Aimed at the young customers, Honda’s CB Hornet 160R gave Honda its breakthrough in the 150cc segment. Unlike previous failed attempts like Trigger and Dazzler, CB Hornet 160R succeeded in drawing customers to showrooms. The chasiss and engine have been borrowed from unicorn 160, besides there is no major resemblance with the latter. Although, Honda has made significant changes to the engine to make it yield enhanced performance.
Honda has done justice when it comes to looks and styling, the robust fuel tank featuring plastic cladding lends muscular stance to the bike. The sharp creases on the bike work well for the overall look. Up front is a pleasantly designed head lamp reminiscent of CB 600F. There is a sporty digital speedometer displaying all necessary information for the driver. Handlebar is flat and switchgear seems very elementary. Palm grips are nice and grippy and the X-shaped tail lamp at rear is catchy.
CB Hornet 160R Engine Specifications & Transmission
The 162.71cc, four stroke, air-cooled engine develops 15.66bhp at 8500 RPM and 14.76NM torque at 6500 RPM. A five-speed manual greabox is mated to the engine and it does its job really well. Weighing 140 kgs, the power to weight ratio is appreciable.
CB Hornet 160R Features
The digital speedometer gets a tachometer, fuel warning indicator, fuel gauge, trip meter etc. Other features available on the bike are pass light, pillion seat with a grabrail etc. Moreover, the engine comes with electric start.
CB Hornet 160R Performance & Mileage
Performance is at its peak at high speeds, but the engine is a bit noisy. Claimed fuel economy for this Japanese offering is excellent at 62 kms in a litre.
CB Hornet 160R Braking & Handling
Front gets 276mm petal disc brakes in front and 220mm disc brakes at rear with additional anti-lock-braking system in front. There is also an option of a 130mm drum brake at rear placed on the box-section swingarm. Yet another vital feature, ‘Combined Brake System’ is also available as an optional fitment. Telescopic suspension is set in front and rear features monoshock suspension. The upright position of the seat makes the rider lean forward and the footpegs placed at back render a sporty stance to the bike.
CB Hornet 160R Wheels & Tyres
17 inch five-spoke alloy wheels are shod with 100/80-17 tubeless tyres up front and 140/70-17 tubeless tyres at rear. The tyres are massive and provide good grip on road.
Honda CB Hornet 160R Competition
In 150cc segment, CB Hornet 160R rivals the likes of Yamaha FZ-S and Suzuki Gixxer.
Looks, performance & efficient 150cc engine
pricier than rivals