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Honda CB Unicorn 150

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Key specs
  • Displacement149.1 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported53 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight146 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 82,002

Honda CB Unicorn 150 is now discontinued in India.

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Honda CB Unicorn 150 Summary

CB Unicorn 150 key highlights

Engine Capacity 149.1 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 53 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 146 kg

About CB Unicorn 150

Honda had discontinued the CB Unicorn 150 in order to make way for its successor, the CB Unicorn 160. However, owing to strong demand from buyers in the segment, Honda re-introduced the executive commuter motorcycle at the 2016 Auto Expo.

In terms of design, the CB Unicorn is identical to the older model. The conservative looks of the motorcycle are accentuated by the simple and clean decal-free bodywork. The sculpted fuel tank has been contoured allow the rider to comfortably grip the bike with the knees. The tank has a capacity to holding 13 litres of fuel.

Built around a diamond type frame, the CB Unicorn 150 is powered by a 149cc single-cylinder engine, which delivers 13bhp and 13Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed transmission. The powertrain is a super refined package that has played a major role in the reputation and cult following earned by CB Unicorn.

The motorcycle rides on 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels shod with MRF Zapper tyres. The front wheel gets a 240mm disc brake with a two-piston floating caliper while the rear wheel gets a 130mm drum setup. The motorcycle now comes equipped with single-channel ABS for the front brake. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front and a mono shock in the rear with adjustment for damping.

The CB Unicorn is positioned between the Shine SP and the CB Unicorn 160 in the lucrative executive commuter segment. It is available in three paint schemes – black, red and grey. In its segment, the CB Unicorn 150 rivals against the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar 150, TVS Apache RTR 160, Hero Achiever 150 and the Yamaha SZ RR V2.0. The Honda Unicorn 150 ABS is priced at Rs 78,815 (ex-showroom Delhi).
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Honda CB Unicorn 150 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 150cc engine offers lots of torque
    • Great ride quality
    • Mileage is good
  • Could be Better

    • No disc brake at the rear
    • Instrument cluster design is quite old
    • No engine kill switch

BikeWale's Take

The Unicorn 150 offers a mix of comfort and decent performance. The ride quality is good, and with a fuel tank capaciity of 13 litres and good mileage, the bike is quite practical for long distance commuting. 

Honda CB Unicorn 150 Review

We review Honda's hot-selling 150cc commuter motorcycle - the CB Unicorn 150.

What is it?

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

The updated version of Honda's commute-friendly 150cc motorcycle - the Unicorn. From the looks of it, the design is the same as the one launched in 2004, so what's updated? Well, Honda has made the engine BS-IV compatible to comply with the new emission norms. So, yes, there are no cosmetic upgrades on the motorcycle. The old-school styling continues with existing features like an analog instrument cluster and front disc brake. 

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

This CB Unicorn 150 was replaced by the new CB Unicorn 160 in 2015. However, the demand of the 150 and the company's diminishing share in the 150cc segment of bikes made Honda re-launch it for the Indian market. And here it is, still available only after a waiting period and outselling the latest Unicorn 160. It's amazing to see how people who have so much faith in the Unicorn 150's capabilities, making it such a hot-selling model.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

How does it ride?

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

The CB Unicorn always had an upright riding position with a wide handlebar and thankfully nothing has changed here. With nicely carved recesses on the fuel tank, the bike is perfect for comfort in the city. Thanks to this commuter riding position, there isn't any weight on your wrists. The long seat is nicely cushioned with the right balance of being soft and firm adding to the comfort. I did not feel even the slightest discomfort after a considerable amount of time in the saddle. The seat height isn't much and doesn’t taper upwards towards the pillion end, making it easy to climb on. 

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

The engine starts with a crisp note as you thumb the starter. It settles into a smooth idle making it hardly audible. Even when you blip the throttle, the mill feels very eager to be revved. Also, unless you twist the throttle hard, you won't hear the engine. Even post 7,000rpm on the run, the refined engine doesn't sound bad at all. The throttle response is quick and the feedback is crisp too. While the 149.10cc, single-cylinder engine producing 13.14bhp and 12.84Nm of torque may not possess the outright grunt like that of the rivals like the Pulsar, but it makes up for it with its refinement and flexibility. It has a creamy, mid-range that will help you crawl even in a lower gear. That said, it isn't very torquey at low revs, but accelerates cleanly and linearly with a steady twist of the throttle. You won't find the need to downshift constantly even on the highway. And even if you do need to for a quick overtake, the engine and gearbox respond well. The motor revs cleanly while redlining at 10,000rpm. In the city, you will be happy weaving speeds around traffic while hovering between 3,000rpm and 5,000rpm. Then, out on the highway, you can reach triple digit easily post the 8,000rpm mark. However, it feels best to cruise at around 70-80kmph, when the tacho needle is hovering around 6,000-7,000rpm. At almost all times, things remain reasonably calm with slight vibrations filtering through the foot pegs beyond 4000rpm. The clutch is light and the good quality of the gearshifts from the five-speed unit amazed me. The one down four up gearshift pattern works efficiently without any false neutrals. Honda has tuned the gearbox well for city use and the gear shift actions are smooth. That said, the motorcycle won’t be bad for touring either. On our fuel efficiency run the bike returned a fuel economy of 55.03kmpl which is a very decent figure for a bike weighing 146kg.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

The Unicorn will not build up the enthusiasm in you to charge at corners, but its chassis feels nimble to change direction with ease. The motorcycle's front isn't as light as you would expect a commuter bike to be, but then it gives a nice and planted feel even during a quick manoeuvre. The MRF Nylogrip Zappers (2.75-18 up front and 100/90-18 at the rear) provide sufficient grip and are tubeless tyres to reduce the hassle of punctures. The Unicorn's telescopic front and monoshock rear suspension are tuned comfort rather than handling, but are damped nicely to ensure a good ride quality particularly without thudding through potholes. Speed bumps, large potholes and even sharper obstacles are taken in its stride with ease. Braking duties are taken care of by a 130mm drum brake at the rear and a 240mm disc brake in the front. The rear brake is pretty mediocre in terms of feel and even the front brake isn't that sharp. It gets that bite only on giving the lever a good pull. Nonetheless, they aren't intimidating and work well to bring the bike to a halt.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

Anything else I should know?

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

Design wise surely nothing has changed on the decade old motorcycle. On the bright side, there has definitely been an effort to improve the overall quality. The side plastic panels and rear cowl do not feel flimsy now and the metallic paint gives a nice premium feel. That said, the switchgear still feels pretty basic and a kill switch is still absent. Then, the analog instrument cluster might be too old for one's liking, but is pretty functional and gets the job done. Also, the heel-and-toe shifter will surely be missed. One glaring deficiency is the lack of a digital trip meter today, when even 125cc scooters offer part-digital gauges with twin trip meters and service indicators, the analog trip meter that can be reset by any passerby is an anachronism.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

Why should I buy one?

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

This motorcycle is not for you if you are looking for a sporty looking bike that will make you feel special. You will be quite disappointed if you are expecting some fancy design and features. Conversely, this one's perfect for you if don’t mind a restrained styling but want a comfortable and economical bike. The motorcycle is known for its refined engine, long lasting build quality, low maintenance costs and a hassle-free ownership experience. Amongst the 150cc commuters available now in the Indian market, the CB Unicorn 150 is the most practical, no nonsense bike you can buy. Sourcing one from a dealer quickly might be difficult though, judging by the waiting period due to its high demand.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

Where does it fit in?

