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Honda CB Unicorn 150 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 14 2020 Share this blog

Honda has been doing fine with the Unicorn since 2005. In less time, the Honda CB Unicorn became a popular face among the Indian biker community. It was 2014 when Honda replaced the Unicorn 150 with the Unicorn 160. The 160 cc model was quite expensive than the older model. But, the customers still needed that 150 cc bike and the demand didn’t fall a bit. Soon, the company decided to relaunch the Unicorn 150 at 2016 Auto Expo and since then the bike is part of the lineup. 


With the growing competition in the 150 cc segment, it is quite hard to survive for long if you don’t come with any fresh update. Still, Honda manages to compete against some popular bikes like Bajaj Pulsar 150, Suzuki Gixxer 155, and Yamaha FZS. Priced competitively at Rs. 80, 741 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Unicorn 150 tries to fit best in the 150 cc bike segment. Let’s give a close look to the bike’s anatomy. 

Pros

  • Good torque from 150 cc engine

  • Great ride quality in the city

  • Mileage is good

Cons

  • No disc brake at the rear

  • Instrument cluster design feel old and outdated

  • No engine kill switch on offer

What’s at the heart of Honda CB Unicorn 150?

What are the performance characteristics?


The CB Unicorn comes powered by a 149.2cc air-cooled, four-stroke motor which produces 13PS of power and 12.80Nm of torque. This peak power is delivered at 8,000rpm, which is a little on the higher side but the max torque start coming out at 5,500rpm, which results in good rideability in city traffic. Transmission duties are carried out via a 5-speed gearbox. The motor is very smooth and you will barely notice any vibrations while stimulating in city speeds. 

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 80,741

Rs. 75200(Neon Edition)/Rs. 85,958(Drum)/ Rs. 89,837(Disc)


Rs. 1,02,700

Rs. 1,00,212

Engine 

149.2 cc Air-cooled Single Cylinder Engine

149.5cc Air-cooled SOHC Single Cylinder Engine

149 cc Air-cooled 2-Valve SOHC Engine

155 cc Air-cooled 2-ValveSOHC Engine

Power 

12.73 bhp @ 8000 RPM

13.8 bhp @ 8000 RPM

12.23 bhp

@ 7250 RPM

13.90 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

Torque

12.8 Nm @ 5500 RPM

13.4 Nm @ 6000 RPM

13.6 Nm

@ 5500 RPM

14 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

Though, we have noticed that the vibrations start to kick in once you exceed the 5,000 rpm mark. On the highways, the bike feels comfortable till 5,000 rpm then encounters vibration. These can be felt prominently on the fuel tank and, on the handlebars as well. But the ride on the highway feels solid and the bike executes confidence at high speeds.

How gracefully does this Honda accelerate from 0-60?


The motor feels punchy and picking up speeds from lower rpm is no more problematic. In top 5th gear, the bike easily comes down to 25-27kmph and accelerates without much hustle. This low-end torque also helps the bike climb inclines easily. The acceleration from 0-60kmph took 6.05seconds and the bike managed to reach 100kmph in 18.97seconds with a tested top speed of 101.95kmph.

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Engine

149.2 cc Air-cooled Single Cylinder Engine


149 cc Air-cooled 2-Valve SOHC Engine

155 cc Air-cooled 2-ValveSOHC Engine

Transmission

5-speed

5-Speed

5-Speed 

5-Speed 

0-60 kmph

6.05 sec

5.6 sec

5.97 sec

5.85 sec

Top Speed(kmph)

101

110

116

115

In third gear, the CB Unicorn managed to do 30-70kmph in 7.31seconds and 40-80kmph in 4th gear in 9.71seconds. The CB Unicorn manages to return a mileage of  57.18kmpl on the highways and a close figure in the city as well.

How sure-footed are the brakes?


The rear brake, being a drum, lacks bite and feel. The front 240mm disc lets you stop quickly but the fork dive ends up in you getting tensed under sudden braking. The bike came to a stop from 80kmph in 3.83seconds in 38.41metres and from 60kmph in 2.93s covering 20.87metres.

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Front / Rear

Disc/Drum

Disc/Drum or Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

240

260

282

N/A

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

130 (Drum)

130(Drum) 230(Disc)

220

N/A

Kerb Weight(kg.)

145
144

137

140

80-0 kmph(m)

38.41

N/A

36.44

31.47

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single

Single Channel

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

How is the mileage on Honda CB Unicorn 150?

Honda CB Unicorn offers a fuel economy of 60 kmpl. In the city, we found that Gixxer offers slightly better mileage than the Unicorn. Also, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 returns best mileage on the highway.

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

City(kmpl)

N/A

44.67

49.30

42

Highway(kmpl)

N/A

68.0

55.47

53

Overall(kmpl)

60

65.0

50.0

50.58

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

13

15

13

12

 

How well does the Honda CB Unicorn 150 handle our roads?

How well does the motorcycle communicate with the rider?

Taking U-turns with CB Unicorn is not a tedious task. Even with a tight turning radius, the bike is stable in most of the conditions. The CB Unicorn also gets a toe shifter and with an aggressive angle, we would have preferred a longer lever.

