As we reported a few days ago, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India have launched the new CB160 Unicorn. It has been over a decade when the original Unicorn was launched amidst much fanfare in India. Over the years, there hasn't been many changes mechanically to the Honda's steed in the 150cc category. Unicorn was the first main stream motorcycle in the country to have a monoshock at the rear and combined with the silky smooth engine and Honda's eternal reliability, it was a choice of the comfort oriented customers who wanted more power than the usual commuters.
Going ahead, in past years with only a slight cosmetic facelift and a CB prefix. Now, with increasing competition and a wider variety of options, the company has launched the new bike with a larger 162.71cc air-cooled, carburetted, single-cylinder motor. Maximum power is up to 14.71 PS at 8,000 RPM, while torque rises to 14.61 Nm at 6,000 RPM. A five-speed transmission continues to do duty. Stopping power on the other hand comes from a single 240 mm disc brake at the front, while the rear has to make do with a drum brake set-up. The bike rides on the 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 80/100 (front) and 110/80 (rear) tyres. The CB Unicorn 160 weighs 135 kgs. Honda claims an efficiency of 62 km/l (on Honda mode) on the new CB Unicorn 160. The bike comes with Honda Eco Technology (HET) that ensures improved fuel efficiency for the motorcycle.
The CB160 Unicorn gets as 12-litre tank, tubeless tyres with an 80/100-17 front and 110/80-17 rear. Braking duties are handled by a 240-mm disc up front with a 130-mm drum at the rear. Honda’s Combined Braking System (CBS) is offered as an option. Ground clearance is a useful 150mm. Weight-wise, the new Unicorn tips the scale at a 135 kg; reasonably light, then.
The new CB160 Unicorn is priced at Rs 69,350 for the standard variant, with the CBS-equipped variant costing Rs 74,414, both ex-showroom, Delhi, and is ready for booking at Honda dealers around the country.
The CB unicorn 160 will compete against the rival offerings like, Yamaha FZ-S, TVS Apache, Suzuki Gixxer, and the age old Pulsar 150.