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All New Honda CB Unicorn 160 – Test Ride Review

Honda Unicorn is well known for its highly reliable performance and decent styling.  With tough competition among 150 -160 cc segment bikes delivering almost equal power output in range of 14 to 14.5PS. Honda launched the latest version of Unicorn with the latest engine featuring Honda Eco technology.  Honda has set new standards with respect to mileage of 160cc bikes.

 

Engine

Honda has introduced latest engine featuring Honda Eco Technology. The single cylinder 162.7 CC engine delivers power of 14.5 BHP at 8000 RPM and Torque of 14.61Nm at 6000RPM. The ARAI claimed mileage is 62 KMPL. This is in standard conditions. In city riding conditions one can expect around 55 to 60 kmpl for sure.

Styling

Honda has special reputation for their executive styled bikes getting appreciation from customers. The head light assembly and the front cowl though looks bit ordinary, the fuel tank design with 3D logo of Honda on it adds glamour to the bike boosting up the image. The seat design is made broad and smooth elevation given from center portion offering large space for the rider and pillion occupant.

Combination of alloy wheel and nicely designed silencer muffler covered with insulation gives decent looks from the side view. Tail lamp made in H design gets instant attention of the following commuters.  If Honda had  introduced clear lens for tail lamp, it would  have further enhanced the  looks.

Fully digital meter is introduced for giving accurate readings of speed, fuel level indication. Trip meter, digital clock adds to convenience. Broad display gets easy attention and pleasant feel of reading digital progress of speed and odometer readings. Tubeless tires with rating 80/100-17 used for front and 110/80-17 for rear black alloy wheels gives modern looks for the bike.

Honda Unicorn

Colour and price

Honda offers four colour options for the customers. Such as Imperial red metallic, Geny gray metallic, Perl Black, Sunbeam white. Among these Imperial Red could be the top of the selection one can make. The dashing bright colour can great image of owning a stylish bike.

Unicorn is available in two variants that of 160 STD and 160CBS. The ex showroom price at Bangalore ranges as Rs 75,559 for 160 STD and   Rs 80,999 for 160CBS. On road price amounts to Rs 92,085 and  Rs 98,244 respectively. Basic accessories offered include crash guard, engine guard, ladies handle, Saree guard, seat and grip cover, Teflon coating. Customers can choose optional accessories like Tank cover, Fork lock, body cover as per convenience.

Comparison

The main competition for Honda CB Unicorn is from TVS Apache 160. Apache has aggressive styling and offers  good power too. Wide spread service network for TVS  bikes is a added advantage for the same. With latest engine in use delivering best-in-class mileage and impressive styling giving executive looks to the rider, New Unicorn has slight edge over Apache 160.

Side View

Test Ride

With latest set of features and promising performance of engine along with best of mileage boosts up morals of customers like me. With press of button, engine starts quickly and operates smoothly. The riding   posture is made accurate with perfect design of seating position and wide handle bar. Smooth and quick acceleration propels the bike to cross 40 kmph mark within few seconds from the time of start.  Wide tyres with good thread design   assure perfect grip on road helping to take sharp turns. Braking safety and efficiency is got with front disc brakes featuring 240mm discs and rear drum brakes with size 130mm. With the powerful and high responsive engine one would feel exited in zooming it past 60kmph in quick acceleration. The effective braking system helps to bring the vehicle to a halt in bare minimum time.

In the test ride I took, I had taken to odd road conditions one can come across in city usage. The mono suspension is a great supporter for comfort of the rider and the tough design of body frame ensures the pillion rider weight is transferred to mono shocks provided.  Perfect balance and ride quality assure safe and sportive riding every time.

In the ride I took, within few seconds I could   easily   reach   speed of  80 to 90kmph. I could stop the bike at perfect timing with abrupt entry of pedestrians crossing the road. The perfect grip assured by tyres and highly efficient braking system encourage riders  for no compromise on desire of going at high speeds and bring to a halt to safely park the bike where it belongs.

Front Disc brake

Verdict

Honda Unicorn is not a new bike in the market, however the latest styling features, upgraded engine delivering excellent combination of power and mileage can certainly make a difference for the customer wishing to own a 160cc bike but had to think twice on the mileage figures one can get.  A bike with 14.5PS power and offering reliable mileage of 55 to 60kmpl can certainly bring smiles on the customers.

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