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2015 Honda Unicorn 160

2015 Honda Unicorn 160
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  • Honda Unicorn 160
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    5 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    14 @ 8000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    14 @ 6000
  • Displacement:
    163 L
  • Top Speed:
    66 mph

Honda is set to take on the recently launched Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZ 2.0 by introducing the all-new CB Unicorn 160.

The new bike from Honda borrows a lot of its styling details from its predecessor, the Trigger. The bike launched today is priced at Rs. 69,350 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will be available in two variants, one with a standard disc brake in the front and drum on the rear. The second variant will be priced at Rs 74,414 shall come with Combi-brake system.

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Unicorn 160 BS4 Launched

Unicorn 160 BS4 Launched

Has AHO and new colour in the palette

The birth of the Honda Unicorn was intended to do what the Activa did to the scooter segment. But as Activa went on breaking records and making a few, Unicorn failed to get as much in the segment ruled by the Pulsars and the FZs.

Although it boasted of a bullet proof engine, excellent build quality and refinement close to none, customers were looking for an edge more. This resulted in Honda launching the Unicorn 160 in 2014. It bought, on board, a few interesting changes and add-ons like new sculpted body panels, headlamps and a slip front cowl with new visors.

Keeping the same four stroke, air cooled, single cylinder setup, a new 162.7 cc debuted on this motorcycle that punches 14.6 bhp and 14.6 Nm torque. 1 more. It remained as refined as it was previously. The ride quality and equipment did not change as it was already upto the mark.

With all this, Honda thought they had checked the right boxes to up its sales. But the sales figure tell otherwise. It was drubbed as the lowest selling 150 cc motorcycle in India. Being Honda, they believed this motorcycle has more up its sleeves and yet again gave it an “All New” tag and updated it for 2017.

The new 2017 model will feature the same styling and design aspects but majorly change the engine dynamics to make the new bike BS-IV compliant. In this process, the power is cut down to 13.82 bhp and torque to 13.92 Nm. Back to the same vicious circle. It is definitely not a welcome figure, but has lower emissions.

Apart from this, the motorcycle will get the AHO (Automatic headlamp on) feature which was however made compulsory by the government. The new colour palette now includes a matte Blue, taking it to a grand total of 5. The bike features the new visor and a few decal changes are also included.

Expect the price to be slightly increased to ₹76653 for the standard version and ₹79150 for the CBS version.

Honda also, along with this, will run its 150 version and the CB Hornet 160 which is for itself doing quite well in the market. For 2017, every other bike from the Japanese stable will feature AHO and will be running on BS-IV complaint engines.

We are not sure how this will affect the sales of the Unicorn 160, especially if Bajaj launches the NS160 in the coming year. But rest assured, the Unicorn is one of the most sturdy and reliable machines you can get your hands on.

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Comparison of premium commuters – Bajaj Pulsar LS 135 vs Hero Achiever vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Comparison of premium commuters – Bajaj Pulsar LS 135 vs Hero Achiever vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Find out who ends on top

In the last couple of years, the Indian market of two wheelers has seen an upward growth in terms of both sales numbers as well as maturity. Talking about the latter aspect, the urban Indian buyer is gradually beginning to think beyond the sole factor of fuel efficiency, as he wants something more from his machine – factors like comfort, features, added power and a bit more muscle in the machine he rides. For all these factors, it is the segment of entry level 150cc commuters which, in these days, is serving them in the most apt way. This particular category of motorcycles may not serve the fuel economy of a 100/110/125cc motorcycle, but then, it surely gives the consumer a feel of riding a bigger motorcycle, without sacrificing much on his pocket.

The oldest player of this field, Honda CB Unicorn, continues to impress its target audience with its no-nonsense approach towards design, strengthened by its robust build quality, refinement and the credit of introduction of the technology of rear monoshock in the Indian market. Yamaha also opened its cards by launching the SZ-RR Version 2.0 below the FZ range, which serves as its most affordable 150cc offering. And then, recently, Hero gave a comprehensive makeover to its underdog, the Achiever, which claims to have become much more desirable and better in its new avatar.

Finally come Bajaj Auto, which has the most versatile lineup of 150cc motorcycles in the Indian market. But then, it offers a very unique product in the market which offers the performance and features of the 150cc motorcycles aforementioned above, but at a price of a 125cc motorcycle. This product is the Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS, the only 135cc motorcycle in the country today, which aims to take all the lower positioned 150cc motorcycles. Which one of these emerges out to be the best bet? Let’s find out:-

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Comparison of entry level 150cc commuters – Hero Achiever vs Bajaj V15 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Comparison of entry level 150cc commuters – Hero Achiever vs Bajaj V15 vs Yamaha SZ-RR vs Honda Unicorn

Find out who wins the top spot

In the last couple of years, the Indian market of two wheelers has seen an upward growth in terms of both sales numbers as well as maturity. Talking about the latter aspect, the urban Indian buyer is gradually beginning to think beyond the sole factor of fuel efficiency, as he wants something more from his machine – factors like comfort, features, added power and a bit more muscle in the machine he rides. For all these factors, it is the segment of 150cc commuters which, in these days, is serving them in the most apt way. This particular category of motorcycles may not serve the fuel economy of a 100/110/125cc motorcycle, but then, it surely gives the consumer a feel of riding a bigger motorcycle, without sacrificing much on his pocket.

