Honda Hor­net 160 R

Evo India - - Quick Ride - Words: Di­payan Dutta | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Ashish Cha­van

What is it?

The Honda Uni­corn re­place­ment. It gets an all-new look and some tweaks to the 160cc en­gine from the Uni­corn.

Fun to ride?

It’s slightly slower off the mark than the Uni­corn, even though it’s up on power. How­ever, fur­ther up the rev range, it does feel a lot more poised, which makes it quite nice to ride.

Pow­er­ful?

The 160cc mo­tor makes 15.4bhp of power and 14.7Nm of torque, which is one bhp more than the Uni­corn. You tend not to feel the power un­til you’ve got the throt­tle pinned open.

Ef­fi­cient?

Well it’s a Honda, so that goes with­out say­ing. Honda claim an im­pres­sive 60kmpl which is about what the other bikes in the seg­ment also of­fer. But this is an av­er­age fig­ure, we think the Hor­net is ca­pa­ble of much bet­ter fig­ures if rid­den con­ser­va­tively.

Value?

Very much. All the switchgear feels very re­li­able and pre­mium. It looks re­ally bril­liant and be­cause it’s a Honda, you know you will never have to worry about en­gine is­sues. At 80,000, it is a bit steep, but it is worth the few ex­tra grand.

The new­est kid in an al­ready burst­ing 150cc seg­ment. Does it have what it takes ?

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