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Chassis 

Diamond

Double Cradle

Diamond

Single-Downtube

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

80/100-18

90/90-17

100/80-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

100/90-18

120/80-17

140/60-17

140/60-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic Forks with Anti-Friction Bush

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Mono-shock

Twin Suspension with Nitrox Shocks

7-Step Adjustable Mono-Shock

Mono-Shock

Can the Honda CB Unicorn 150 get any more comfortable?


The seating position on the CB Unicorn 150 is upright with back remaining straight, with raised handlebars and center-set pegs. The seat cushion is quite stiffer and not so recommended for long journeys.  With the upright position, you manage to gets good control of the bike and the rubber gives you enough grip to remain intact with the road. 

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Seat height(mm)

798

785

790

795

Ground Clearance (mm)

179

165

165

160

Kerb Weight(Dry)(kg)

146

144

137

140

Starter System


Electric

Electric

Electric

 

What makes this Honda CB Unicorn 150 stand out in the crowd?

The relaunched CB Unicorn 150 is no different from the model that was discontinued in 2014. It still holds the same charisma and body parts. The bike is smart but not an attention-seeker. Well, it can catch your eyes when parked. The front gets a large headlamp that remains separated from the smoked windscreen accompanied by a chrome strip.  The fuel tank is elegant with multiple colour graphics. On the rear, you'll find a sharp taillight and flows well through the sides.


 From the side, the CB Unicorn looks compact with the extensive use of black contrast. The entire lower half of the body comes painted in black while the centre gets a chrome portion.  The front tyre is 2.75-18 and the rear is 100/90-18, both get 6-spoke alloy wheels. The rubber is good with grip but comes tubed. 

Aesthetic Features

  • Premium Front Cowl

  • 3D Wing Mark

  • Chrome Carburettor Cover

  • Sharp tail light

  • Seal Chain

  • Tubeless Tyres

  • Long and comfortable seat

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Length (mm)

2092

2035

1990

2020

Width (mm)

756

765

780

800

Height(mm)

1100

1115

1080

1035

Wheelbase(mm)

1336

1345

1330

1335

Kerb Weight

145144

137

140

The CB Unicorn 150's instrument cluster still offers three-round analogue dials, which looks quite outdated compared to the digital console offered by several competitors. However, the clusters are well lit and because of the bold texts, it is easy to read.  

What are the features available in the 2020 Honda CB Unicorn 150?


The Honda CB Unicorn 150 comes with an analogue instrument console. The seat is long and well-cushioned. The CB Unicorn comes with ABS, which is the need of the hour. Since it is a 150 cc bike, sudden braking isn't that easy. So, with ABS, the Unicorn is safe. 

The various highlighting features are listed below.

Motorcycle

Honda CB Unicorn 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Suzuki Gixxer 155

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 80,741

Rs. 75200(Neon Edition)/Rs. 85,958(Drum)/ Rs. 89,837(Disc)


Rs. 1,02,700

Rs. 1,00,212

Features

Long seat

Twin-spark Engine

LED headlamps

Full LED Headlamps


Single seat

Split Seat

Adjustable Rear Suspension

LED Taillamps


Low fuel warning lamp

Single-channel ABS

Midship Muffler

TFT Digital Instrument Cluster


Analogue odometer

Neon highlight paint job

Rear tyre hugger

Dual-Exit Exhaust 


Kick and self start

Self start only

Attention seeking Chrome treatment

Split-Seat


Analogue speedometer

Digital Speedometer

Under-cowl

Rear Tyre Hugger


Analogue trip meter

Digital Trip meter

Negative LCD Instrument Cluster

Beefy front forks

 

How does the Competition add up against this Honda

Honda CB Unicorn 150 vs Bajaj Pulsar 150


The Unicorn 150 remains the same as its last facelift. The design hasn't changed a bit. There is nothing surprising in the CB Unicorn. As far as Bajaj Pulsar 150 is concerned, the bike has got several cosmetic updates such as new graphics. Bajaj has really put some effort into updating the Pulsar 150. The only differentiating factor between the two is that the Unicorn gets the toe-only gearshift lever, while Pulsar 150 gets a commuter-type heel-and-toe unit.

Honda CB Unicorn 150 vs Suzuki Gixxer 155


The Suzuki Gixxer is far better than the Honda CB Unicorn 150. Even with different engine technology, the performance of both is the same. Although, Suzuki Gixxer offers better mileage than the Unicorn 150. The Gixxer features some advanced features like Engine kill switch and gear indicator, which is missing on the Honda Unicorn.

Whom exactly is the Honda CB Unicorn 150 line-up for?

With a large base of commuter bikes, Honda has certainly achieved a milestone in the Indian market. It offers bikes with long-lasting build quality along with a reliable engine. The CB Unicorn is one of several other successful products of Honda. Despite its age, the CB Unicorn still manages to satisfy the customer's needs. It is comfortable in the city and delivers good low-speed rideability. 

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