fuel consumption and maximize output. An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft.

A ‘spiny’ cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction. A shell-type needle bearing is used for the rocker arm shaft while small and light rollers work in conjunction with cam profile and valve spring load.

A compact high-efficiency radiator – integrated into the exterior of the right-side crankcase – employs a small, light fan reducing frictional losses and lowering drag. Rolling resistance within the transmission unit is reduced by the use of three low-friction main bearings, all designed to deal with the loads they individually receive. The drive pulley features a fin design that lowers air resistance and the follower pulley reduces pressure on the drive belt, cutting transmission losses.

The PGM-FI fuel injection system’s ECU controls throttle butterfly opening versus engine speed and also calculates outside air temperature, coolant temperature and other engine management data to optimize the balance of fuel metered with ignition timing.

The SH Mode 125’s compact, round-shape design outlines an elegant and crisp silhouette, arranging curvaceous surfaces for an intimate – yet solid – feel. Two-tone body parts create a light and textured ambience while adjustable inner fenders installed around the rear tyre add depth and functionality. A full-face size helmet can be stored under the seat, which opens and closes via a centralized combination lock in the main switch area. A large folding hook is installed in the front leg shield boosting carrying capacity.

The dash is laid out so important information is instantly easy to read. A large, dial-style central speedometer is surrounded by Idling Stop indicator and turn signal warning light.

The main stand has also been carefully sited at just the right contact area on the ground for the rider’s foot, making it easier to use. In addition, a side stand is equipped as standard. Passengers are not forgotten. They have a comfortable space plus folding footplates and grab rails integrated into the large die-cast aluminium rack.

The SH Mode 125’s high-tensile tubular steel underbone frame uses a central truss section tying the main frame and rear subframe neatly together. The telescopic forks feature 89mm travel, the rear suspension – with 5-stage adjustable spring preload – has 75mm travel. Rake is set at 27° with 68mm trail and wheelbase of 1,305mm. Overall dimensions are compact: (LxWxH) of 1930mm x 665mm x 1105mm, with 145mm ground clearance. Combined with a kerb weight of 116kg, this creates an outstandingly agile and user-friendly city scooter.

A 46° handlebar turning angle left and right achieves a 1.9m turning circle – similar to a scooter with a 14-inch, rather than 16-inch front wheel. This makes it much easier to turn the SH Mode 125 around in tight spaces. A mechanism within the front brake caliper also reduces pad pressure against the disc, resulting in a lighter effort needed to push the scooter with minimal drag resistance in motion.

The 16-inch 10-spoke cast-aluminum front wheel mounts an 80/90-16 tyre, the 14-inch rear wheel a 100/90-14. The front 220mm hydraulic disc brake links to a rear 130mm drum via CBS, ensuring smooth and evenly distributed braking force at all times, including hard and emergency stops.


Colour Options


Pearl Jasmine White

Pearl Jasmine White


Candy Noble Red

Candy Noble Red


Poseidon Black Metallic

Poseidon Black Metallic


Matt Techno Silver Metallic

Matt Techno Silver Metallic



Representative example

SH Mode 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£59.00
APR6.9%
OTR£2,699.00
Deposit£59.00
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£2,640.00
Final Payment£873.46
Final Payment inc Option Fee£883.46
Total Amount Payable£3,066.46
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge2p
Interest Rate pa6.50%

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SH Mode 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£69.00
APR6.9%
OTR£2,699.00
Deposit£454.14
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£2,244.86
Total Amount Payable£2,938.14
Interest Rate pa6.69%
SH Mode 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£69.00
APR6.9%
OTR£2,699.00
Deposit£454.14
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£2,244.86
Total Amount Payable£2,938.14
Interest Rate pa6.69%
SH Mode 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£69.00
APR6.9%
OTR£2,699.00
Deposit£445.06
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£2,253.94
Total Amount Payable£2,939.06
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.42%
SH MODE 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£69.00
APR6.9%
OTR£2,699.00
Deposit£445.06
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£2,253.94
Total Amount Payable£2,939.06
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.42%


Specifications

Bore × Stroke (mm)52.4 x 57.9
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio11:1
C02 Emissions48 g/km
Engine Displacement (cc)125
Engine Type (cm³)Single-cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
Max. Power Output8.4 kW/8,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque12 Nm/5000 rpm (95/1/EC)
Oil Capacity (Litres)0.9L
StarterSelf Starter
ClutchAutomatic Centrifugal Clutch Dry Type
Final DriveV-Belt
Transmission TypeNo shift
Battery Capacity (VAh)12V-5Ah
Caster Angle27°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)1930 X 665 X 1105
Frame typeUnder bone
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)5.5 litres
Fuel Consumption133 mpg (141 mpg with Idle Stop)
Ground Clearance (mm)145
Kerb Weight (kg)116
Seat Height (mm)765
Trail (mm)68
Wheelbase (mm)1305
Brakes Front220mm hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear130mm drum
Suspension FrontTelescopic
Suspension RearUnit swingarm
Tyre Size Front80/90-16M/C 43P
Tyre Size Rear100/90-14M/C 57P
Wheels FrontCast aluminium 16M/CXMT2.15
Wheels RearCast aluminium 14M/CXMT2.75

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