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Honda CB Hornet 160R

Honda CB Hornet 160R is a bike with the last known price range of Rs. 82,405 - Rs. 96,262 in India. It had 8 variants and 5 colours. It had a user reported mileage of 48 kmpl. It came with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement162.71 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported48 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight138 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 91,729

Honda CB Hornet 160R is now discontinued in India.

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Honda CB Hornet 160R Summary

CB Hornet 160R key highlights

Engine Capacity 162.71 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 48 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 138 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres
Seat Height 790 mm

About CB Hornet 160R

The CB Hornet 160R is Honda’s answer to the Yamaha FZ-S and the Suzuki Gixxer. Based on the CB Unicorn 160, the CB Hornet 160R is the stylish 160cc offering from the Japanese manufacturer.

The CB Hornet 160R is easily the best looking bike in its segment. With its macho look, which Honda was able to achieve by using bulky body panels, especially the fuel tank, Honda plans to target buyers who are style conscious. While the fascia still reminds us of the CB Unicorn Dazzler, the side profile is the best way to look at this motorcycle. The rear of the CB Hornet 160R also stands out thanks to the X-shaped tail lamp. In addition to this, it gets an LED headlamp, and a hazard light switch where one would ordinarily have got an engine killswitch.

The CB Hornet 160R is powered by a 163cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 15.7bhp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 14.76Nm at 6500rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The bike gets disc brakes at both ends along with the Combined Braking System instead of the standard disc-drum setup. Single-channel ABS is now an option, but both ABS and CBS are not available together. The front brake is larger than the CB Unicorn 160’s, at 276mm. The rear disc size is 220mm. The bike rides on a 100/80-17 front tyre and 140/80-17 rear tyre, which matches the widest in the segment. The fuel tank capacity stands at 12 litres and the kerb weight at 142kg for the CBS version and 140 for the standard version.

This bike is offered in five variants – the mechanical differences are with the brakes. You can have a standard brake setup, ABS, or CBS. The other two options are cosmetic variations called ‘Special Editions’ that have different graphics. ABS is not an option for the Special Edition Hornet. It is available in five colour options – orange/black, white/blue, red/grey, green/black and yellow. The Hornet is priced at Rs 81,863 (ex-showroom) and competes against the Yamaha FZ S and Suzuki Gixxer.
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Honda CB Hornet 160R Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Motor is refined with sufficient punch
    • Sports an attractive design that draws attention
    • Comes with several features 
  • Could be Better

    • It is expensive than its competition
    • There are vibrations at higher revs
    • Doesn't get engine kill switch

BikeWale's Take

The CB Hornet 160R is a premium 160cc offering with an unique design language which sets it apart from its rivals. The bike has a refined and potent motor, offers comfortable riding ergonomics and is easy to handle in the city.

Honda CB Hornet 160R Review

The Honda Hornet 160R is the Japanese two wheeler maker's third attempt at luring in the young. It tried with the Dazzler and then with the Trigger, but both bikes were half-baked attempts. The Dazzler completely lacked appeal and the Trigger was just a Unicorn in fancier clothing. With the Hornet 160R, however, Honda has set out not just to play catch up with success like the Yamaha FZ-S and the Suzuki Gixxer but to blow past them. And what better place to start than one that truly defines this class of 150cc motorcycles: Style. The Hornet 160R might be the Unicorn 160 underneath with the engine and chassis borrowed from the latter, but Honda has done enough to create the much needed differentiation. 

What is it?

The Honda Hornet 160R is the Japanese two wheeler maker's third attempt at luring in the young. It tried with the Dazzler and then with the Trigger, but both bikes were half-baked attempts. The Dazzler completely lacked appeal and the Trigger was just a Unicorn in fancier clothing.

With the Hornet 160R, however, Honda has set out not just to play catch up with success like the Yamaha FZ-S and the Suzuki Gixxer but to blow past them. And what better place to start than one that truly defines this class of 150cc motorcycles: Style. The Hornet 160R might be the Unicorn 160 underneath with the engine and chassis borrowed from the latter, but Honda has done enough to create the much needed differentiation.

How does it ride?

 

As we mentioned the Hornet is based on the Unicorn but Honda has reworked the carburettor (says Honda) to bump up the power and torque figures. It has also reworked the exhaust and thrown in a catalytic converter in there to make the Hornet BS IV compliant; emission levels that are only due in 2017. It has given the Hornet 160R a slightly revised swingarm, wider tyres and beefier front forks; these are now 37mm in diameter.

But, the big change can be experienced once you mount the bike. The rider footpegs are now a set of rearsets, the handlebar is lower and wider, and the seat is still low enough for the average Indian male to firmly plant his feet on the ground. This change alone makes the Hornet 160R likeable. The seating offers a lovely balance between comfort and control and even after long hours in the saddle, it won't leave one with an aching back or a sore bottom.

Once you get the Honda Hornet 160R all fired up though, it sounds revs and responds like the Unicorn 160. It is only towards the top end of the engine performance that the additional horsepower can be sensed. The mid range isn't good but get past 6,000rpm and the Hornet seems to come alive. Rev past 7,000rpm and the Hornet enters the 'fun' zone. It still doesn't sound great, but you'd rarely find it lacking in response or pull. It tops out at 9,500rpm.

The gear shift quality for the 5-speed box (again borrowed from the Unicorn 160) in typical Honda fashion, is crisp, precise and a joy to use. The clutch is light and progressive too making the Hornet a breeze to live with in the city. The only real negative to the Hornet's drivetrain is the engine noise. The engine's performance - its free-revving nature and barely any vibes to complain about be it on the handlebar, footpegs and tank even at high rpms - is pretty much sorted. But it's the knocking like noise from the engine - no matter what rpm - that makes the Hornet feel less refined than it actually is.

The Honda Hornet 160R is a hoot in the dynamic department; something we haven't said about a Honda mass market product in some time. It feels intuitive around corners. It tips into bends effortlessly, allows you to alternate your lines, and rarely gets unsettled by mid-corner bumps or change in surface. It has good brakes too. The petal-type front disc with a three pot caliper (the disc is larger in size than the Unicorn too), doesn't just look good, it offers the bite and feel worthy of a faster motorcycle. It's sharp but progressive and communicative. The Hornet also gets Combined Braking, so every time you end up using just the rear brake, a single piston acts on the front as well. It's mostly useful on slippery or broken surfaces. The only chink here is the tyres which tend to lose grip sooner than one expects.

But, it's the suspension setup that impressed me the most. It is a bit on the firm side; one can feel it every time the bike hits a bump, pothole or pebble. But, even through overloaded truck ravaged state highways, it felt like it could do no wrong. No wild rodeo ride, no back breaking thumps and no pogoing whatsoever. It rides flat through undulations as well, even at three digit speeds.

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The Hornet 160R looks even better in the flesh - muscular, big bike like, and completely new age. The tank in particular - with its extensions and that black plastic strip makes it look like a 250cc; the chunky forks and fat tyres further helping the cause. The X-shaped tail lamps are a good addition too. Among the current crop of stylish 150s, this is the one you'd want to buy for its looks alone. Adding to the Hornet's charm is its class matching quality and fit and finish levels; this bike looks every bit as expensive as it is.

It's fairly usable for a pillion too. The seat is comfy, the footpegs aren't too high or rearset and the split grab rails are easy to grip. Now, the Hornet might be heavier than the Unicorn and it might use fatter tyres, but it still feels flick-able and light to handle in the city. The throttle response is linear and it has enough ground clearance to take on the rough just in case one wants to fly past the choked rush hour traffic over the gravely, sometimes rocky, unmade road shoulder.

What's not as impressive on the Hornet is the Trigger-borrowed instrumentation (it's not easy to use), the switchgear (it still lacks an engine kill switch) and the Unicorn hand-me-down rear view mirrors; the latter clearly could have been more stylish to go with the bike’s overall design.

