Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have discontinued CB Unicorn 160 in the Indian market, reveals a report by Express Drives. Sales numbers haven’t been satisfactory and there’s the additional task of upgrading the bike to meet new safety and emission standards. Ahead of BS-VI, Honda has decided to discontinue models that have failed to make the cut, one of which is CB Unicorn 160.
Launched in 2014, Honda CB Unicorn 160 was to work as a replacement for CB Unicorn 150. However, it failed to get the desired response from the market. Based on user feedback, Honda had to re-launch CB Unicorn 150 in 2016.
Sales picked up pace soon after and in 2018, CB Unicorn 150 achieved the 20 lakh sales milestone. In comparison, CB Unicorn 160 sales continue to dwindle. While CB Unicorn 150 has been upgraded with ABS to meet new safety requirements, CB Unicorn 160 is still listed with CBS (combined braking system) on the company’s website.
This is another indication that the bike is likely to be axed from Honda’s India portfolio. President and Chief Executive of Honda two-wheelers Minoru Kato had also stated a few months back that not all bikes and scooters will be available after BS-VI upgrade.
CB Unicorn 160 comes with a 162.71 cc air cooled, SI engine that is BS-IV compliant. Max power output is 13.82 bhp @ 8000 rpm and max torque is 13.92 Nm @ 6000 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The bike is offered in standard and CBS variant and has a top speed of 106 kmph. The CBS variant weighs 136 kg, which is 2 kg more than the standard variant. CB Unicorn 160 standard is priced at Rs 75,884 whereas CBS variant comes at Rs.78,332.
Suspension duties are performed by conventional telescopic forks and a monoshock unit at the rear. The bike has 240 mm disc brakes at the front and 130 mm drum brakes at the rear.
Honda is working to upgrade its bikes and motorcycles to BS-VI standards. It is possible that some other models may also be discontinued in the Indian market. Honda recently unveiled new Activa 125, which is the company’s first BS-VI compliant two-wheeler.