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INTRODUCTION

Honda CB Unicorn 160 is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

102cc

MILEAGE

50-58km/l

POWER

7PS @ 7,000rpm

TORQUE

8.1N.m @ 5,000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

CARBURETOR

TANK CAPACITY

5 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

HYDRAULIC DAMPER

KERB WEIGHT

101Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

INTEGRATED BRAKING

2

EXTERNAL FUEL FILLING

3

AHO

4

TELESCOPIC FRONT SUSPENSION

5

STUNNING METER CONSOLE

6

EXCITING BODY GRAPHICS

7

SERVICE REMINDER

8

DUAL-TONE MIRRORS

9

TUBELESS TYRES

10

130mm FRONT BRAKE

11

BOOT LIGHT

12

MOBILE CHARGING SOCKET

Full Specifications

City 50-58km/l
Highway 52-60km/l
Speedometer Analog
Tachometer No
Tripmeter No
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator No
Low Oil Indicator No
Start Type Self Start
Kill Switch No
Clock No
Pass Light Yes
ABS No
Stand Alarm Yes
Type High Rigidity Under Bone Type
Front Suspension Bottom Link with Spring-loaded Hydraulic Damper
Rear Suspension Unit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper
Tyres (F) 90/100 x 10 - 53 J
Tyres (R) 90/100 x 10 - 53 J
Brakes (F) Internal Expanding Shoe Type (130 mm)
Brakes (R) Internal Expanding Shoe Type (130 mm)
Wheelbase 1240mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Length x Width x Height 1750mm X 705mm X 1115mm
Kerb Weight 101kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 5 L
Pilot Lamps No
Battery 12 V - 4 Ah, MF Type (Maintenance Free)
Head Lamp 12V - 35W/35W - Halogen Bulb (Multi-Reflector Type)
Engine Type Air cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC
Displacement 102cc
Power 7PS @ 7,000rpm
Torque 8.1N.m @ 5,000rpm
Air Filter Type Dry,Pleated Paper Filter
Bore x Stroke 50.0mm x 52.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.9:1
Fuel Supply Carburetor

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FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. Honda CB Unicorn 160 has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Honda CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm.

In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. Gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of Honda CB Unicorn 160 this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture.

Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

HERO PLEASURE VERDICT

Honda CB Unicorn 160 is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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