The Honda Unicorn was long positioned as a commuter-friendly 150 in India, and has garnered good sales numbers for HMSI. However, it seemed to be targeted at the more mature buyer and lacked a sporty appeal. Other options in the market such as the Bajaj Pulsars, Suzuki Gixxer twins and the Yamaha FZ series of bikes were much sportier, and appealed to a wider variety of buyers. Honda has worked to address this, and unveiled a much sportier sibling of the CB Unicorn 160, which will replace the older Honda Unicorn with a 150cc heart. This is the Honda CB Hornet 160R.
While the specifications have not been officially revealed yet, sources at the company tell us the Honda CB Hornet 160R uses the same engine as the CB Unicorn. Going by this, expect the engine to make the same power figures as the CB Unicorn – the 162.71cc unit making 14.5bhp of power at 8,000rpm, and 1.48kgm of torque at 6,000rpm.
The Honda Hornet 160 is quite the looker, with sharp lines and angles used throughout the design of the motorcycle. Actually, the overall design of the motorcycle seems to be inspired by the Honda CB600F Hornet’s – a similar stance and parts like the headlamp cluster seem to resemble its bigger cousin’s. A digital information display cluster, same as the one used on the CB Unicorn 160 has been installed on it. The fuel tank has muscular bits all over, and even has plastic cladding with carbonfibre-like finish running from the handlebar to the seat. The seat is a well designed single piece, with a step up to the pillion region.
The Honda CB Hornet 160R has 10-spoke alloys, front and rear, connected by telescopic shock absorbers up front and a mono-shock system at the rear. The rear wheel is mounted on a box-section swingarm. The motorcycle is brought to a halt with petal rotor-equipped disc brakes on the front and the rear, which work together through Honda’s proprietary Combi-Brake System (CBS).
While Honda has not confirmed the expected price or launch dates for the CB Hornet 160R, you can safely expect it shall be priced at a slight premium over the Honda CB Unicorn 160 (which retails for Rs 72,400 ex-showroom, Delhi), when it reaches dealerships later this year.