NEW DELHI: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has silently launched the 2018 version of its CB Hornet 160R with a starting price tag of Rs 84,675 (ex-showroom, Delhi). While there is no official announcement on the launch, the company has updated its official website with the updated model.
The new Honda CB Hornet 160R gets a new paint scheme which is available in five colour options – green on grey, orange on grey, blue, red and yellow. However, the major updates on the motorcycle include a smart all-LED headlamp cluster, blue-backlit LCD display with a redesigned housing and ABS.
The company has introduced a single-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with the 2018 version as an optional extra. The standard variant of the Hornet 160R with the ABS has been priced at Rs 90,175 while the deluxe (rear disc brake) variant with the new safety feature has been given a price tag of Rs 92,675 (both ex-showroom, Delhi).
Alongside these three variants, HMSI continues to sell a CBS (Combi Brake System) trim of the motorcycle with its in-house braking technology and a rear disc brake at Rs 89,175 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
ABS and CBS are two different technologies for improved and safe braking. The latter is Honda’s in-house developed system that distributes braking force between the front and the rear wheel just by using the rear brake lever. With this function, the CBS significantly decreases the stopping distance of a two-wheeler while reducing chances of skidding as well. The front brake, however, can be used independently as well.
On the other hand, ABS prevents wheel locking when you use the full braking force, eliminating the risk of tyre slip. As mentioned above, the Honda CB Hornet160R gets a single-channel ABS which assists the front petal disc brake only.
At the heart of the Honda CB Hornet 160R sits a 162.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that churns out 15.1PS at 8,500rpm and a peak torque of 14.5Nm at 6,500rpm. The motor comes mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The bike comes with features like a wide 140 section rear tyre, rear monoshock suspension and sealed low-maintenance chain. It competes with the likes of the Yamaha FZ (150cc) series, Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.