Honda CB Hornet 160R, which was showcased at the 2015 Honda RevFest, will be launched later today. Aimed at young buyers, the new Honda motorcycle is expected to replace the Honda CB Trigger. The Honda CB Hornet 160R will compete against the likes of Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ-FI, Bajaj Pulsar AS150 and TVS Apache RTR 160 in the Indian market.
Honda CB Hornet, which takes design cues from the CX-01 concept that debuted at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, and will feature a muscular fuel tank, a digital meter, an X-shaped LED tail-lamp and a wire Rear Tyre.
Powered by a 162.71cc engine that also does duty on the Unicorn 160, the Honda CB Hornet 160R's performance is rated at 14.5hp along with a maximum torque of 14.61Nm. The motor will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The Honda CB Hornet also gets Honda Eco Technology (HET), said to decrease friction among the engine components, offering better performance as well as improved fuel-efficiency.
The new motorcycle will also get a telescopic fork and rear monoshock suspension, although the chassis will be shared with the Honda CB Unicorn 160. The Honda CB Hornet 160R will also get petal disc at the front and Honda's Combi-Brake System (CBS) is expected to be offered as an option.
The Hornet name is not new for Honda and internationally the Honda Hornet has been around since the late 1990s, in various sizes of engine displacement from 250cc to 900cc. One of the most popular Honda Hornets is still the Honda CB600F Hornet, first introduced in 1998 and given several facelifts over the years. The Honda Hornet name is considered one of the most popular naked street bikes in the world.
The CB Hornet is speculated to come in two variants, one with disc brakes on both wheels with CBS (Combi-Brake System) as mentioned above, and the second one with disc brakes on both wheels without CBS.