Apart from latest models like Yamaha FZ / FZ-S FI Version 2.0 and Suzuki Gixxer, the older and golden nameplates like Yamaha FZ-16 /FZ-S, Hero Xtreme, Bajaj Pulsar 150 and TVS Apache RTR 160 still have a fighting chance against new Unicorn 160. Here is a brief spec comparison review.
Dimensions – Surprisingly, Honda Unicorn 160 seems to be the shortest here, in terms of overall length and height, while width is average, higher than Apache, almost equal to Pulsar. RTR 160 is the longest, Yamaha FZ-16 is widest and Hero Xtreme is the tallest in the comparison. Wheelbase of Unicorn 160 is also higher than Pulsar 150 and Apache 160, and lower than the other two, making it a better all-rounder. Ground clearance is on the shorter side, just a bit higher than Xtreme and smaller than all others. When it comes to kerb weight, the nameplate that was once the heaviest, is now among the lightest, with same figure as Yamaha FZ-16. Fuel Tank capacity is also the same as that of FZ / FZ-S 16, at 12 litres, while older models store much more in comparison.
Engine – Even with biggest engine in its class, Honda Unicorn 160 fails to impress with its peak power reading, as 14.7 PS is not the highest when compared to TVS Apache RTR 160’s 15.41 PS and Bajaj Pulsar 150’s 15.06 PS. However, peak torque of new Unicorn 160 is the highest in the 150cc segment, at 14.61 Nm. Yet, Honda has managed to continue dominance of the nameplate in the debate of mileage, with ARAI certified figure of 62 kmpl. Others except Hero Xtreme fare pretty dull in this competition.
Brakes & Tyres – Hero Xtreme and TVS Apache RTR 160 are the only bikes in the segment to equip rear disc brakes (as option). All others come with front disc and rear drum kits as standard. Hero Xtreme is the only model with 18 inch alloys, while all others sport 17 inch wheels. Yamaha FZ-16 / FZ-S wear largest tyres, 100/80-17 upfront and 140/60R-17 at the rear. It is also the only bike with radial tyre at the rear, while rest of the motorcycles in the comparison are shod with Bias / Cross ply rubbers.
Price – New Honda Unicorn 160 is priced average in comparison with other bikes on the table, at Rs. 69,350 for standard variant. CBS (Combi-Braking System) version is almost the most expensive, at Rs. 74,414. Most affordable model here is Bajaj Pulsar 150, which has almost same price as TVS Apache RTR 160. Hero Xtreme is the most expensive, at Rs. 72,492 for standard variant. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.