Hero Honda Hunk Ownership Review by Dinesh

by Kannan on April 16, 2013

Hi, I am Dinesh from Chennai and I am a mechanical Engineer technically. This review is very special for me since it is my first review about my first bike. I will try to keep it as simple as possible. The entire review is purely based on my own experience with my Hunk.

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Early Bike Experience

It’s all started with TVS Champ when I was in 3rd grade. Then followed by TVS SuzukiI Max-R 100, TVS Victor, Hero Honda Splendor (old tri colour stripes) simultaneously with Bajaj Discover first model. And now I am with my Mighty Hunk.

Selection Phase

It is quite obvious from my early experience that I have never rode any powerful cylinders before. Soon the time came for me to buy my first Bike in my own salary. But I was much confused which bike should I buy, which bike would suite for me, for my needs, etc… Since there are plenty of bikes available in the market.

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My initial choice was Hero Honda Karizma ZMR. But then I thought it was not wise to jump directly from 100CC bikes to 220CC bikes without having any experience in higher CC bikes. So I settled myself with midrange 150CC bike. I didn’t except any advanced technology in the bike, all I needed is, the bike should satisfy my needs.

Why Hunk?

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Soon after lot of research I came down to,

  • Hunk / CBZ
  • Fz
  • Apache 160

But my requirements were very clear. “I need a bike which has good performance, low maintenance, good mileage, good engine refinement, and good look ”. In short I need a complete package. I dint go for Unicorn since it looks pure commuter and lacks power. So I ended up with Hunk/CBZ. Both the bikes has good mileage, comfort, less maintenance, good look.

After riding CBZ I felt the comfort level and turning ability is better in Hunk than CBZ along with better mileage Moreover Hunk looks bigger in size and the masculine appearance really attracted me. I’m 6feet tall and I really wanted a big bike. After lot of R&D for two months I booked Hunk Ebony Grey and I was very particular in that colour. So I had to wait for 6 months for getting that colour and finally arrived on December 2011.

Break-In Period

Break-in Period is like; let’s say Childhood stage, where it needs utmost care and guidance. I kept my bike under 45km/hr for 500km then under 55 km/hr for 1500km. While shifting the gears I always raise the engine a bit then I shift the gear. I also followed smooth throttling and I tried to avoid unnecessary braking.

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But unexpectedly for the first few hundred kilometers, I felt like I have made a wrong choice. The gear shifting was hard, not a good mileage (40-45 almost same as FZ’s), vibration problem, most importantly poor pickup. My expectation about Hunk was teared apart. I felt like there was no hope. The only satisfaction is the look.

The bike looked really big and tank shoulder adds more beauty. I also felt good about the sportive seating position with elevated handle bar. When I approached few Hunk owners about the poor performance, they told me “ Be patient, wait until 3000KM or so and then look for the improvement”. But without much hope I continued to first service.

Those Magical Moments

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To my surprise, those magical moments happened. My Hunk was getting better and better with each service. It surprised me with its performance with each day passes by. The gear shifting became smooth, pickup improved a lot. Good mileage. No vibration at high speed. I felt like I have got my breath back. The actual performance was attained 5000KM onwards. And now I am very proud that I have made the best choice in my life so far.

Performance (9/10)

The heart is borrowed from CB Unicorn with slightly tuned for more power and speed. The Engine is more silent and really defines the meaning of butter smooth. The bike has got wonderful low end torque which makes this bike a lot quicker and has good pickup due to shorter gear ratio. One can really feel the torque rushing through the piston and you will feel like you have been pulled by a strong force along with the bike.

The throttle response is very good, of course only behind Apache. Though I never tested the top speed, once I reached 105Km/hr with pillion; still I can feel there is more power and torque left in the cylinder ready to rush through the piston and waiting for my throttle but the road limits it. But frankly I never needed those fancy numbers, so called ‘top speed’ since iam not at all going to be in track.

Handling (8.5/10)

The handling so far I felt is really good. The cornering is very comfortable and easy, Suspension is really good and doesn’t reveal you the real hardness of the road. The turning ability is really good and is one of the most admiring things in this bike. The Center of Gravity is well balanced that, while hard braking, the bike stops at straight line without any wobbling.

