Honda Unicorn Review
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Honda Motorcycle Unicorn Test Drive and Review
Honda Unicorn, the first motorcycle coming out of HMSI(Honda Motorcycles India Limited) was well known for its ultra refined engine. Starting from 2004, Honda had stiffer competition from Bajaj Pulsar 150cc that introduced digital console all black theme and stylish front cowls, which is still leading the sales chart. With cosmetic touch up for nearly 4 times, Honda's Unicorn relives among Indian two wheeler market, in spite of the stiff competition after the introduction of Hero Honda Hunk, Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme. So, what is that magic lying within Unicorn, that makes a consistent sales figures for Honda even now? Let's explore.
Styling and Design
Honda Unicorn is a confident swagger having the India's first monoshocks in its chasis. Honda Unicorn is not as stylish like a Pulsar or an Apache, but you may love it for its simplicity. The underlying theme of Honda Unicorn is Performance. So you may not expect an aggressive look or a sports bike like flaring. Honda just gave a cosmetic treatment to the 3rd Generation Unicorn by changing the stickers. I feel nothing else added to the bike can make it look better. Unicorn is already a pretty bike to hop on and ride. The front Headlamp design with the multireflectors and the Philips 40W power helps me to ride safely at night. There is a small special in this Headlamp. If you could ride it on a fully dark street, you could see the light being reflected slightly more towards the left and less on the right. I appreciate the Honda R&D team to take care of even the miniature details. The smooth fiber sides with Unicorn sticker over it, fits exactly with the bike's sleek chassis. I felt the Seat design is one of the best in 150cc class, not making the rider lean over the tank and handlebar but at the same time giving him a good comfort to his thighs and back. The right arm of the handlebar contains the self start switch, while the left arm contains high/low beam switch, turn indicators switch, horn button and choke lever.
The engine gets an all black treatment, so are the handles, the saree guard, the exhaust shield. The 3 D logo on either sides of the tank is very attractive, like the one in Royal Enfield bullets. The tripod instrument cluster contains the speedometer at the center, the tachometer on the left and fuel gauge on the right. The problem with the fuel gauge is that, it starts showing the level only after first 6 or 7 liters get used. Till that it will show full level. The neutral and High beam rounds glow neatly below the fuel gauge. The use of cheap handle weights is a turn down for sight. The rear lamp is like the Karizma R and the clear lens turn indicators stick out promptly. The gear lever is toe shift, but since the remaining characteristics of the bike are not sporty, Honda could have retained the toe - heel gear shifter itself. The tank's capacity is 13 litres, but it has capacity to drink more fuel. Unicorn lacks the digital speedometer and LED tail lamps that the competitors Bajaj and TVS provide to this segment buyer. Also, the necessary sports feel is missing, although Honda launched Moto GP edition and Racing Blue DNA edition without tweaking any of the engine configurations. The fully covered chain set claims less maintenance than the naked chain set coming in other sporty bikes. Utilities like Helmet lock near the saree guard, key slot to open Unicorn's seat to store bike documents and tools are very useful. The tuffup tyres are very handy in prolonging flattening of tyres during punctures.
Remember its Honda's engine. Honda Unicorn's engine is a 149.1cc with 13.1 bhp. It's one of the refined engine available in the market. I did compare this bike with the competitors like Bajaj Pulsar, Hero Honda Hunk, Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme and TVS Apache. The 13.1/8000 bhp/rpm and the maximum torque of 1.3/5500 Kgm/rpm is the perfect match for the engine. I understood how this engine cleverly gives you a pull even in lower rpm and higher gears. This means you can simply glide at 20kmph in 5th gear without the engine grunting for a lesser gear. Also, Unicorn has the ability to start at any gear, a boon for lazy guys who take their bikes from second gear itself in stop and go traffic.
Ride and Handling
Pushing the stand and opening the throttle of the Unicorn gives me a very smooth ride with easily shiftable gears and velvetty clutch. The Mono-suspension does a fantastic job on bad roads. In fact, one does not need to slow down the bike even in worst roads for the shock absorber really gulps down all the pit holes. Its quite easy for me to turn Unicorn in sharp corners as well as going in full speed in a straightline because, Honda R&D team have given an amazing weight distribution to the bike. Braking in Unicorn inspires confidence to the rider, thanks to the MRF Zappers and 146Kg weight of the bike. Also, the adjustable Monosuspension allows the owner to have a harder or softer feel on bad roads. The ultra refined Honda 150cc engine allows me to rev it harder for a eleventh hour drive and also to float on roads when I feel bored. Thanks to the engine's ability to provide power in lower rpms.
