- Smooth Engine
- Mono-Shock Rear Suspension
- Comfortable Riding Position
- Outdated Design
- Absence Of Digital Console
- Suspension Not All-Rounder For Indian Roads
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Honda CB Unicorn 150 Overview
Quality, reliability and excellence have always been a Honda Hallmark. The legacy set forward by Soichiro Honda, still reflects in the products coming out of the Honda factories the world over. Even in India, when Honda first entered the market via their tie-up with the erstwhile Hero Motors to form Hero Honda, their products gained immense popularity and they were probably one of the first to kick start the performance bike segment in India. We are reminiscent of quality performance offerings from the stable like the mightily popular CBZ 150 followed by its successor, the CBZ Extreme. Honda RandD in Japan designed and developed a new engine internally called the CBF 150M and thus in 2005 was born the erstwhile Honda Unicorn, now known as the CB Unicorn and it was offered by Honda India limited as a fuel-efficient performance bike at the time.
Honda CB Unicorn 150 Engine & Transmission
Honda, when it entered the 2 wheeler segment on its own in India back in wanted a sporty yet refined and fuel efficient engine for its 150 cc offering. The engine that was chosen was a derivative of the earlier CRF 150 engine that was seen in a different state of tune on the earlier CBZ. This new CBF150M series engine was a 149.1 cc SOHC, air cooled, four stroke engine featuring swirl induction for better performance. All of this helped the engine achieve peak power figures of 13.3bhp@ 8,000 rpm and peak torque of 12.8 Nm @ 5,500 rpm. Mated to this is a five speed constant mesh gearbox that is a delight to use thanks to its smooth shifting nature.The current CB Unicorn sold today carries over virtually unchanged from the time it was launched back in 2005 barring some minor changes. The engine remains virtually unchanged since it was already perfect when it was launched and it is has been shared in different states of tune across other products as well viz. the CBZ Extreme and the Hunk both of which are now Hero offerings and the Honda CB Dazzler too .
Honda CB Unicorn 150 Mileage
Great power comes at a price they say, right? So going by that equation the CB Unicorn should be a thirsty bike indeed, right? Wrong! Honda claims an overall fuel economy figure of 60kmpl under internal simulated riding conditions. Yeah right, bring on the pinch of salt. While it wonпїЅt consistently deliver 60kmpl, it will definitely deliver anywhere in the 50-55kmpl range in regular riding conditions. That is still acceptable since it will end up giving you almost a 600 km range in between fuel stops.
Honda CB Unicorn 150 Performance and Handling
The Unicorn when it was launched with a monoshock rear suspension in 2005 was setting a new benchmark in terms of handling and it still continues to do the same. While the bike now looks rather plain-jane compared to other competitors in its category, it still manages to look fresh thanks to the efforts taken by Honda to keep it looking contemporary via paint jobs and cosmetic upgrades.DonпїЅt let that fool you though. This is a bike that still has the power and torque to run circles around the competition. Right from the way the ride and handling has been tuned and perfected to the way the engine delivers its power, this is still Rocky Balboa with a mean left hander. The advanced design diamond frame with the monoshock at rear and front telescopic forks and 240 mm front disc all work together in perfect harmony to deliver an all-round pleasant experience that is light on the wallet too.