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Even one can ride really slow, say 2 km/hr without balancing with their legs and it is really helpful in traffic. Since the bike is heavy, it makes the bike more stable at high speed. I was wondering how these Hero Honda guys were able to achieve such a good handling & comfort without having any mono suspension or wider tyres.

Comfort (9/10)

When comes comfort, the bike really scores well. This bike is really comfortable for long and short trips. Even at 100km/hr, this bike doesn’t vibrate much and it is rock solid. I went one step further to test how far it is solid at high speed. I took both my hands off from the handle bar when I was going at 97km/hr (without pillion), believe me, the bike kept a strict straight line travel without dragging to the either sides.

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Right from 0 till 100 this bike is rock solid. Most of the time I felt like I am going in a car. The seating position is in between sportive and commuterish but with elevated handle bar which makes the ride really comfortable. The tank shoulder doesn’t bother my knees though I am 6 feet tall. Regarding vibration, I feel tuning fork vibration at 50-60km/h and at 100+ km/h.

Mileage (8.5/10)

Here comes the million dollar question; What is the Mileage of this bike? For my riding style iam getting on an average of55-60 km/lit in highways ( < 80km/hr) and 47-50 km/lit inside city ( <70km/hr) and 50-55km/l with mixed ride. I am very much satisfied with the mileage it is delivering. Its all depend on the break-in period and riding style. For the pure mileage concern, riding in-between 50-55 kmph would be ideal for this bike.

Look (9/10)

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Well, this is purely my opinion. This bike is designed in Italy. It looks really big and bulkier. Tank shoulder and headlight visor arrangement is much attractive. Mine is a digital-LED version and it really looks cool. Many feels that rear portion doesn’t look great, but in my opinion, Hero Honda tried to give the bike a bull look and that’s why they have considered projected tail which looks overall good.

Pros

  • Excellent in all departments.
  • Good low end torque and initial pickup
  • It has one of the best Engine transmission systems in its class to achieve performance as much as closer to the theoretical value.
  • Very comfortable for both short and long rides.
  • Very stable at high speed.
  • Weight is well balanced which helps in braking.
  • Good throttle response and good acceleration due to shorter gear ratio.
  • Butter smooth and silent engine & smooth gear box.
  • Comfortable for pillion rider.

Cons

Just like two sides of a coin, I felt there are few things that can be still improved.

  • As a typical for hero honda, had to change my headlight bulb and Horn for the betterment.
  • My bike has no Kick option. Hence when I took my bike after a month or so, the battery drains and I got to push and start my bike. But the new Hunk has Kick start and is very useful.
  • Paint quality is not much admirable. My paint coating in the engine has peeled off at some places within a year

Conclusion

The above said facts and ratings are purely based on my personal experience with my Hunk. I would say my bike is performing exceptionally well. Most owners would agree with this except for mileage which may differ. If someone comes and asks me “how is the Bike.?”.

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I would proudly handover the keys and let them feel the awesome experience. Never judge this bike through the theoretical figures, but how far the engine spec is achieved in reality is the major concern. In a nutshell, If you are looking for a good all-rounder (at least 8.5/10), then this is the bike for you.

This review might be long, but I tried my best to express everything in word so that reader may get complete detail about this bike. Based upon the feedback received during my bike selection phase I would say, “Hunk: One Of The Most Under Ratted Bikes In India”.

Some Useful Tips

  • Always wear helmet. Please remember being stylish is not so important than being Safe. I know a guy who lost his life while riding just at 30km/h.
  • Maintain correct tyre pressure. This plays major role in reducing vibration, mileage, tyre life, acceleration and comfort.
  • Take good care of your bike. Spend some time in cleaning your bike. I used to clean for nearly 3 hours.
  • Always warm-up your bike in the morning before taking rides. Its simple and effective but most of us don’t follow or aware of it.
  • Check the engine oil quality and quantity periodically. It plays major role in keeping Engine and other mechanical systems healthier.