Should I buy one?

The Honda Hornet 160R is an expensive proposition compared to the likes of the Suzuki Gixxer. But, the Hornet is better looking and at least on paper, more powerful as well. It gets a fancier looking, larger front brake, and if you are willing to spend another Rs 5,000 or thereabouts, you can have the 160R with a rear disc and combined braking system. It is comfortable, fun to ride and practical for day to day use. It's not a steal, we will give you that, but the Hornet still makes a strong case for itself for what it brings to the 150cc table.

Where does it fit in?

The Honda Hornet 160R's closest competitors are the Yamaha FZ-S and the Suzuki Gixxer. There's also the Hero Xtreme Sports to consider. And then there's an impressive adventure bike in the midst as well - the Bajaj Pulsar 150AS. So, the Hornet clearly has its work cut out. But as first impressions go, Honda seems to have finally hit the nail on the head as far as stylish, youthful and desirable 150s are concerned.

 

Photography by Kapil Angane.

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Honda CB Hornet 160R mileage

As reported by CB Hornet 160R owners, the real mileage of Honda CB Hornet 160R is 48 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 15.04 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

    Max Torque 14.76 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 162.71 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 57 mm

    Stroke 63 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Carburetor

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 1.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 576 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 48 kmpl

    Top Speed 110 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated CBS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 276 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 140/70-17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2 Piston Rear-Single Piston

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/80-17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic

    Rear Suspension Monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 140 kg

    Overall Length 2,041 mm

    Overall Width 783 mm

    Wheelbase 1,345 mm

    Ground Clearance 164 mm

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,067 mm

    Chassis Type Diamond-Type Frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator No

Low Battery Indicator No

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchNo

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V - 4Ah (MF)

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Honda CB Hornet 160R User Reviews

4.5 1856 ratings 679 reviews
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  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

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  • 4

    Comfort

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 4

    Value for Money

  • 3

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  • 3

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  •  5Best bike in the 160 segment 2 days ago by Mukund Kumar, Ranchi

    I have bought hornet 160r on 30 may 2017.Till now I have ride it 80000 kms .Bike is very much fuel efficient and there is no maintenance .I always do long tour from my bike I haven't got any problem till now. I am very very happy with the bike. Mileage is satisfactory a

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    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      50 kmpl

  •  4Great to try 4 months ago by Soumyadeep Chowdhury, Asansol

    It's a great bike when it comes in the segment. It's sad that it's discontinued and hornet 2.0 came. I have done tours it's great smooth ride. Top speed 125 km/h. Great looks. Pickup is great compared to the segment Cons Gearbox problem and very stiff. Seat is very hard

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    • Got mileage of

      44 kmpl

  •  4Perfect offering from Honda for Indian market 4 months ago by Ashwin, Ranchi

    Buying experience was decent. Paid the whole amount in cheque and got the bike delivered the next day . As per my experience, the bike feels a bit short of power at low rpm but performance is good as you go past 4000 -5000 rpm. Looks are personal preference so won't say

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  •  4Good bike in the segment 7 months ago by Vaishakh, Payyanur

    I am using this bike in last 3 years. I got 48 km per liter mileage. This bike is excellent for city usage. Have good riding experience. Good tyre. The main problem I feel for this bike is its seat. It is very hard. So if you want to ride long distance modify your seat.

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  •  2Honest feedback by hornet owner 8 months ago by Sunil Singh, Sundargarh

    1. At beginning it was smooth and had great pickup 2. Seat could be a bit more comfortable. 3. Personally I don't like the looks of this bike. I was forced to buy it. I would recommend to go for ns160 that is far better than this one. Ns has kill switch, liquid cooling,

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      38 kmpl

  •  4Amazing experience 8 months ago by Sahim, Navi Mumbai

    Read a lot of negative reviews about hornet 160r. But my experience was fabulous starting with mileage, I got 62 km/l mileage which is proven fact. yes it has chain issues making noise but if taken care after every 1000 km's chain tightening and lubricating its well mai

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