The premium 160cc motorcycle from Honda – Honda CB Hornet 160R intends to be a trendsetter among young riders. Now it is stuffed with more features than ever before along with updated looks. Does it stick to be a premium motorcycle or is it less value for money product ?. While from the outside it has got the razor-edged design and what about the inside matters ?. Let us have a look.
The new Hornet 2.0 looks familiar, but is strikingly different from the CB Hornet 160R it replaces. The LED headlamp is all new, as well as the body panels, and there are bigger and bolder tank extensions giving the Hornet 2.0 the appearance of more muscle. The fuel tank capacity though, remains the same at 12 litres. There are premium touches, like the gold-anodised upside down front forks, and the fuel-tank mounted ignition key, the likes of which is seen in bigger, more premium and more expensive motorcycles. The split seat gives the Hornet 2.0 a sporty look, while the fatter rubber adds more muscle. Overall, the Hornet 2.0 looks sharper and sportier than the CB Hornet 160R it replaces, and it’s not just skin deep. It also promises sportier performance.
The engine, Honda says, is all-new and is not just a bored out version of the 160 cc mill of the CB Hornet 160R. The single-cylinder, two-valve, SOHC unit displaces 184.4 cc, and makes 17 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 16.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. Straight off the bat, the Hornet 2.0 comes across as a likeable motorcycle. The engine is refined, the gear shifts slick, and it has a strong mid-range. There are some mild vibrations at the top end, but 5,000 – 7,000 rpm is where the meat of the grunt is, and it’s quite an enjoyable place to be in, as you accelerate through the gears. On the highway, 120 kmph is achieved without fuss, and on a long enough stretch of road, it will max out at 130 kmph, but 90-95 kmph is its sweet spot where it will happily purr for hours on end.
Ride quality is firm without being harsh, but the suspension does protest when you hit a speedbreaker or big pothole at speed.
The only drawback of the Honda Hornet 2.0 seems to be the price. At 1.27 lakh (Ex-showroom), the Hornet 2.0 is priced in the territory of 200 cc motorcycles, with some capable and established rivals like the TVS-Apache-RTR-200-4V, as well as the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200.
HONDA HORNET 2.0 VERDICT
Lack of power
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