|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||163cc||Manual||15PS @ 8500RPM||14.5NM @ 6500RPM||48kmpl|
The Honda CB Hornet 160 is a stylish alternative to Honda\'s own CB Unicorn and the likes of the Yamaha FZ and the TVS Apache 160 4V.
The design of this new street fighter from Honda is muscular, stylish and aims to win over young riders. Honda has worked hard to offer a bike which competes with the sinewy Yamaha FZ2.0 and Suzuki Gixxer 150. The Honda Hornet is undoubtedly a sporty and stylish motorcycle. The headlamp of this new streetfighter looks sharp and impressive and just resembles the look of its litreclass naked machine, the CB1000. The elongated fuel tank shroud up to the front forks is the major talk point that gives the bike the appearance of a bigger motorcycle with acute edges. The upswept exhaust which mimics the design of the one seen on the CBR series looks sporty and the X-shaped tail looks nice and goes well with the youthful character of the machine.
There’s no doubt that Honda’s new naked machine looks more premium and also come equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster that tells all the basic details about the vehicle like the digital tachometer, odometer, trip meters, and so on. There are other premium features, which includes petal discs for the brakes, which dissipate the heat faster, ABS, and viscous air filter along with a maintenance-free battery.
The Honda Hornet uses 276mm disc up front and a 220mm disc with a single-piston floating calliper at the rear for braking duties. The front brake is governed by an ABS system.
The Honda Hornet uses a 162.7cc single cylinder air cooled DOHC engine that generates 15.7hp of power at 8500 and a maximum of torque of 14.76Nm at 6500rpm, paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Power delivery isn't as silky smooth as it is with the Unicorn, but is smoother than any other bike in the same class. The CB Hornet 160R run 100/80 front section and 140/70 rear section MRF Zapper tyres. These not only look nice but also offer decent grip for everyday conditions.
The Honda CB Hornet 160R can return between 40 - 45 km/l when ridden in mixed traffic conditions. That number can go high when the bike hits empty roads and can also drop down if the throttle is opened with generosity.
The riding position isn't as aggressive and is upright with a hint of relaxed. The rear telescopic forks and the mono shock at the back perform their duties well and the equipment if adequate to handle everyday situations and those odd weekend rides out of town.
Being the self proclaimed car guy of the pack, it’s been a while since I rode a decent motorcycle. Gnawing hard at the last tethers of my 110 cc commuter’s performance while riding to work has been my only two-wheeled escapade for the last couple of months. I was yearning for some proper chest in the wind experience, so when the new Honda CB Hornet 160 premium commuter came by, I gave half a smirk and took off to the hills. Maybe the other half is still reserved for something more rapid.