The Honda Hornet 2.0, a new motorcycle from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), has been launched in India at a price of Rs 1.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Read on to know more about it.
- Based on Honda CB190R
- Gets a USD fork
- Has a 142kg Kerb weight
The new Hornet 2.0 marks Honda India's foray into the 180cc-200cc segment and boasts of muscular styling, a new chassis and a few segment-first features.
To begin with, the new Honda Hornet 2.0 is based on the Honda CB190R that's sold in international markets, albeit with most of its body panels changed, including the headlamp and tail-light.
The Hornet 2.0 looks like a proper street fighter, with its sharp LED headlamp, beefy tank and sleek tail section. The tank extensions look seamlessly integrated and add to the visual mass. One design aspect that will remind you of the Honda Hornet 160R is the X-shaped tail lamp.
Moving on to equipment, the Hornet 2.0 is the only motorcycle in its segment to feature a USD fork, and it's finished in a contrasting shade of gold. The motorcycle also has a reverse LCD instrument cluster (a Honda staple these days) that also features a gear position indicator, service due indicator and battery voltmeter. Users can also customise the brightness level, with manual adjustment up to five levels.
Other noteworthy features of the Honda Hornet 2.0 include a LED indicators, hazard lamps and a sealed chain that Honda claims requires less frequent maintenance.
Powering the Honda Hornet 2.0 is a new 184.4cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine that develops 17.2hp at 8,500rpm and 16.1Nm at 6,000rpm. These figures are slightly higher than 160cc motorcycles and just below that of some 200cc ones, but considerably lower than the 200cc bikes from TVS and Bajaj.
What should work in favour of the Hornet 2.0, when it comes to performance is its 142kg kerb weight. For those curious, the Hornet's power to weight ratio is 121.12hp per tonne.
The Hornet 2.0 is based on a new diamond frame, and Honda promises light and agile handling. Along with the USD fork, there's an adjustable monoshock at the rear.
The bike rides on new alloy wheels, shod with a fat 110mm tyre at the front and a 140mm tyre at the rear.
Braking duties are carried out by a 276mm front petal disc and 220mm petal disc at the rear. The bike is equipped with single-channel ABS only.
Availability and colours
The Honda Hornet 2.0 will be available from the first week of September 2020. The colour options include Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic.