Honda CB Hornet 160R ABS revealed at Auto Expo 2018

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After mediocre performance of the Dazzler and Trigger in India, Honda is at ease seeing the CB Hornet 160R get acceptance in the top bike segment. At the 2018 Auto Expo, the Japanese automaker has displayed an updated version of the motorcycle along with 10 other products. However, the Honda CB Hornet 160R is equipped with a single-channel ABS as opposed to the superior dual-channel unit seen on the CBR250R.

Starting with visual improvements, first up is the segment-first all-LED headlights with Hornet emblem on the bezel. The bike now gets revised body graphics to accentuate its muscular design along with the addition of a new paint scheme – Dazzle Yellow Metallic – to the existing colour palette. It is powered by the same 163cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that churns out 14.9 BHP of power at 8500 RPM and 14.5 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM.
Updates made on the bike is only cosmetic and no mechanical changes have been made. It continues to be powered by the same 162.7cc, air-cooled motor as seen on the older bike delivering 14.9bhp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 14.5Nm arrives at 6500rpm. The power plant is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Braking is done via disc brakes on both ends (drum unit at rear on the base variant) and Honda has only offered single-channel ABS as an option to keep the price under check. The bike tips the scale at 142kg and gets 12 litre fuel tank capacity. Talking about competition, the 2018 Honda CB Hornet 160R goes up against the Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaah FZ-S Fi and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.

The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Honda has changed the instrument cluster backlight to cool blue and added hazard lamp functionality. The bike has a ground clearance of 164 mm and offers a 276 mm front petal disc brake with an optional 220 mm rear disc brake in place of standard 130 mm drum unit. Riding on telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear, the CB Hornet 160R will be made available in 4 variants – Standard, CBS, ABS and ABS Deluxe.