Honda Denies Any Plans of a Barebones 160 cc Motorcycle [Exclusive]

Honda India is trying hard to get a bigger share in the 150-160 cc segment. None of their other motorcycles apart from the Unicorn 150 and 160  have clicked. The company introduced the Unicorn 160 early last year and discontinued the original Unicorn 150 after a few months. Towards the end of the year, they introduced the sportier Hornet 160R. They also relaunched the Unicorn 150 back into the market at the Auto Expo, actual reason of which you can read here.

So what’s next? An affordable, bare-bones motorcycle in the lower end of the segment? Patent images of such a bike had leaked last year which showed a motorcycle with twin spring suspension setup at the rear and conventional grab rails along with other feature slashes.

Honda CBX rendering
This was the render pic shared by Gaadiwaadi based on a patent image.

However, in an exclusive conversation with BikeAdvice at a recent press conference, a senior member of the management quashed any such motorcycle and confirmed that they do NOT have any plans to introduce a cheaper 160 cc motorcycle at the moment.

This is a little surprising as we had not expected the Unicorn 150 to be brought back. Instead, a cheaper version of the existing Unicorn probably under a different moniker would have helped Honda in economies of scale. It would have also aligned to Honda’s thought of moving over the engines currently also used by Hero (Uni 150 shares its engine with the complete Hero’s 150cc lineup).

honda unicorn 150cc
Unicorn 150 will continue to be the entry motorcycle in the 150cc range from Honda

So, this means, for the time being, Honda will move forward with the trio of Unicorn 150 in the entry range, Unicorn 160 in the mid-range targeting commuters and mature riders and the Hornet placed in the premium end which will target younger buyers.

As for the CBR150R, we have already told you that Honda doesn’t have any plans to bring in its new international version in India this year either (link to report).