Honda CB Unicorn Review by Samson Fernandes

by Deepak on March 10, 2011

Thought of buying a bike: Since childhood | Actually convinced parents to buy a bike: January 2010 | Ordered the bike along with my best friend Darryl : 23 January 2010

One of the main reasons I didn’t have much difficulty in selecting my bike was that I needed a tall bike because I am above 6 feet tall. GS150R, Shine and Unicorn were the only bikes I considered. GS150 was ruled out then because it hadn’t been established in the market yet and though I had read awesome reviews of it I was not convinced into risking my money into a Suzuki bike.

I may be wrong now but I guess Honda is a brand you can always trust and so I was caught up between Shine and Unicorn. Darryl was sure he wanted a Unicorn and I had decided shine because my dad didn’t want me to get a 150cc bike and plus it would be weird if me and darryl had same bikes also because we r together everywer n ppl think we r more then best friends.

But when I went to a dealer with my dad that fellow convinced my dad to buy a Unicorn and I was more than happy. So we had 2 Unicorns coming our way and we were excited. Darryl and me had always been mistaken for each other and now that we were buying the same bike it would add to our woes.

The sad part being the 3 month waiting period. The wait began with Darryl counting down each day we met telling me Day 1, Day 2, Day3…. Day 15 and it was getting annoying because we used to see so many Unicorns on road and felt like “aye thats our bike but we cant ride it yet”.

The waiting period was really getting to us around a month later and to worsen things my dad gets a mail from Honda saying that the delivery has been delayed even further and we were left counting down once again. But then we were also sure that we’ve chosen the right bike because we had seen so many Unicorns on road.

Somehow we managed to keep our minds diverted and got through the waiting period and when the bikes finally arrived, it was a feeling and moment to cherish. A blunder by the Honda team was the reason we didn’t get our bikes together. My bike was delivered on 7th April 2010 at the showroom so we both went there to take the delivery.

But his bike hadn’t arrived as yet. So we decided that i’ll also take my bike a day later. The next day was the same story. We go there and ask for his bike but his hadn’t reached yet from the workshop. But then the anxiety had gotten to me as well as him and we decided we at least take my bike and so I took my bike from the showroom on 8th April which is also the birthday of my chuddy buddy Parag.

So I was delighted and went to wish him in the night on my new CB Unicorn. Initially I was not pleased that the name had changed from Unicorn to CB Unicorn. But now it doesn’t bother me too much. Now coming to the bike of which this review is supposed to be. Well my Unicorn or our Unicorns haven’t been able to meet the expectations of a Unicorn mileage wise but this is an amazing bike which I guess u cant regret taking.
So lets start with My Opinion of the Unicorn.

Looks

Simple yet stylish is what I would call my Unicorn. The best part of my bike is the Honda logo. I also love the Shine and glow of the bike at night. You can easily spot a Unicorn in the night and also on road because there are so many of them. The Unicorn doesn’t lose its shine easily and even after 5 years I’ve seen Unicorns which look as good as mine (current 10 months old).

Comfort for the Rider and Pillion

Comfort for the rider is amazing especially for a tall person like me. I’ve never had any problem as such though I get back pains usually only when I ride after playing or a tiring day. For the pillion this bike is amazing as well because u are so high above the ground that u get a good view of things.

But this height for the pillion rider is a problem for my mother who is short cause climbing up to it is a problem and since i’ve removed my saree guard now she finds it even tougher because she doesn’t sit sideways. Also the height in the pillion seat is little scary because u get scared that the rider is getting the bike too close to vehicles. I’ve not felt this fear sitting on other bikes except stunner.

Performance

By performance I mean everything related to the engine. Mileage is the 1st and most important thing for me and I guess many people riding bikes. Initially the bike used to give a mileage of 45-47 during the 1st 6 months and later it used to give very irregular mileages ranging from 39 to 48 which has been my maximum riding purely on the highway.

The mileage of my bike has always been a complain for me because I’ve heard of many Unicorns giving a mileage of 55 even on city roads and though I ride through a lot of traffic I expected a mileage of around 48 at least because my friends RTR 180 gives him 45. And I barely cross 60 which means may be once in 15-20 days.

Pick up of the bike is decent. People say its much lesser than other 150cc bikes. I agree to an extent but you really cant make out that difference too much when you ride. Darryl’s Unicorn had a pick up lesser than mine but gives a mileage which is more than mine. So I feel the Unicorn is a balanced bike. You can choose pick up or mileage as in every bike.

