We got a chance to test ride Honda CB Unicorn 160, the 160cc motorcycle which was launched on December last year. The bike made its entry into Indian market with Looks Good is Good campaign which was aired during Worldcup season earlier this year.
Honda designers have put lot of thought while bringing the next version of its famous CB Unicorn. Just not the engine capacity, there is a lot of stuff which has been added which distinguishes itself from discontinued Honda Unicorn 150.
Look and Feel
Honda CB Unicorn 160 looks very youthful with its new design thanks to Aerodynamic front coil with 3D emblem in the front. The LED tail lamp in the rear of the bike gets H shaped design which adds more beauty to the bike when compared to the older versions of CB Unicorn.
Honda CB Unicorn 160cc comes with a fully digital meter which has digital-clock, trip-meter, odometer, tachometer, speedometer and fuel-meter.
CB Unicorn 160 is equipped with combined braking system (CBS). Whenever you apply rear brakes at high speeds, the intelligent CBS system passes the effect to its front wheels as well, there by reducing the braking distance. We were able to test this feature during our trip to airport road where we applied brakes at comparatively high speeds to slow down at the speed breakers – we were able to experience the instant CBS braking effect.
CB Unicorn 160 provides Mono-shock suspension. The mono-shock suspension feature was present even in its predecessor – Unicorn 150. Suspension system of the bike worked fairly good while passing through road humps and on different terrains providing good resistance to the unevenness of the road.
Performance of Unicorn 160
Honda CB Unicorn 160 is powered by 162.7 cc engine which is air-cooled and comes with 4 cylinders. The engine is mated with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The bike manages to churn out a maximum power of 14.5 bhp @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 14.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm. During our test ride, we were able to climb up a steep flyover with much comfort, all thanks to the torque which this bike offers. The up-hill power and overtaking pickup in this bike is brilliant,
You can read the full specifications of the motorcycle below.
Specifications of Unicorn 160
Wheel Base: 1324mm
Ground Clearance: 150mm
Kerb Weight: 135kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12L
Type: Air Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine
Cylinder Capacity: 162.71cc
Maximum Net Power: 10.82kW(14.5bhp) @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Net Torque: 14.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10:01
Air Filter Type: Viscous Paper Filter
Starting Method: Kick/Self
No of Gears:5
Maximum Speed:106 Kmph
Tyres & Brakes
\Tyre Size (Front): 80/100-17
Tyre Size (Rear): 110/80-17
Brake Type & Size (Front): Disc 240mm
Brake Type & Size (Rear): Drum 130mm (CBS)
Battery: 12V 4Ah
Head Lamp: 12V 35/35W
Road handling and cornering
Manoeuvring in this bike was very easy. The handling of this motorcycle is good even in city where there is a stop-and-go traffic. We enjoyed cornering the bike event at high speeds. As it is a 162.7cc engine, the bike adds more power and provides a great stability while you are riding at more speed.
Honda CB Unicorn is available in 4 different colors:
- Imperial Red Metallic
- Geny Grey Metallic
- Pearl Igneous Black
- Pearl Amazing White
- Fully Digital Meter
- Impressive LED Tail Light
- Aerodynamics Front Cowl with 3D Emblem
- Edgy and Aerodynamic Tank
- Attractive Head light
- Sporty Silencer Muffler
- New mid-size advanced engine
- Combined braking system
- Mono Suspension
- Tubeless Tyre
Price of Honda CB Unicorn 160
INR 69,350 for Standard variant
INR 74,414 for CBS variant
Prices as per ex-showroom, New Delhi
This bike not only looked great and performed well, but also offered a great mileage. We recommend this bike for the youth who crave for styling and power. New additions like viscous air filters reduces the maintenance charge for customers. Overall, a great bike comes with a good service from Honda.
You can find all the photos of CB Unicorn 160 shot during our test ride on our flickr photostream.