The Honda Hornet 160 R has just entered the heavily contested 150-160 cc naked bike segment. It’s pitted directly against the popular Yamaha FZ-S F1 V2.0 and Suzuki Gixxer. We present you a detailed on-paper tech spec comparison of the stylish Japanese trio.
Dimensions and Weights
All the three bikes are compact and sharply styled and have their dimensions pretty close to each other. The Hornet 160R measures 2,041 mm in length, 783 mm in width and 1,067 mm in height. The Suzuki Gixxer measures 2,050 mm in length, 785 mm in width and 1,030 mm in height. The FZ-S FI is 1,990 mm long, 770 mm wide and 1,050 mm tall. At 1,345 mm, the Honda has the longest wheelbase while the Yamaha’s and Suzuki’s figures are identical at 1,330 mm.
The Hornet emerges as the heaviest street fighter in this comparo, tipping the scales at 142 kg. The Gixxer and FZ-S FI weighs 135 kg and 132 kg respectively.
Engines and Transmissions
The Honda Hornet 160 R has the largest engine in the segment which displaces 162.71 cc, followed by the Suzuki Gixxer at 154.9 cc, and Yamaha FZ-S FI at 149 cc. All the three are air-cooled units but the FZ-S is the only bike to feature electronic fuel injection system. A 5-speed constant mesh transmission is standard across the segment.
Having the largest engine, the Honda motorcycle has the highest power and torque outputs at 15.88 PS/14.76 Nm. The Gixxer finds itself second in the chart with 14.8 PS/14 Nm on tap while the FZ-S FI puts out only 13.1 PS/12.8 Nm despite the technical advantage.
In real world conditions, all the three motors are punchy, tractable and refined.
Tech Spec Comparo
Frames and Suspensions
The compatriots adopt similar specifications in this department. All the three are underpinned by tubular diamond frame chassis. The front suspension is a regular telescopic fork while the rear suspension is a mono shock unit.
Tyres and Brakes
All the motorcycles in this comparo come equipped with front disc brake while the Honda Hornet 160 R is the only motorcycle to offer optional rear disc brake. It can also be specified with CBS (Combi Braking System). Suzuki is currently developing a rear disc variant and we can expect Yamaha to follow suit eventually.
Coming to tyres, 100/80-17 front tyre is the norm in this segment. The Honda is fitted with a 140/70-17 rear unit whereas the other two motorcycles employ identical 140/60-R17 radial rear tyres.
The motorcycles are pretty much evenly matched when it comes to features. Standard equipment includes tubeless tyres, front discs, fully digital instrument console, and 12V battery.
The Suzuki Gixxer is the most affordable naked bike in the segment at INR 75,040. The two variants of the Honda Hornet 160 R have a price range of INR 79,900 – 84,400. The Yamaha FZ-S FI retails for INR 82,159 – 83,159. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
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