The smoothness of this engine no one can or will ever deny. Such a smooth bike with the least of vibrations even at 100 is what makes this bike amazing, though this bike takes a lot of time to go from 80 to 100. So reaching 100 is not easy unless you really have a long stretch. I’ve reached a max of 97 I guess just once and Darryl has reached 105.

So the bike is capable of top speeds but we are not the racer types and we barely cross 60 also. And below 60 this bike is a gem giving both awesome smoothness and a good pick up. Obviously regular servicing is necessary. I didn’t change my engine oil since 5 months and its started to vibrate a little and so had to change it immediately.

Gearbox

For me the gear box is awesome. I hardly have any problems switching gears while riding actually I don’t have problems while riding. Only few problems when I have to switch to neutral when I stop the bike. The bike kind off gets stuck on the 1st gear and doesn’t move up to neutral easily. But thats ok because I’m not moving anyways and it isn’t affecting me much.

Braking

The braking of this bike is amazing and apt for its power. So you’ll never find yourself banging into anyone if you apply the brakes properly. But you might get someone bang into you because others might not have as strong brakes as a Unicorn. A problem with the Unicorn on city roads is that the disk brake loses its alignment and the servicing of that is around Rs 275 which is not included in the free service part of the servicing. So disk alignment is a general problem with the Unicorn in city roads.

Durability

Well actually I cant much on this part of a bike but I guess the Unicorn is the most durable bike. Yes more than the 100 cc bikes also according to me because the maintenance issues are negligible. And I really don’t like the Honda service people. But frankly speaking I didn’t need them also too much because there haven’t been any problems as such except my disk alignment. Same is with my friend Darryl.

Comparing Unicorn with other 150 cc Bikes

I feel Unicorn is definitely much better may be because its more expensive or the other bike is just not good enough – Achiever, Discover 150, Hunk, CBZ Extreme, Pulsar 150 (weight, durability). And Fazer is too expensive according to me so its not worth. And so the competitors according to me are FZ, FZ-Sand GS 150 out of which I guess the GS is the best because of its price,design, 6 speed transmission and the mileage it offers despite being more powerful.

I personally don’t like the FZ’s and Fazer because I feel they really look bad (personal view) and also fibre body is something I would never want though I like their mono suspension and stability. But coming to the value for Money on my CB Unicorn I feel its not worth because I feel its overpriced for the features it offers and plus I haven’t mentioned the best 150 cc bike yet.

The best? It’s the CB Unicorn Dazzler. I wont go into details but yes the Dazzler is the best 150 cc bike according to me (I don’t count R15 for comparison here because that bike is beyond the comaprision of these 150 cc bikes and is beyond the price bracket also).

Dazzler’s pick up and mileage are both better than the Unicorn. Plus the disk brake is improved so that alignment doesn’t get disturbed even on city roads. All in all its a complete 150cc bike but some would argue thats its small which is a valid point.

Now that I’m done with the review part of it, I would like to mention why I love my bike so much. Many times I am upset and bored of life situations. Generally people would say go for a long ride but city traffic doesn’t let me do that during the day and riding through traffic would increase my frustration.

So when I am off mood I generally am awake till 1 or 2 in the night. So to relieve my tensions, all I do is take my Unicorn out and go for a ride on the streets of Mumbai and thats what I call heaven on earth. Silent me on a silent beast on a silent night.

Regards,
Samson Fernandes

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Deepak March 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I agree that Unicorn Dazzler is the best 150cc bike, see: http://bikeadvice.in/poll/ & http://bikeadvice.in/150cc-indian-bikes-comparison/

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Pritam Dhamde March 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

But here the story is about cb unicorn nt dazzler

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sayan March 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

@Deepak- there is no such thing as ”best 150cc”.
Its all about what most people like, every bike is best depending upon everyone’s mind.
Even i voted for dazzlar, but that does not make it the best. Apart from the service centre problems, in aspect of engine, style, comfort, can you turn down gs150r?
Again, it’s the bike you favor dude. Am i right??

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Sachin March 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Samson,have u checked the tuning of your bike?there is already a guide on engine tuning on bike advice.this will help you in getting better mileage.

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Sam March 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

me too lik dazzler a lot. eyein to get one soon!!! dazzy the best!!!

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alex March 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm

But dazzler is the least sold 150cc in our country, People ..even prefer old CB unicorn to dazzler bike. the dazzler design sucks big time! Best ones are the big sellers obviously, Else so many consumers wont go for the product in a cost concious market like India.

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prakash March 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

It doesnt mean that only best sellers are good one. Good bike is one which fulfills the need of the biker in every aspects, In that case u can blindly say that dazzler is the best one apart from design as its of everyone’s personal view;-)

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nitin March 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Good review. You have tried your best to put up an interesting article. Unicorn is good bike. I like it in all the colors and the paint job is extraordinary. Engine is very smooth and one will feel like a car passed by , while unicorn passes. On the other hand, i feel dazzler is a little bit filmsy. I mean old unicorn looks decent and solid while the new one is no longer decent nor sporty. Thats why i like old unicorn very much compared to dazzler.

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Samson Fernandes March 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

Guys please drop in your comments about what you think about Unicorn and other 150cc bikes explaining whatever you say
Thank You

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RIAZ HOSSAIN March 11, 2011 at 12:30 am

Good review.It has every details of a complete review.I liked your comparison part of th review.Why are you getting that low mileage?I think,you haven’t use it properly in the run-in period.You can get help from Deepak’s post about how to increase your mileage.
All the best

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fas March 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

Very well maintained bike but the huge crash guard spoils the look to the certain extent!

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JK ULTIMATE March 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

Nice review/

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Bass March 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

Unicorn,gsr150 -Best in engine, gearbox, durablity,mileage
Fz-Best in looks, ride quality
Apache rtr-Best in performance, handling.
These four bikes are the best in 150cc.
Hunk&xtreme both are blended with good refined engine,decent performance & decent looks.
Pulsar is a good in looks & performance.
But these three are something short to become the best bike…..

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Rohit March 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Dazzlar is a really best bike…
m also a pride owner of it…
n can assure that this is the best..!

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Prabhu March 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Pulsar is not heavier than unicorn as u mentioned. In fact it is lighter than unicorn. And the pulsar lasts long if maintained well. Dont spread wrong info.
The unicorn is a very good and reliable bike. Actually it is a splendour avatar in 150 cc segment.
Overall the review is good.

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Nikita March 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

awesome review:D

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Darryl March 12, 2011 at 12:19 am

i have one problem which i have been facing since the past week. i had not taken my bike out for about a week. the next week i started the bike using the kick. it did stop a couple of times bt that was expected after not using it for a week. bt its been around 4 days and the bike still abruptly stops in the mornings and infact whenever i take out the bike after even a 5-6 hour break. is the unicorn infamous for this cold starting problem??
i did try increasing the idle rpm screw bt the thing is that i didnt need to do that before. so jst wud appreciate any helpful comments

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Ashwin March 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

Happy to see a Unicorn Review Long After…….

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Shuvro March 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Want to buy a CB Unicorn in the following week. Earlier had bought it in the year 2007 but forced to sold that due to unavoidable circumstances in the year 2009. That bike gave me 50+ mileage in city roads of Kolkata. Here by going through the review, I am worried on the mileage aspect. Does the new one still give the same kind of mileage? Please help me. Overall, it’s a great 150cc bike and I’ll say it is the best ‘commuter’ bike in this segment. If look is not primary for anyone, then perhaps it is the best one.

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Minoo March 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

I have a Honda Unicorn but it is the one of the earliest bikes introduced to India. It does not have alloy wheels and has no self-start… yet it is a fantastic bike and I have actually done speeds far in excess of what the newer Honda Unicorns are capable of. I get good mileage despite living in the hills. Soon I will be selling this beautiful machine simply because I have ordered the new 250 cc Honda which should be ready for delivery by mid-April. I have already had very good offers for my Honda Unicorn.

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Pran April 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

Hi Samson, thanks for the detailed review. Im 24 & a resident of Guwahati. Im planning to buy honda unicorn, my first bike next month. After making a detailed research on internet about unicorn, i found that there is one major problem i.e. availability of spare parts. I have seen people complaining unavailabilty of spares with honda dealers and service centers. Please give your suggestions on what should i do. Moreover Im 5’5, will unicorn be fit for me in this regard ? Please give your views on that.

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Yunus September 18, 2011 at 6:47 am

Guys I’ve booked my CB-Unicorn black yesterday. 6months is the waiting period. Guess I would get it during March-April. The supply of Unicorn is very less when compared to its demand. The true reason behind is Honda is not increasing its production supply in 150cc category as the company’s strategy is to push less CC bikes (stunner, twister,etc) in to the market. And FYI Unicorn dazzler has been stopped as of now in showrooms.They say only in 2012 Honda will again sell Dazzler (might be with additional features/ flaws rectified).

