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Honda CB Hornet 160R

The CB Hornet 160R is Honda’s answer to the Yamaha FZ Fi and the Suzuki Gixxer. Based on the CB Unicorn 160, the CB Hornet 160R is a stylish offering from the Japanese manufacturer.

Styling wise the CB Hornet 160R is easily the best looking bike in its segment. With its macho look, which Honda was able to achieve by using bulky body panels, especially the fuel tank, Honda plans to target buyers who are style conscious. While the fascia still reminds us of the CB Unicorn Dazzler, the side profile is the best way to look at this motorcycle. However, when it comes to the rear of the CB Hornet 160R, Honda has done a brilliant job with the tail lamp. The X-shaped tail unit looks really good and easily one of the best features of the bike.

The CB Hornet 160R is powered by a 163cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 15.7bhp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 14.76Nm at 6500rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox with one-down four-up shift pattern. The bike gets disc brakes at both ends along with the Combined Braking System instead of the standard disc-drum setup. The front brake setup also gets a bigger 276mm disc and 220mm disc at the rear. The bike rides on the 100/80-17 tyre on the front and 140/80-17 tyre at the rear. The fuel tank capacity stands at 12 litres and the kerb weight at 142kg for the CBS version and 140 for the standard version.

This bike is offered in two variants – single disc and dual disc with CBS. It will be available in five colour options – neo orange metallic, pearl amazing white, sports red, pearl siren blue and pearl nightstar black.

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.

CB Hornet 160R Looks

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 15.7bhp at 8500 RPM and 1.5 kgm 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

Noisy engine
pricier than rivals and complicated instrumention