On closely inspecting this segment, we do find that the motorcycles of the higher and premium end of this segment, which comprises of motorcycles like the CB Hornet 160R, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Suzuki Gixxer, are now churning up impressive numbers. But then, it is the lower end of the segment which is forming up the biggest chunk of this segment, as far as volume is concerned. The oldest player of this field, Honda CB Unicorn, continues to impress its target audience with its no-nonsense approach towards design, strengthened by its robust build quality, refinement and the credit of introduction of the technology of rear monoshock in the Indian market. Yamaha also opened its cards by launching the SZ-RR Version 2.0 below the FZ range, which serves as its most affordable 150cc offering. And then, to cater to the reducing customer interest in Pulsar, Bajaj tried to retain its potential customers with the all new V15, a motorcycle which is quite unique to this entry-level 150cc segment, thanks to its individualistic design and the fact that it contains the metal of the very famous INS Vikrant.

After all the action from its arch rivals in the budget segments, how can Hero be so silent? Just recently, Hero revamped its most affordable 150cc offering for the Indian market, the Achiever, with an all new design and retuned powertrain, which makes it feel like an all new motorcycle. In this story, we are going to compare all these four motorcycles which form the lower end of the 150cc segment, to find out which one fits the tag of the segment leader in actual sense.

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2016 Honda CB Unicorn 160

2016 Honda CB Unicorn 160

With the 150cc Unicorn, Honda tried too hard to make an impact in the segment as deep as it did in the scooter segment with the Activa. But while the Activa went on writing new stories of success and sales numbers, the Unicorn was overshadowed by the likes of Bajaj Pulsar and Yamaha FZ in the segment.

Though, the Unicorn had some really good positives up in its sleeves – its bullet proof build quality, excellent engine refinement and reliability have been second to none in its category. But then, the buyers of this segment (most of them) wanted more, which resulted in the birth of its new generation model – the CB Unicorn 160.

Besides having the good characteristics of the 150cc CB Unicorn, the CB Unicorn 160 brought some dash of chiseled looks and features on board. Now, in a wake to make it an even stronger player, Honda has mildly updated the CB Unicorn 160. We take a look on what all changes does new CB Unicorn 160 gets.

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2016 Honda CB Unicorn

2016 Honda CB Unicorn

When the 150cc segment was at its brewing stage, there were only a handful of motorcycles to choose from. These old school motorcycles basically offered a bit more performance, if not features, over the regular 100cc commuters, thus keeping their case strong for all those who were looking for additional zing in their motorcycles.

At that time, Honda, which was new to the market in its individual shoes (apart from being in a joint venture with Hero), introduced itself to the world of motorcycles with a 150cc motorcycle itself, alongside having a lineup of potent scooters. This first ever motorcycle from Honda was the 150cc warhorse, Unicorn.

In a very short span of time, despite of having limited audience of 150cc motorcycles at that time, the Unicorn managed to churn out decent sales for the parent company, decent enough to keep the motorcycle going on for almost a decade. The Unicorn was the first ever motorcycle in Indian market to come up with a rear monoshock, a major revolution in the world of motorcycles.

In 2015 only, Honda pulled out the plug from the CB Unicorn owing to make way for its new generation 160cc motorcycles. But due to popular demand, the CB Unicorn has been brought back to the showrooms. The motorcycle, this time, doesn’t come with drastic changes, but let’s have a look on what the CB Unicorn possesses to pose a threat to its competitors.

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Honda officially discontinues CB Unicorn in India

Honda officially discontinues CB Unicorn in India

For all the loyal purists of Honda CB Unicorn, there’s something you would not love to read, or listen, or mutter! Honda has finally pulled the plug off from its most successful 150cc motorcycle till date, the CB Unicorn. The CB Unicorn is no longer listed on the official website of Honda Two Wheelers India, as the production of the motorcycle has been terminated at its production facility in Manesar, Haryana.

This may come as a surprising move to many, as Honda was still selling some 5000-5500 units of CB Unicorn a month, which is an impressive performance for a dated motorcycle in a super competitive segment of 150cc motorcycles. But to some extent, this move was logical, as Honda launched a stepped-up version of the same motorcycle in the face of CB Unicorn 160 few months ago, which by every measure, is a worthy spiritual successor of the ageing CB Unicorn.

Launched as the first motorcycle by Honda in India, the CB Unicorn was powered by a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149.5cc engine, which delivered a maximum power output of 13.4 PS and a peak torque output of 12.84 Nm. Paired to a five-speed gearbox, this engine was highly praised for the sheer refinement and city rideability, making it a very impressive power commuter.