Regards,
Dinesh

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Arunkumar April 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Dinesh, Im very happy to see your review. The review was crip, clear and was to the point. But I am a bit unsatisfied with my X-Treme, hope you recognise me, I have given a review on my Hero X-Treme, two months ago. Where do you stay in Chennai? Which service center do you approach to for services? How is the service rendered there? I experience some vibrations around 4000 RPM. The service center guys are not even ready to accept my complaint and they are just taking me classes. I reach Mohana motors, Velachery for service.

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Dinesh April 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Hi Arun, yea i remember you.
i always do service from Southern auto near nandanam. iam pretty much satisfied. vibration prob will persist , but will get almost clear after running for 5000+ Km. but no chance for vibration at high speed.:)

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Arun April 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hi Dinesh,
I want to share something with you. I used the hear the valve sound before the second service. Hence I requested the service personnel to fix this issue and they did it and the valves were tightened. But all the troubles started after. There were more virbations, poor pick-up and poor mileage as low as 40 kmpl….I am still unable to fix it. I am riding the bike with the vibrations still. Do you have any idea what would it be? My personal mechanic says that the service center personnel should have tightened the valves more than the optimal levels. I have another doubt too. Does adjusting the clutch cable affect the gear shifting charateristics? Because I could sense change in gear shifting after the clutch cable was adjusted.

vishnu.r May 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

i too have this problem,my bike vibrates after 4000 rpm even in top gear.feels like i am riding my bike without changing the gears……………..

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AJITH April 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

hi boss. its cool and superb.. u expressed all, that in my heart..
i too having hunk, good and perfect..

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Dinesh April 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thank you :)

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J K April 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Nice review and cool photos bro :)

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Dinesh April 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Thank you.:)

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Dinesh April 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thank you:)

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Dinesh April 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm

True indeed:)

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Dinesh April 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hi arun,
Regarding valve tightening, what you are referring is valve tappet adjustment. you can hear a different tuk, tuk sound along with the normal engine sound. this is more audible at higher rpm.As far as i know valve tappet adjustment plays major role in vibration only.Between what kind of vibration you are referring to.? handlebar.? foot reat.? or whole engine along with tha bike ? i informed ASC twice and finally it got adjusted, that means there is no sound. how much KMs you have done..?
below check whether you have ensured the following
1. Air pressure. i follow 25 & 35 psi for single.
2. Engine oil quality and also quantity.
3.How do calculate mileage.? reserve to reserve.?
4.Check whether engine is mounted firmly on the chassis. this also causes vibration.?
5.MOST IMPORTANT, GO FOR LONG RIDE WHERE YOU CAN MAINTAIN STEADY SPEED. ride at 50-70 constantly for atleast 10-15KM. the only possible way is to take the highway. i used to take long route especially highways at the early stage (2000+kms) for this particular reason.Just by riding inside the city alone you cannot have a healthier engine. in city you cant go beyond 60 continuously. the engine should be trained for all the conditions. so go for long ride.My personnel experience.!
As far as i know, clutch cable adjustment will not have any effect on gear shifting smoothness.
I think your bike is a new one. you have to run for atleast 4000KM+ to get settle down.

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Arunkumar April 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hi Dinesh, thanks for the response. For the question of kind of vibration, I did not have any obvious vibrations before the bike was adjusted for tappet settings. But now, I sense the vibrations on the handlebar, under the seat and on the brake pedal but these were not available before the tappet adjustment. Before the adjustment, I felt some minor vibrations, but were very negligible and did not interrupt my pleasure. My bike has run more than 4000 kms and should be approximately 4150 kms when I write this message to you. I took the bike to the ASC and directly complained it to the SC manager, since my personal mechanic advised me to take it to the SC and have the settings checked again, the manager paid attention to my complaint, but did not accept it, and he explained everything was alright after he took my bike for a test ride. He did every thing to convince me. I feel a vibrating sound around the headlight on 4000 RPM @ 5th gear, at 3000 RPM @ 2nd gear and vice versa. The same range applies for the vibrations too. Im feeling unsatisfied to ride my bike nowadays. As per the service manual, engine oil was changed at the first service and shall be changed again at 6000 kms at third service. I dont think even oil change should be a cause. My engine use to run 200 kms a week since I ride 40 kms a day. How is the service rendered at Southern motors, Nandanam? Because if you commend them, I would take my bike for check-up. But I am not sure whether or not they would accept the bike since it was serviced at a different branch….

