One of the biggest selling scooters in London, loved for it's value and stable handling, driven by the larger than average wheel size (meaning, it copes with poor road surfaces and bumps that much better), the Honda SH Mode 125 is an accomplished scooter.
Model updates: The Honda SH Mode 125 is a high-fashion scooter big on style and easy-to-use manners with low seat height, light weight, flat floor, 16-inch front wheel, storage room for a full-face helmet, plus CBS braking and ultra-efficient 125cc four-stroke engine incorporating Idling Stop.
2 Model overview
3 Key features
4 Technical specifications
Since the arrival of the original SH50 in 1984, the enduring popularity of Honda’s SH scooter series has earned it the status of a brand within a brand, relied upon by people all over Europe as an integral part of their daily lives. During that time, the SH family has constantly grown and evolved, with sales totaling over a million units since its introduction. The first four-stroke SH125, launched in 2001, found instant success thanks to excellent engine performance and fuel economy plus nimble, sure-footed handling and reassuring stability – from its 16-inch wheels – on rougher roads.
The 2005 SH125i debuted PGM-FI fuel injection, and the 2013 model, featuring an all-new frame, Honda’s next generation ultra-efficient engine and underseat storage for a full-face helmet, built strongly on the SH history of sales success. The SH remains without doubt the benchmark urban scooter.
The SH Mode 125, a smart scooter in every sense, offers a unique combination of premium and chic on-trend style, easy and secure use, and low running costs.
2. Model Overview
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.
For 2017, the SH Mode 125 comes in two stylish new colours and meets the stringent EURO4 requirements. The allowable limits for exhaust tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hyrdrocarbons and nitrous oxide specified by EURO4 are approximately half of those for EURO3
KIYOTAKAFUJIHARA, Large Project Leader Cub and Scooter series:
“As SH Mode 125 Project Leader of Development, it would give me the greatest joy if this new idea from Honda – with fashionable styling, outstanding running performance and excellent utility – turns out to be a friendly and helpful partner in the daily lives of a broad spectrum of customers around the world.”
3. Key Features
One aim was clear from the outset of the SH Mode 125 project: develop a body layout and riding position that would be very easy for a wide range of people to ride and enjoy. Handlebar height is 990mm with a low seat height of 765mm, creating a naturally upright and relaxed riding posture and great all-round visibility.
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.
Enhancing the SH Mode 125’s distinctive ‘face’ is a headlight framed by a simple chrome ring – and other chrome details abound throughout – adding desirability and class. The turn signals, built into the front top cover combines with a luminous V-shaped blue-tinged running light creating refined character and high visibility. A compact tail light lens, attached via chrome mount, further highlights the SH Mode 125’s style.
Special attention was paid to the shape of the inner leg shield relative to the rider’s kneecap when getting on; the width at the front of the floor has also been expanded creating a virtually flat environment for maximum freedom.
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.
A fuel gauge is located to the left and the odometer, trip meter and clock are housed in a central LCD display; buttons control information displayed.
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 will be available in four colours in 2017:
New Matte Techno Silver Metallic
New Candy Noble Red
Pearl Jasmine White
Poseidon Black Metallic
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.
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 50km/L and a range of 275km 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 electronically controlled brushless ACG starter is an integrated component mounted directly on the end of the crankshaft, serving as starter motor and alternator. It spins the engine directly eliminating any noise from gear engagement or meshing.
Idling Stop is operated via a switch on the right handlebar. When enabled it automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle and re-starts it instantly the throttle grip is twisted. It’s seamless thanks to a swing-back system that returns the crank to its position before air intake, and a decompression mechanism that negates cranking resistance from compression.
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 is equipped with a three-way catalyser sited at the back of the exhaust pipe within the muffler. This location provides an ideal balance between performance and fuel efficiency with improved exhaust purification and reduced CO, HC and NOx output. To achieve such efficiency the O2 lambda sensor detects oxygen concentration in the exhaust and PGM-FI supplies the engine with the optimal fuel/air ratio.
Sound absorption within the muffler has been improved through the use of glass wool on all of the inner wall surfaces. By placing a denser layer of glass wool between the outer cover and inner body a high-grade timbre of ‘shell sound’ is generated with lower vibration of the outer cover. The result is much less exhaust noise – a benefit for the rider and surrounding pedestrians.
4. Technical Specifications
Single-cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
No of Valves per Cylinder
Bore ´ Stroke
52.4 x 57.9mm
Max. Power Output
8.4kW/ 8500rpm (95/1/EC)
12Nm/ 5000rpm (95/1/EC)
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity
47.2km/L (50.0km/L with Idling Stop)
Automatic Centrifugal Clutch Dry Type
No shift - V belt
1930 x 665 x 1105mm
Rim Size Front
Rim Size Rear
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
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