However, with the changing times, the CB Unicorn was proving to be too long in the tooth, considering the fact that Honda was doing little to rekindle the spark in the charm of the motorcycle. The final nail on the coffin was the introduction of CB Unicorn 160, which offered a more contemporary package as well as performance, without losing on the true traits of the CB Unicorn – refinement and build quality.
With the departure of CB Unicorn in the history books, the 150cc lineup of Honda in India is now limited to three motorcycles – CB Trigger, CB Unicorn 160 and CBR 150R

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2015 Honda CB Unicorn

2015 Honda CB Unicorn

Honda has had a successful streak with its scooter lineup in the Indian two wheeler market. Though there is one motorcycle of Honda which has managed to churn out sales numbers as satisfactory as the scooters for its parent manufacturer – CB Unicorn.

Born in 2004, the Unicorn was Honda’s first ever 150cc motorcycle in the Indian market, and also paved a path for the future motorcycles coming from Honda’s manufacturing plants. The motorcycle was launched at a time when the 150cc mass market segment was picking up the right pace, with the manufacturer’s jumping one segment above that of the 125cc premium executive commuters.

Within a short span of time, the Honda Unicorn built a strong reputation in its favor for being a ultra-reliable and sedate machine. Since its launch, this is one of the very few motorcycles from Honda which have managed to churn up consistent numbers month after month. The motorcycle still exists in the company’s product portfolio, but comes with a couple of changes to withstand the tide of time. Here’s a comprehensive overview of Honda’s 150cc trusted warhorse, the CB Unicorn.

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2015 Honda Unicorn 160

2015 Honda Unicorn 160

Honda is set to take on the recently launched Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZ 2.0 by introducing the all-new CB Unicorn 160.

The new bike from Honda borrows a lot of its styling details from its predecessor, the Trigger. The bike launched today is priced at Rs. 69,350 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will be available in two variants, one with a standard disc brake in the front and drum on the rear. The second variant will be priced at Rs 74,414 shall come with Combi-brake system.

Click past jump to read all the details of the 2015 Honda Unicorn

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Honda to launch CB Unicorn 160 on December 18

Honda to launch CB Unicorn 160 on December 18

Honda launched the Unicorn in India almost over a decade ago. Since then, Honda did not made any major changes to this motorcycle. On the other hand brands like Bajaj, TVS and Yamaha kept on updating their products Pulsar, Apache, FZ etc.

Now Honda is all set to launch the new Unicorn which will also get a completely new 160 cc motor and is expected to be launched on December 18th. This motorcycle has been spied few times earlier and the spy shots reveals that it is going to be very different character than its predecessor.

The new Unicorn will take on its competitors like the Suzuki Gixxer and the Yamaha FZ. The new Unicorn will hosts a street bike look just like its competitors. The Spy pictures also reveals that the motorcycle will come with a bikini fairing design at the front and a full digital instrument cluster. We presume that the new Unicorn will not come with Fuel injection unit and thus will carry a carburetor instead. The bike is expected to churn out between 15 and 16 BHP of peak power and also will get the 6-spoke alloys and disk brakes at the front.

The Spy pictures also reveals that the bike will be fitted with a stylish ‘saree’ styled guard in the rear and fins on the side of the tank. The tail lamp of the bike carries Honda’s signature styling just like the Activa 125.

The new Honda Unicorn is expected to be priced between 70 and 80 thousand rupees (ex-showroom).

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New Honda Unicorn spotted

New Honda Unicorn spotted

In India brands like Bajaj and TVS has already updated their existing lineup of motorcycles while the Japanese two wheeler giant Honda has hardly made any changes to its flagship model-Unicorn which has been present in the Indian market over a decade now. Even the Unicorn Dazzler which was launched back in 2010, had the same engine with a different tuning whereas the Dazzler which was introduced little later failed to perform perform in the Indian markets and thus an updated version with minor change like, rear drum brakes and chain cover came along in the form of CB-Trigger.

Now, as per some spy shots, it seems like Honda is all set to launch an updated Unicorn with a brand new engine. The new engine is speculated to be 160cc unit while the existing motorcycle used a 150cc motor. It is believed that the new Unicorn that is yet to be released will compete against Yamaha’s bestselling FZ and the newly launched Suzuki Gixxer. Now the competing bikes have been selling because of their looks, but the new Unicorn tends to offer comfort and ride quality as well.

The Spyshots also reveals that the motorcycle comes with a sporty bikini fairing at the front We speculate that the new engine would bear a 160cc motor that is naturally cooled with a traditional carburetor, this unit is expected to produce around 15-16 BHP of peak power. The images also reveals that the bike will come with a full chain covering, optional rear disc brake and also a clip-on handle bars.

Expect the new motorcycle to hit the Indian market by January 2015 priced at around 70-80 thousand (ex-showroom).

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