Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has finally launched one of the products that could be the next big thing for youngsters. The CB Hornet 160R was recently launched at a picturesque beach in Goa. The Japanese auto maker has left no stone unturned to present the bike as a raw, rakish and muscular offering. We agree, the bike does have a sharp and edgy appeal to it, and is an eye candy for sure.
The build quality that Honda has managed on this bike is appreciable. Images can’t do justice with the small details you observe on the bike when you see it in flesh. Talking about the design, the first thing that should be mentioned is the tank. It is high raised with tank shrouds protruding out from the side. It is a single built unit, which means that the shrouds are not bolted on to the tank. Apart from that, the tank gets a black carbon-like strip running longitudinally over it.
The headlight assembly goes in line with the overall sharp design of the motorcycle and when looked from the side, you will notice the dandy finish of even the tiniest components. The rear section gets an X-shaped LED tail light, which again, is smartly designed. The grab rails are silver finished and complement the angle rise of the pillion seat. The saree guard on the bike looks decent and you won’t feel the need to remove it as it adds to the visual drama. However, we felt that the indicators are a bit over sized and the use of smaller indicators could have further enhanced the looks on this CB Hornet 160R.
The bike sits on uniquely-crafted 5-spoke split alloy wheels, which are shod with a 110mm tyre at the front and a fat 140mm tyre at the rear. Not many bikes in its category offer a 140mm wide tyre at the rear. Apart from that, Honda has also raised the levels by equipping this bike with 3-pot Nissin brake calliper at the front, which is nowhere to be seen among its closest competitors. Hornet uses a full digital meter console that is quite easy to understand and clear to read.
The bike is propelled by a 162.7cc single cylinder air-cooled engine. It is a similar unit as seen on the Unicorn 160 but has been tuned to produce more power. The engine delivers 15.5bhp of maximum power at 8,500rpm and 14.7Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. The engine is supremely refined and does not produce any vibration even after spinning on high revs. Soon after crossing 6,500rpm there is a surge of power that pushes the bike faster. The engine has been mated to a 5-speed transmission, and the gears felt well placed and precise. Apart from that, the engine complies with the BS-IV emission norms.
Honda has added a viscous paper filter that requires replacement only after 18,000km, so running costs will come down. The bike weighs around 140kg (kerb) and is equipped with a 12-litre fuel tank. Once rolling, the bike hides its weight quite well and feels agile in the handling department. The handle bar is a single bent unit finished in silver, which is wide and positioned accurately to add to rider's confidence and manoeuvrability. Apart from that, the bike misses an engine kill-switch that is offered in almost all the other motorcycles in this segment.
The saddle on the Hornet is a long single well-cushioned unit and wide enough to hold your bums without causing fatigue. The suspension is soft and it felt effortless to trundle around on rough Goa roads. We are still due to take the bike for a longer run, but with this experience we are almost sure that the trusty Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ16, Hero Xtreme Sports and TVS Apache now have a solid rival. The bike is offered at INR 79,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the single disc variant and INR 84,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-of-the-line CBS front and rear disc variant. The pricing is head to head with its competitors tipping towards the cheaper side. Stay tuned to Bikeportal for the detailed test ride review of the same.