At an ex-showroom Delhi price of ₹ 70,267, the CB Unicorn 150 competes with the Yamaha SZ RR V 2.0 priced at ₹ 69,279 and the Hero Hunk (₹ 71,020) or the Hero Xtreme (Rs 71,930). It also goes up against the Bajaj Pulsar 150 priced at ₹ 74,603, but the latter is equipped with more features like digital clocks and back-lit switchgear.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

Gear Check

Honda CB Unicorn 150 First Ride Review

1. Bell Qualifier Helmet -

A visually appealing helmet with an aerodynamic profile. It is lightweight, warm-weather centric and gets a very well ventilated polycarbonate shell. Cheek pads are a snug fit with washable comfort liners. Bang for the buck. Price - ₹ 10,000 (before shipping and duties)

2. Icon Hooligan Street Jersey Jacket -

This jacket is great for our hot weathers and comes with a relaxed fit. The small mesh and big mesh pattern at the back provide increased air flow, so that you can get the air all the way through. But it has no 360 zipper, so isn't great with pants. Price - ₹ 10,000 (before shipping and duties)

3. Ixon Moto HP gloves

These are high quality, full gauntlet, leather gloves suited for city riding, touring and track use. Offers good ventilation and a high level of protection. Expensive though. Price - ₹ 9,500

4. AGV Sport Airtex pants – 

These riding pants with mesh in the crotch, calf, back of legs and thigh areas is a real boon in our hot weather. Price -₹ 6,500.

5. Sidi B2 boots – 

These are all-round street and sports bike riding shoes, which are also suitable for track days. However, they are not ventilated, which can make them uncomfortable for everyday use. Price - ₹ 17,000

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Honda CB Unicorn 150 mileage

As reported by CB Unicorn 150 owners, the real mileage of Honda CB Unicorn 150 is 53 kmpl. As per ARAI, the average of CB Unicorn 150 is 60 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 12.73 bhp @ 8,000 rpm

    Max Torque 12.8 Nm @ 5,500 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 149.2 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 57 mm

    Stroke 57 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Carburetor

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 689 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 60 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 53 kmpl

    Top Speed 101 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 Single Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 240 mm

    Front Tyre Size 80/100-18 M/C 47P

    Rear Tyre Size 100/90-18 M/C 58P

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Drum

    Rear Brake Size 130 mm

    Calliper Type Floating, two pistons

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Radial Tyres No

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Telescopic

    Rear Suspension Monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 146 kg

    Overall Length 2,092 mm

    Overall Width 756 mm

    Wheelbase 1,336 mm

    Ground Clearance 179 mm

    Seat Height 798 mm

    Overall Height 1,100 mm

    Chassis Type Diamond

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Features

Odometer Analogue

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 Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm --

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 1

Tripmeter Type Analogue

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator --

Low Battery Indicator --

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchNo

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V 7Ah

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type12V 35/35W

Brake/Tail LightBulb Type

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Honda CB Unicorn 150 User Reviews

4.5 (1534 ratings) 568 reviews
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    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Comfort

  • 3

    Service Experience

  • 4

    Value for Money

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    Maintenance cost

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  •  4A true indian legend. 2 weeks ago by Mayukh Mondal, Howrah

    My 2016 bike, the best and most comfortable bike of 150 cc segment. I can ride 700 km in a day with it, but the handle bar of this bike is not that good, it should be replaced. And its maintenance is almost non-existent, if the engine oil is changed in time. I still get

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      50 kmpl

  •  5With me !!!always 5 months ago by Arjun, Bangalore

    This bike was bought from druesh honda in yelanaka It has a better facility Its very cool to drive The having a medium weight, That children below 15 cannot take the bike. 2 members can travel very easily. It gives better mileage according to the petrol And the radar lo

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    • Owned for

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    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5Ultimate bike 9 months ago by Reegan

    I am unicorn 150 customer for more than 10 years, but all type bikes few years owner, unicorn 150 is satisfied my all needs, every bike satisfied one or two needs, but unicorn 150 fulfilled all needs, only drawback is poor headlight, but comfort performance, maintenance

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    • Ridden for

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    • Got mileage of

      55 kmpl

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