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Arunkumar April 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Dinesh, there is also another question from me. Does tightening of the valves beyond the optimal levels cause less mileage and pick-up (performance)?

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Dinesh April 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi arun
Any service center should accept our bike. thats their job. iam satisfied with southern auto. when i told first time to adjust the tappet, they dint completely. just the sound was reduced a bit. but second time i complained like ” the valve tappet needs adjustment and more tuk tuk sound is comming. even the whole engine is vibrating. i cant even ride beyond 45″. i pretty much exaggerated few things. then they did perfect adjustment. tell them that the whole engine itself vibrating.
Tappet sound will lead to more vibration, but iam not sure whether they will reduce performance. because on that time also my bike pickup and mileage dint drop.
Try change your engine oil again. but use the recommended one only(hero honda oil) atleast for 10000 kns.I felt lot of difference after changing the oil. low quantity of oil also leads to insufficient lubrication. check whether your oil is dark ash in colour or golden in colour. if dark ash, then definitely you have to change the oil. may be in your bike, the bur formation is more.
and please go for long ride. definitely you will feel the difference.
did you check tyre pressure. too much will lead to more vibration.

Mahesh April 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Hi Dinesh..! I would like to know which bulb you’re using for your headlight.. Please do reply..!

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Dinesh April 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Philips blue vision or osram cool blue.
but both are aesthetic upgrade.

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Dinesh April 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

best one is osram night racer 35W.

Ashis April 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Best pics of Hunk till now and a very honest review, though the vibes and mileage vary with each bike. Great write up dude.

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Dinesh April 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

Thanks mate..??

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Dinesh April 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

sorry typo error. Thanks.

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Ravi April 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Awesome Review Dinesh….And Yup HUNK Is the Best 150cc Bike :-)

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Dinesh April 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Ravi :)

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Visakh April 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hai Brother I ‘m from Thiruvananthapuram. satisfying review Dinesh. My Hunk completed 14000 km. I always ride between 40-50 km/Hr. My mileage is 48. Every day I ride 15 km. Is the mileage good or not ? What is the servicing period of Hunk ? Is it 2000 km or 2500 km or 3 months ?

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Dinesh April 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi visakh,
for your daily riding KMs, it is good, normally the more shorter you ride, the lesser will be the mileage. i assume your daily trip covers 7+7. between,is it inside city with much traffic..??
for servicing, its enough to maintain 3000km mark. but i hope, you cant complete 3000km within 3months. so in that case you can do service in 3 months, if we follow the instruction in manual, its fair enough.

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Dinesh April 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

and one more thing, riding really slow will not improve mileage and acceleration. you should atleast drive at 45+ kmph

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Visakh April 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

Please… give an answer Bro

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Dinesh April 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

I replied long time back.its getting lots of time to admin approval

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Dinesh April 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

I replied long time back.its taking lots of time for admin approval

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true April 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

One thing i dont agree about this review. The hunk pillion seat is very tall, so it is difficult for pillion to climb onto seat. Also, hunk pillion seat is very narrow, not very comfortable.

Gs150r pillion seat is also tall, so difficult for pillion to climb onto seat. But Gs150r pillion seat is wide, so once pillion sits, then it is comfortable.

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Dinesh April 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

yes its narrow and bit elevated. but the suspension works like magic when pillion is on.A pillion can get complete comfort only in Thunder bird where you will have support for the back. other bikes cannot give complete comfort. But Hunk’s dual GRS comes into picture with pillion. this is one of the pros over mono suspension which is more comfortable for rider than pillion.

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Visakh April 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thank you Dinesh.
Is there a whistle sound coming from the suspension in any Hunks ? How can we overcome it ?

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Visakh April 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Can you suggest me a good battery for my Hunk ? I have only Self Start .

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Dinesh April 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Visakh,
sorry man, i have never came across any such noise from suspension. if so that could be corrected by adjusting it. ASC guys will do during service,

For battery, i always prefer Exide battery, but amaron is also good. always go for recommended power. since i dont have much knowledge in electrical dept, i cannot advice you in upgrading the battery power from the stock one.
But anyway, i will check and confirm about upgrading the power.

