SUZUKI GSX-S1000 ABS

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 market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So Unicorn 160 does the role of successor quite well ? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

999cc

MILEAGE

10-15km/l

POWER

145bhp @ 10,000rpm

TORQUE

106Nm @ 9,500rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

17 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

Link Type,Coil Spring,Oil Damped

KERB WEIGHT

209Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

POWERFUL ENGINE

2

ABS SYSTEM

3

PLUSH RIDE

4

DISC BRAKES

5

FUEL INJECTION

6

EASY START SYSTEM

7

COMPREHENSIVE CONSOLE

8

NAKED AGGRESSION

9

6 SPEED GEARBOX

10

LIQUID COOLED ENGINE

11

HIGH TECH BRAKING

12

SELF

Full Specifications

City 5-10km/l
Highway 10-15km/l
Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement 999cc
Power 145bhp @ 10,000rpm
Torque 106Nm @ 9,500rpm
Bore x Stroke 73.4mm x 59.0mm
Fuel Supply Fuel injection
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
Type Aluminium twin spar
Front Suspension Inverted Telescopic, Coil Spring, Oil Damped
Rear Suspension Link Type, Coil Spring, Oil Damped
Wheelbase 1,460mm
Ground Clearance 140mm
Length x Width x Height 2,115mm x 795mm x 1,080mm
Kerb Weight 209Kg
Fuel Capacity 17l
Tyres (F) 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tyres (R) 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Brakes (F) Disc, Twin, ABS
Brakes (R) Disc,ABS
Electrical System Maintenance free 12V, 3Ah
Battery 12V, 3Ah
Head Lamp Halogen
Tail Lamp LED

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FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with bit of agression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now lets go through each words. Honda CB Unicorn 160 has formal design because lines and bendings are way more less. Little bit of aggression and modern 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 distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi colored front forks and mud guard brings x-factor to the design. In rear side everything is fine with H-shaped tail lamp and a well designed exhaust being noteable 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 whatsover for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Honda CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, light weight, with 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 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 upto 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 accomodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper filter along with smooth refined engine does give 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 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 it’s job for long rides due to above mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoil 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 doesnot offer great bite individually but togther it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres does bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback is not that great.

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. Engine kill switch is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel tank, monoshock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

SUZUKI GSX-S1000 ABS VERDICT

HONDA CB UNICORN 160 is a clear value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is defenitely eye catchy 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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