The Roller Rocker arm deployed in Unicorn helps me for better handling. At night, the power of light is adequate for safe driving. And with a pillion, riding Unicorn is a different story. The mono-shocks won't suspend the Pillion from bumps and pot holes on road. And also, as the seat rises up to the rear, the pillion will lean on the rider causing discomfort to his shoulders especially when he frequently brakes in slow moving traffic. At times, I feel if the overall bike's height could be reduce, as of now, the bike is suitable only for guys who are atleast 5'7" tall. This is because of the broad seat design between the rider's thighs and the overall bikes's tall stance design. Top speed upto 115 km/hr is attainable, and surprisingly the engine's "never say die" attitude allows the rider to push his limits and keep on riding in 3 digits figure, which surprisingly even Pulsar could not do, due to the 17 inch wheels rpm limit and the engine's heat developing characteristic. False neutral will never happen in Unicorn. The butter smooth clutch and hassle free gear shifts are gifted for Unicorn buyers.
I personally feel that Honda Unicorn is the best conservative companion to the normal no nonsense commuter. Thanks to the practical Unicorn design. On any day, say whether it is sunny or rainy or foggy or sultry, one could take the bike and go to his preferred place without much worries. Honda Unicorn returns a mileage of 52 kmpl, a figure difficult to attain in other 150cc bikes. With Honda's rock solid engine refinement and technological design, Unicorn is for Wing Riders!
Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler - Test Drive & Review
Introduction Few days back, our spy team said to us Honda to launch a new bike. We were excited, but disappointment when the bike was launched. Partly because of the spec sheet and the price. Honestly, we did not anticipated anything greater from Dazzler, when it came to our garage. But that's not the end of story. Dazzler amazed us and we are simply overwhelmed after test driving the bike in all conditions. Let me take you through Dazzler test drive and tell you what made us to change our perception
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Styling Typically Honda! Unlike the conserative Unicorn, Dazzler is slim, exciting and appealing. The front cowl gets a new treatment and Dazzler lookalike a smart businessman. Slim chin and chrome shades makes the headlamp very attractive. The instrument cluster just sits on top of headlamp cluster. The large shrouds like in the CB twister with embedded 3D Honda logo is the most attractive point in the dazzler. The tank sheds extra girth and now has good knee recess.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Engineering The nice blend of sharp panels of alternative colours - black and red makes the Dazzler more flashy. Dual tone seats are nice touch. The upswept muffler and tail section makes up for the Dazzler new found sporty appeal. The taillamp fails to cope up with front. Overall, Dazzler is much attractive and much sportier than Unicorn. But Dazzler resembles its younger sibling CB Twister at some angles which may not go well with prestige conscious Indian buyers.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Engine On the paper, Dazzler doesn;t look exciting. It is not just because nobody can make better refined than one used in Unicorn but also because the numbers. Dazzler produces just 0.7bhp more than the Unicorn. The 149.1 cc Dazzler engine produces 14bhp of peak power at 8500rpm and 13Nm of peak torque 6500rpm. The one down four up gear box comes with toe only lever.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Performance and Mileage Turn on the ignition, scroll the throttle, the sporty exhaust note is sure surprise you. Unicorn owner could not believe that and may doubt about the Dazzler's refinement. The engine revs all the way to 9000rpm but without any vibration. Dazzler is 8kg lesser than Unicorn and generates 0.7bhp pushing up its power to weight ratio. Dazzler is more responsive and reaches 60kmph from standstill in 5 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 105kmph. Honda Dazzler returned a mileage of respectable 50kmpl.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Ride and Handling No-one have ever doubted the ride characteristics of Unicorn - India's first bike with monoshock suspension at the rear, Dazzler carries forward the superior riding characteristics. Surprisingly, on the handling too the Dazzler sparkles. The slick design, the vibe free engine encourages you to take risk and hit the corners hard.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Ride and Handling Dazzler is compact in every dimension compared to unicorn (15mm shorter, 22mm smaller in length and 12mm lesser ground clearance). Dazzler rides on 80/100 and 110/80 17" rubber. The 220mm rear disc work in sync with 240mm front disc and ensures safer stop from top speeds. Honda has carefully retained the Unicorn's longer wheelbase which aids to its stability. The brakes are very progressive and keeps you settled. Even you drive madly, there is less chance that you get skidded.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Features
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery Dazzler sports alloy wheels,disc brakes at rear and front, dual tone seats, digital speedometer, digital clock, analogue tachometer,handlebar weight and open type maintenance free chain. Verdict We were out completely taken aback the Dazzler. Dazzler is styled superbly,sporty, fuel efficient and rides good as well. More importantly, Dazzler comes with changes which every Unicorn customer wanted for. But only the sticker price breaks our enthusiasm. CB Unicorn Dazzler is Rs71,465. Even then we believe that Dazzler will rule the Indian roads for years.