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Visakh May 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hai Dinesh
Next week I’ll go to service my Hunk. I have completed 15000 kms. What are the things that need my attention? Hope you reply soon.

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Dinesh May 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

Hi Visakh,

Hope you are in paid service.
we cant do much. whatever you say, ASC guys will not do anything special.
Just say normal service, and if you have any specific issue like battery prob, address it. other than that it is not possible to know what they have done.

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vishnu.r May 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I too have same problem,my hunk starts to vibrate after 4000rpm in top gear.It achieves 48-49KM/H frm 4000rpm in top gear.If ride it beyond 50KM/H feels like the gears are not changed….

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Dinesh May 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

@Vishnu There are lot of thing needs to be considered while deciding the performance of the bike. Merely the CC of the bike alone doesnt decide the overall performance, but right from the piston design(length), gear train ratio,chain design, sprocket and so on. but CC plays major role since it the power house. But how far engineers are utilizing the available power and torque for designing bike is a real challenge. Normally if you see a spec 4:1 for 1st gear , then the engine make 4 rotation and the driven gear makes 1 rotation. this will increase torque availability and give a punch for better acceleration. so the engine will do more work. on the other hand, if that ratio is 3:1 then the engine is doing comparatively lesser work hence drop in torque and so the acceleration. but we can say this engine is a bit relaxed one. but on top gear, the ratio will become, say for Eg. 1:1.5, for every 1 rotation of engine the driven gear rotates 1.5 rotation. this makes bike go faster(top speed).

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rahul August 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Any bad effects on engine if I change k&n air filter for hero hunk???????????????????????????????????????????,,,??????????????,??,,

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Dinesh October 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

sorry rahul….i dont have any exp with K&N……..

but i heard its waste of money and might have some adverse effect.

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kiran October 27, 2013 at 3:53 am

Dinesh,this is one of the best review I have ever read … complete description… good job and pics are amazingly beautiful.. I am planing to buy a 150 CC bike and trust me I am super confused like many. First choice fz16 great looks amazing handling almost checks all the boxes but misses mileage…. and high maintenance cost as part are pricey… second choice pulsar 150 CC decent mileage of 50 and good looks .. company claims it as no 1 sports bike but bajaj is still not a able figure out that this bike has foot rest saddles like commuter bikes…
This is only thing which made to look for other bike with good foot rest saddles like sports bike… this though made me look at Apache 160 rtr everything is just perfect I would still lived with some weird looks but I can’t bear back pain… and this bike is too short.. In mean while NS started ruling my heart and it was getting difficult to get out of NS ….. then! When I thought of increasing fuel price … one bike strikes in mind which is called as hunk. one bike among all other bikes in india in 150 segment which check all the boxes is definitely HUNK.
Not to forget hunk comes with sporty foot rest saddle……

Thanks for reading ……

This is right choice for mango man of india…

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Dinesh November 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi Kiran
Thank you very much.
Yes, whatever you explained is 100% true.
Fz is a great bike but comparing the mileage for 13.6PS & 14Nm, it is too low.
Hunk is an ideal choice if one is looking for overall package.
and i love the rider foot rest position in Hunk.

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vishnu sankar January 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

my friends are telling new model hunk is a failure model. and unicorn is best pls tell something.. i think you will have a old model…

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Dinesh January 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Plz ask them to define ‘failure’..!!!

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Bharath Jeeva February 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

hello,
i wish to buy Hero Hunk. need some idea about it
1. Is hero providing all spares for Hunk… ? any prob with spare ?
2. my friends telling that HH Hunk is good but not Hero hunk ….is that true ?
3. i have suggestion like Honda unicorn, Yamaha SZ-R, Hero Hunk …which should i go…
Like “Comfort is first priority and then comes engine power, stable, performance, mileage is last consideration”
4. is there any other bike i can go with. ??

Note: Daily ride to office 30 kms(up & down), weekends long trip with family & friends 100+ kms..
kindly consider this also while your suggesting…..
looking forward for your valuable advise.

Regards,
Bharath Jeeva

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shylesh March 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I studied bike only for taking license. Twice or thrice i took bike.Do u recommend this bike to me…?

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