I was in a dilemma to choose Unicorn/ dazzler though I like Unicorn a lot than dazzler mainly because of its size. My friend has a dazzler and for me its look is much not appealing.

I am using Bajaj discover for the past five years. The main problem with bajaj (other than maintenance) is that (whether pulsar/discover) the silencer will become two parts within 3years. Of all the bikes which my friends have (dazzler, pulsar, FZ, Apachi,Unicorn) we agree that Unicorn is best in terms of mileage, engine, resale value (though we don’t buy to sell it) although the style might not be great when compared to pulsar/FZ.

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vinoth December 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

i bought yesterday after 1 week waiting. byk is really superb.. have to chk mileage and all

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c k jana October 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

with in a month of getting my cb unicorn i was thrown away twice from my vehicle by just touching the front brake which is 240mm disk. is there any problem with the brake or i have problem applying it? anyone please suggest or train me.

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saumik basu October 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

nice bike

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steve December 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

hi guys, im an engineering student, 20 yrs of age, living in banglore and im planning to get a bike by jan/feb. Currently, im pretty much stuck between pulsar 150 & bc unicorn. I basically want a bike for general riding ( i.e. , below 60kmph, unless on the highway, which is a rare occasion in my case ), and it should last for about 3-4 years ( i will be selling it thereafter, so i am considering re-sell value ). The main factors under consideration is, most importantly, milage, performance, reliablity and of course looks. So far i’ve been getting mixed remarks, so i just thought of posting this here for help. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
P.S. , samson, thanks for the good review.

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vinoth December 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

i bought yesterday after 1 week waiting. byk is really superb.. Guys jus go for this.

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Arul dev August 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

Yeah. . U r right sam. I got a brand newhonda cb unicorn last month. Its really awesome and pleasure to drive a horse lik dat . Its smoothness:) its running its style really superb. And im loving every second of riding it. . . Unicorn is always ahead of all. . .

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Lakshman November 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi Arul Dev,
Which bike CB Unicorn or Dazzler,
do u suggest me which one is best to go with dazzler or UNICORN?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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allauddin August 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

my baik

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aamir shaik September 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

i own a cb unicorn…..its awesome and i love it…!

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Samson Fernandes September 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

It’s been well over 2 years now that I am with my bike :)
and it just gets better :)
having a bike is am amazing feeling and especially when its a unicorn which is a no problem bike :) :)

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ron September 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

hey wing riders…
i purchased my cb unicorn recently (1 week approx.)… it’s still in break in period… i covered 250 kms yet… the 1st service is due after 500 kms (honda showroom ppl told)… now i am maintaining a sane speed and rpm.. (below 4000 RPM and below 40 kmph)…. i have no such problems regarding my machine… it’s smooth as it is made to… breaking, clutching, acceleration, gearing all are just perfect…. i love my bike… only thing which i am bothered about ..is d mileage… i am getting 30 kmpl consistently right now… my question is to all experienced wing riders… is my FE figure fine? will it be more after servicing? is it happening since i am maintaining very low RPM and speed (25-40 kmph)? i am not actually understanding what is happening with my bike??

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Arjun September 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

Just one thing read it and understand it and solve it thanx.

my riding style is very very smooth below 40-45 speed I don’t like over speeding. Like to ride in peace without tensions. Well right now I am getting 50 initially I was getting 37 i.e. Before my first engine oil change. I am using moto 4 gold 20w40 oil. Changed it twice buddy till date. I have clocked like 980 km from the date of purchase.

Today after getting my mixture open little bit not much still the problem has not been solved I think I will ride her for few more km then shall get the right kind of tuning done. Sometimes it feels my bike has got cough. It gives me real bad jurks at 3 gear and 4 gear as soon as the rpm reaches 3000. u can Accutally feel like the bike not pushing as if there is no petrol left. More over in the morning even if you have used choke for the first time for a min or two when u remove the choke and are set to take her for a spin the bike starts giving you so much of jerks and it is so hard to even raise as if u can really feel of no petrol being there even after the tank has got 10 ltrs in it.

I really would love to know here who all had faced this problem and how did they manage to solve it. Please please do give me an answer friends as this kind of a thing has happened with me for the first time and there is no experience here with me on this….
Thanx in advance shall await for a reply at the earliest of what to do.

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sandeep January 27, 2013 at 2:07 am

Honda CB Unicorn is mine now and the waiting period is like nothing .. i ordered it yesterday morning and got it in the afternoon.. and the riding experience is as smooth as butter and i feel that if you want real power and comfort riding the bike then go for it ….but its expensive in 150 cc category….

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