2017 Honda CB Unicorn 150 patent leaked, facelift or all-new?

The Unicorn nameplate needs no introduction. This motorcycle has been looking after the motorcycle sales for brand Honda for a long time, and seems like the brand now wants to give it a makeover. Not to forget, Honda had once discontinued the CB Unicorn to make way for newer motorcycles, but brought it back due to demand and also since the new bikes did not generate much interest amongst buyers.

This new patent image which has leaked does reveal quite a bit about what to expect. However, we do not know if this change is purely cosmetic or there is much more happening under the skin as well. You can notice the new sharp design with a sculpted fuel tank, floating side cowls, new headlamp with black windscreen, new alloy wheels, long contoured seat, split grab rail for pillion, decals, etc.

This bike though comes with a front and rear drum brake, as seen in the patent image.

The current CB Unicorn 150 is powered by a 149.1cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled petrol motor producing 13.3 PS of power and 12.84 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed gearbox. Rumours suggest that the specs are expected to remain the same for the refreshed motorcycle.

But again, the big question is, will Honda discontinue the old motorcycle once again? And will customers opt for this new avatar of the CB Unicorn. Honda also has the CB Hornet 160R for sale, which caters to a slightly premium customer base.

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Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.shifting-gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.