“You meet the nicest people on a Honda!” If you have not heard the well-known slogan, Google it! But we digress. Today, we discuss concerning the latest premium commuter streetfighter from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) – the brand new Honda Hornet 2.0. And after spending a while with it, we will say with conviction that the brand new Hornet 2.0 has the dynamics to tempt you to discover the not so good facet of your persona with it on a winding street. But then, what’s the Hornet 2.0 attempting to handle? Is it only a substitute for the Honda CB Hornet 160R, or is there extra to it? We spent a while attempting to get a way of what the ‘new’ Honda Hornet 2.0 provides.
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In the 150-160 cc commuter bike phase, Honda has had an issue of lots. First got here the 150 cc Honda CB Unicorn, again in 2004, then got here the the now-discontinued Honda Unicorn 160 in 2014. A yr later, in 2015, the Honda CB Hornet 160R was launched, with a legendary title from Honda’s worldwide line-up. The Honda X Blade, with the identical engine from the CB Hornet 160 R was launched in 2018. Now, in 2020, with the brand new Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission laws, Honda has fully revamped the Hornet, with not only a 2.0 title, however extra importantly, a brand new chassis, a much bigger engine, and the promise of a sportier persona. And in line with HMSI, the brand new Hornet 2.0 with a brand new 184 cc engine, won’t simply trim Honda’s premium commuter product line, however may even take the struggle to the 200 cc bike phase.
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The new Hornet 2.0 seems to be acquainted, however is strikingly totally different from the CB Hornet 160R it replaces. The LED headlamp is all new, in addition to the physique panels, and there are larger and bolder tank extensions giving the Hornet 2.0 the looks of extra muscle. The gasoline tank capability although, stays the identical at 12 litres. There are premium touches, just like the gold-anodised the wrong way up entrance forks, and the gasoline-tank mounted ignition key, the likes of which is seen in larger, extra premium and costlier bikes. The cut up seat provides the Hornet 2.0 a sporty look, whereas the fatter rubber provides extra muscle. Overall, the Hornet 2.0 seems to be sharper and sportier than the CB Hornet 160R it replaces, and it isn’t simply pores and skin deep. It additionally guarantees sportier efficiency.
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Performance & Dynamics
The engine, Honda says, is all-new and isn’t just a bored out model of the 160 cc mill of the CB Hornet 160R. The single-cylinder, two-valve, SOHC unit displaces 184.four cc, and makes 17 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 16.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. Straight off the bat, the Hornet 2.0 comes throughout as a likeable bike. The engine is refined, the gear shifts slick, and it has a robust mid-vary. There are some delicate vibrations on the prime finish, however 5,000 – 7,000 rpm is the place the meat of the grunt is, and it is fairly an satisfying place to be in, as you speed up by means of the gears. On the freeway, 120 kmph is achieved with out fuss, and on a protracted sufficient stretch of street, it’s going to max out at 130 kmph, however 90-95 kmph is its candy spot the place it’s going to fortunately purr for hours on finish.
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Ride high quality is agency with out being harsh, however the suspension does protest whenever you hit a speedbreaker or huge pothole at velocity. But present it some corners, and the sporty design is suitably complemented by its dynamics. With 142 kg kerb weight, the Hornet 2.0 is definitely among the finest dealing with premium commuter bikes HMSI has launched. The suspension is on the stiff facet, and the taut chassis and exact steering makes the Hornet 2.0 keen to vary course shortly. And that’s simply one of many nicest and most satisfying traits of the Hornet 2.0.
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Tech & Ergonomics
The Honda Hornet 2.0 includes a full-digital LCD instrument panel, which is effectively-geared up with all the same old info. There are two journey meters, a gasoline gauge, gear place indicator, service reminder, battery voltmeter, and clock. It additionally has 5 ranges of illumination to make it simple to learn, beneath all situations. However, there is not any show for common gasoline consumption or distance to empty, and what would have been a pleasant contact is probably a facet stand engine inhibitor. The driving place is upright, with only a small lean to the handlebar, which makes the Hornet 2.0 really feel sporty, but comfy to experience for hours on finish. Overall, it is a comfy place to be within the saddle, and when the corners do come up, it is easy to maneuver round and shift weight on the seat.
In phrases of security, the Honda Hornet 2.0 provides first rate braking efficiency. The petal discs on each wheels provide adequate chew. Overall braking efficiency is enough, however the lack of ABS on the rear wheel is missed; and beneath extraordinarily arduous braking, the rear wheel does are inclined to lock up and skid, though the entrance wheel with ABS helps the bike retain its composure.
The solely downside of the Honda Hornet 2.0 appears to be the value. At ₹ 1.27 lakh (Ex-showroom), the Hornet 2.0 is priced within the territory of 200 cc bikes, with some succesful and established rivals just like the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, in addition to the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. For comparability, the Apache RTR 200 4V with twin-channel ABS is priced simply ₹ 1,500 greater than the Hornet 2.0, whereas the Pulsar NS 200 prices over ₹ 3,500 greater than the Hornet 2.0 in its ex-showroom worth. And the RTR 200 4V can also be out there in a single-channel ABS variant now, which truly prices ₹ 3,500 lower than the Hornet 2.0.
The Honda Hornet 2.0 is kind of a pleasant bike, and for younger adults searching for a premium commuter bike, it provides every thing that is fascinating – attractiveness, a clean and refined engine, in addition to taut dealing with which makes each experience very satisfying, be it the each day commute or the weekend sprint out with mates. Yes, it is fairly likeable, satisfying even, and nonetheless constructed for the good guys who need the perfect of all worlds. And it might probably certainly tempt you to discover the younger, wild and considerably unhealthy facet when out on a twisty mountain street. But its actual check will likely be if it might probably handle to wean away patrons contemplating one of many 200s, that are higher-featured, higher-specced, and with some horsepower benefit as effectively.
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