The Honda CB Unicorn 160 replaced the very popular Unicorn 150 and has managed to live up to the brand name, despite aggressive competition in the segment.
The ‘Unicorn’ moniker has worked extremely well for Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Asia (HMSI) and in its latest iteration too, the Japanese automaker is gaining positive sales from the motorcycle. The 2015 Honda CB Unicorn 160 made its debut in December last year and has achieved a milestone of over one lakh sales within eight months of launch. Rivalling the Bajaj Pulsar 150, TVS Apache, Yamaha FZ, Suzuki Gixxer and the likes in the segment, it initially felt unlikely that the commuterish stance of the Unicorn 160 would garner it enough sales in the segment.
However, Honda has worked very hard to build the Unicorn brand name and the association worked well for the new model as well. The automaker managed to sell over 10,000 units from the first month itself and the bike has been averaging around 15,000-18,000 units every month since then. For the month of May, the CB Unicorn 160 sold 18,998 units, its highest monthly sales till date. The motorcycle was also the third best seller in the segment in June this year after the Bajaj Pulsar and TVS Apache with 17,434 units sold.
A quick recap on the specifications, the Honda CB Unicorn 160 is powered by a 162.7cc single-cylinder engine tuned to produce 14.5 BHP and 14.61 Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike gets telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. Braking duties are performed by a disc brake up front and a drum brake setup at the rear. Honda also offers its Combi-Braking System (CBS) on the Unicorn 160. Prices for the CB Unicorn 160 begin at Rs. 72,412/- going up to Rs. 77,668/- for the CBS variant (all-prices, ex-showroom Delhi).