Honda CB Hornet 160r Review
Honda CB Hornet 160r is really a born street fighter motorcycle to give a tough tie to its rivals Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ 16, Apache RTR 160, Pulsar 150NS, CBZ Xtreme 150 and Bajaj pulsar 150, whom the dominants of current Indian roads.
The wings of the brand Honda have really opened up and gone high enough to challenge its competitors at its street fighter cum commuter bike segment by launching the all new beefy sharp end CB Hornet 160R recently.
As far as the engine smoothness, mileage and vehicle reliability is concerned, Honda is always one of the best in the India market. However, Honda lacks attractive motorcycle in its list, which this time did not miss to keep an eye on the looks and design department of Hornet 160.
This had really marked an end line in making up the usual common commuter bikes from the HMSI (Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Pvt Ltd.,) by the looks of Hornet 160R.
The Honda CB Hornet 160r mileage is an another important feature, that takes more attraction on the purchase.
Honda CB Hornet 160r Outlook and style
Head turns towards Honda CB Hornet 160r on roads and parking lot is one sample to the appealing and aggressive yet decent looking part of this machine.
The fuel tank (12 litre capacity with a 2 litre reserve) looks larger and muscular giving a potential feel, and along with the head lamp, the front assembly completely matches the entire fury look of the bike.
The tank’s side cowl extends almost to the front shock absorbers giving the Hornet 160 a perfect aerodynamic structure that splits heavy wind effortless and keep moving forward.
The black matt, coloured chisel layer adds beauty to the surface and allows the owner to stay happy by escaping from scratches or spoilage on the top of the fuel tank for long time and can be useful to rest things (luggage) hassle free at emergency.
The Hornet is built with the dimension of 2041 mm length, 783 mm breadth and 1067 mm in height, which is quite comfortable for all kinds of persons, including tall and hefty riders which sometimes seem odd on other shorter motorcycles than Hornet 160R.
The X shaped LED tail lamp keeps Hornet 160R isolated from the crowd on the roads and looks fresh on night rides.
The exhaust of Honda CB Hornet 160r is slightly inclined and resembles the exhaust of Yamaha FZ16 mid-ship with similar platforms of dual colour fiber.
With the incorporation of underbelly exhaust and split seat might have added more awesomeness to the bike, which the Hornet 160R misses.
The saddle position offered by Hornet is great as both the rider and rear passenger can enjoy the ride. The kick starter of the Hornet seems interesting and the choke control is attached near the engine than conventionally fixed to the handlebar.
The 162.71cc, single cylinder, air cooled, 4-stroke engine of Hornet generates about 15.66 BHP@ 8500 rpm of maximum power and 14.76 NM @ 6500 rpm of peak torque. Mated with the transmission set up of 5-speed gear box, the Hornet 160R remains refined as it used to be.
The engine used in Hornet is borrowed from the CB Unicorn is tweaked and squeezed to get more out of it for torque, horse power and performance.
It is noteworthy to have such refined Unicorn’s engine that was launched by the year 2005 with lots of refinements to provide Hornet 160 a pure performance and reliability than being installed with a new trait of the engine.
Honda Hornet 160r Top Speed and Braking
The Engine specification of Honda CB Hornet 160r powers the rider to tear the wind at a top speed of 110 km/h which on the other hand, made safety by providing single or double petal disk brake support in the name of the standard variant (276 mm front and 130 mm rear drum) and Combi braking system (CBS) variant (Front 276 mm and rear 220 mm), respectively.
The CBS variant of new technology from Honda wraps the rider with safety in the braking department as the rider chooses to apply the front disk brings the rear disk in function automatically, though the Hornet lacks ABS brake system.
In addition, Honda launches Hornet as the first motorcycle to have of BS IV (Bharat stage IV emission standards) engine (Times of India.com).
This is on the safe side of Hornet owners to claim that the bike do not emit beyond the emission standard scales.
The Honda CB Hornet 160R employs the conventional telescopic forks on the front than the modern upside down forks and a mono shock absorber at the rear supporting the riders back.
Hornet 160R Tyre and wheels
The hornet finds ultimate grip on roads for riding with the front 100/80-17 and rear 140/70-17 tubeless MRF Zapper tyres.
The alloy wheels are renewed and newly designed by Honda that looks like thin leafed arms on the wheels however gives a greater riding quality.
With the wheelbase of 1345 mm and a ground clearance of 164 mm, the Hornet makes the ride clear and smooth, even on potholes and hard coarse street with no hard bumps.
Digital consoles of Hornet 160
The Honda Hornet 160 has a maintenance free Exide battery of 12V with 4Ah capacity. The digital console of the bike seems same as it is found on its rivals. Speedometer, Tachometer, Trip meter, Odometer, Clock and Fuel gauge all to gather in the single orange digital frame.
The design and look of the ignition key are bland and looks out dated without matching the whole look.
Honda Hornet riding quality and handling
The Honda CB Hornet 160R ’s racing style is offered with a seat height of 790 mm, weighing 140 Kg (standard) or 142 Kg (CBS) matches the center of gravity to help the rider feel free and comfortable even in city traffic.
The bike feels responsive to throttle, especially at lower gears engaged. The foot pegs are good enough for riding safe and comfortable and the fuel tank accommodates the leg position well. The engine noise of the Hornet is less compared to Yamaha FZ 16.
Hornet Hornet 160R mileage
Honda CB Hornet 160r mileage is claimed to deliver 60 Kmpl, yet the decent level of mileage obtained as we tested is 54 kmpl on highway and 47 Kmpl in the city traffic.
Speed range of 40-95 Kmph was maintained on both the tracks.
The Honda Eco Technology (HET) uses the lighter parts to build the Hornet’s engine. This improves engine efficiency of 11% and reduces 8% of engine weight without compromising the Hornet’s performance.
Hornet CB Hornet 160R colours
Honda offers five colour shades on the Honda CB Hornet 160r , Pearl amazing white, Sports red, Pearl night Star black, Pearl Siren blue and Neo Orange Metallic.
Taking into account of a small pilot survey, Neo orange Metallic and Pearl night star black Hornets gets more likes and seems fast moving than Sports red and other colour offered.
The shining wings of Honda CB Hornet 160r on the side of fuel tank look pretty decent with a plain colour background of the bike. Decal customization of Hornet by the bike lovers shall create huge popularity of the bike on later cases.
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