CB Unicorn Dazzler Gallery
Honda Motorcycle CBF Stunner PGMFi Test Drive & Review
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
Honda which launched the world's smallest fuel injected engine through Hero Honda's Glamour. Honda has once again shown its commitment to Indian customers by launching the new stunner FI. But is the market mature enough to welcome a fuel injected 125cc machine. We check out!
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
There are not too many stunners on the road but even after in the streets for months, the jaw-dropping style of stunner still grabs eyeballs. Look from any angle,you would admire the stunner. The glaring headlamps and the aerodynamic visor is a visual treat. The large faux-scoops sits on the broad shoulders of the stunner's tank. The split seats and body coloured shock absorber spring adds racy appeal to the bike. The upswept rear panel utilises two separate panels for the top and bottom to create a two tone effect. Overall, the CBR1000RR inspired stunner stands tall amongst the current breed of 125cc bikes.
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
Visually it is tough to spot the diffrence between the new stunner FI and the carburreted one. CBF Stunner FI retains the same dual tone styling but Honda offfers two new shades - CBR Red and CBR Silver Metallic. Also new is the sporty half-chain case and premium 3D emblem. The faux-scoops now gets attractive decals and PGM-FI badging on the central panel. CBF stunner FI gets golden coloured engine cylinder cover and disc caliper.
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
The 125cc motor is now fuel injected and is euro-III compliant. But sadly the power and torque rating are revised upward only by a small margin, the FI mill produces 11.6bhp of max power at 8000rpm and 11.2Nm of peak torque at 6250rpm. Honda claims the CBF stunner FI is capable of reaching 100kmph and the PGM-FI technology to increase the fuel efficiency to 65kmpl. On the tarmac, as expected the FI mill is smooth and the power delivery is consistent, but is discernible only if you have ridden the carburetted one. The flat spots are gone and the acceleration is uniform. We managed to push the stunner FI to 104kmph higher than the quoted figure. The five speed gearbox is precise and slick.
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
The suspension, brake and other mechanicals are carried forward from the carburetted version. However for the safety of the Stunner FI rider, Honda has offered a bank angle sensor which cuts off fuel if the bike is banked on either side beyond a certain angle. The new handlebar weight is a welcome addition considering the vibration associated with this platform. The new FI engine and handlebarweight reduces the vibration to some extent but is still evident above 60kmph. The sporty tone extends to the ergonomics as well. The sporty driving position is necessited by raised foot pegs,low seat and flat handlebar. Strengthen your forearm muscles before riding the stunner, The riding position loads weight on rider's shoulder also the high seating postion makes the pillion to bang on the rider under braking.
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
Stunner rides on 17-inch tubeless tyres at the front and rear. At the rear, it uses broader 100 section tyre. The straightline stability is good but the vibrations would deters you. The stunner is nimble but you have to get used to the fork mounted handlebar. The steering is well balanced but the brakes bites hard and halts the bike a bit sudden. The instrument panel is still short of tachometer but gets a malfunction indicator. The small rear view mirrors undoubtedly needs a replacement.
No tacho, small rear view mirrors and hingeless fuel tank cap
Honda CBF Stunner FI:
The price difference between the CBF Stunner FI and the carburetted version is on the higher side (upwards of Rs15,764). CBF stunner FI costs Rs73,573(on-road, Chennai). CBF Stunner gets the right engine though we wish an engine with more power that justifies its styling. But the price would deter even an eco-savvy enviromentalist. It is exorbitantly priced even higher than the proven unicorn (by Rs9,514). CBF Stunner FI is neither superior in fuel efficiency nor in performance to justify this premium price. However its pollution free and its our duty to save this beautiful earth. Is the market mature enough to welcome a fuel injected 125cc machine? certainly not, unless the technology is made at affordable cost.
Honda Unicorn User Reviews
Honda Motorcycle Unicorn Owner Review
Mi interest to get a bike is with the Unicorn. I see lot of likings in this bike. I ride with my galfriend and she too loves this. I see no problem in the bike or with my galfriend.
* Honda Unicorn review and Unicorn test drive report listed here are done by experts. However vicky.in advises users to check the Honda Unicorn personally and decide as per their liking. Mileage figures quoted in the Honda Unicorn review are test data and mileage in actual conditions may vary. We test drive Honda Unicorn bike provided by Honda.
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