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HONDA CB HORNET 160R

INTRODUCTION

The premium 150cc motorcycle from Honda – Honda CB Hornet 160R is intended to be a trendsetter among young riders. Does it stick to be a premium motorcycle or is it less value for money product ?. While from outside it has got attractive looks and what about the inside matters ?. Let us have a look.

Ratings

  • 90%

    Performance

  • 85%

    Features

  • 95%

    Handling

  • 85%

    Comfort

  • 80%

    Build Quality

  • 85%

    Styling

  • 85%

    Value for Money

  • 86%

    Total

Price

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GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

160cc

MILEAGE

45-50km/l

POWER

15.1PS @ 8,500rpm

TORQUE

14.5N.m @ 6,500rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

CARBURETOR

TANK CAPACITY

12 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

MONOSHOCK

KERB WEIGHT

140Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

SHARP LED LAMP

2

ATTRACTIVE GRAPHICS

3

X-SHAPED TAIL LAMP

4

FULL DIGITAL METER

5

5 SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS

6

HAZARD SWITCH

7

160cc HET ENGINE

8

ABS DISC BRAKES

9

MONO SUSPENSION

10

WIDE REAR TYRE

11

COMPACT MUFFLER

12

LOW MAINTENANCE CHAIN

Full Specifications

City 41-46km/l
Highway 46-51km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator No
Low Oil Indicator No
Start Type Electric / Kick
Kill Switch No
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
Tyres (F) 100/80- 17
Tyres (R) 140/70- 17
Brakes (F) Disc 276mm
Brakes (R) Drum 130mm
Type Diamond Type
Front Suspension Telescopic
Rear Suspension Mono Shock
Wheelbase 1346mm
Ground Clearance 164mm
Length x Width x Height 2042mm x 783mm x 1093mm
Kerb Weight 140Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)
Fuel Capacity 12l
Electrical System 12 volt - DC
Battery 12V 4Ah (MF)
Head Lamp LED,12V - 60/55W
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke
Displacement 162.71cc
Power 14.9PS @ 8,500rpm
Torque 14.5Nm @ 6,500rpm
Air Filter Type Viscous Paper Filter
Bore x Stroke 57.30mm x 63.9mm
Compression Ratio 10:01
Fuel Supply Carburetor

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HONDA CB HORNET 160R TEST RIDE & REVIEW

MUSCULAR AND FAIRLY AGGRESSSIVE

Honda has a very different approach with CB Hornet 160R compared to Unicorn 160 and lower models. The overall design and looks are like that of a gym professional with large sculpted fuel tank, fat tyres and large seats. Attractive part of designing is the tank shrouds which brings x-factor to overall styling.

HMSI also decided not to go overboard with too many bends and angles in panels while not compromising on aggression. Other noted bits include a digital instrument console, five-spoke split alloy wheels, unique X-shaped LED tail light and stubby exhaust muffler. Fit and finish levels of switchgear and plastic materials is fine but poor as far as a motorcycle with a premium 150cc tag is concerned.

UNICORN ENGINE WTH TWEAKS

This 162.7cc air cooled, 4 stroke, BS-IV engine with HET technology is found on CB Unicorn 160 and X Blade but with slight tweaks in power delivery. HET (Honda Eco Technology) is a real boon because it offers superior mileage, improved combustion, reduced friction and optimized transmission. But in the real world that does not transform into noticeable performance. With power figures of 15.1PS @ 8,500rpm and torque output of 14.5Nm @ 6,500rpm, this one has got enough to compete with rivals. As a result mileage figures get dropped so making it less likely among city dwellers.


Typical with all 150 – 160cc models Honda CB Hornet 160R one performs well in both low and mid rev range while losing out fizz in the high rev range. Good low-end torque does matter well in the low and mid rpm range. But the real shocker here from Honda is the fair amount of vibrations can be felt on the footpegs and the handlebars. Refinement wise also not that superior compared to CB Unicorn 160 and Honda X Blade. The 5-speed transmission does its duties well in a decent manner nothing to mention here.

NIMBLE AND GRIPPY

Straight to the point here. Handlebars are slightly upright in nature so riding posture is straighter and not that leaned one. The rear set footpegs do bring more sporty nature to the equation. The diamond type frame with the engine as a stressed member does the holding job of all sections well. At the front, it gets a telescopic suspension and while rear features mono shock which does wonders. The overall setup is more on the stiffer side thus not great to ride over uneven roads.


The motorcycle is very nimble, easy to manoeuvre and very communicative in city conditions. In long run along highways, seats act as a villain because cushion levels are poor and the end result is a sore bottom. 17-inch 100/80 section tyres at the front and wide 140/70 section tubeless tyres at the rear does a fantastic job by providing superior grip. ABS with 276mm petal disc brake at the front along with Drum 130mm / Disc 220mm rear brake prevents the front wheel locking in case of sudden braking, while the petal disc helps in better heat dissipation for efficient braking.

FEATURES WORTH MONEY

ABS along with petal disc brakes does braking duties while full digital instrument console, mono suspension, wide grippy tyres, 5 spoke alloy wheels and low maintenance seal chain are things that need a mention. While on cosmetic side sharp LED headlamp, muscular tank, x shaped LED tail lamp and compact muffler add a premium feel to the motorcycle.

HONDA CB HORNET 160R VERDICT

Honda had introduced this model as a premium 150cc motorcycle and does it live to the expectations ? not that much. There are some hits and misses in this one. The real disappointment is the average build quality and omission of the engine kill switch. Setting aside that or taking as an overall package this one does a decent job but not that good nor bad either. Also not that value for money product either.

PROS

  • Wider, grippy tyres
  • Excellent suspenison setup
  • Superb braking performance
  • Good low, mid rev performance

    CONS

    • No engine kill switch
    • Vibrations in high revs
    • Build quality not that great
    • Mileage on shorter side
    • Slightly stiff suspension
    • Low refinement levels