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Honda CB Unicorn 160 likely to be discontinued

According to a media report, the Honda CB Unicorn 160 has been discontinued in the Indian market. The reason for its discontinuation is speculated to be that the motorcycle did not receive the ABS safety update as per Government mandate. In the Indian market, all motorcycles and scooters above the 125cc displacement are required to be updated with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and the two-wheelers below 125cc are required to have a Combined Braking System (CBS). The law has been enforced in India since 1st April 2019. 

The bike has been listed on the company’s official website with a CBS option which by law is for motorcycles under the 125cc displacement. Honda has already updated the CB Unicorn 150 with ABS but according to reports, the CB Unicorn 160 model with an ABS unit has not been delivered to the brand’s dealerships. It is important to note that no confirmed update of the model being discontinued has been announced by the brand. 

The Honda CB Unicorn 160 is powered by a 162.71cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine that produces 13.82 BHP of power and 13.92 Nm of torque coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike gets a diamond frame with telescopic front suspension and a single hydraulic monoshock on the rear. In the braking department, the Unicorn 160 gets a 240mm hydraulic disc on the front and a 130mm mechanical drum on the rear.

The Honda CB Unicorn 160 was actually the successor to the ageing CB Unicorn 150 but the company brought the Unicorn 150 back to its portfolio due to its popularity. The Honda CB Unicorn 150 is powered by a 149.2cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine that produces 12.73 BHP of power and 12.8 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The suspension and braking hardware are shared among the two, but the Unicorn 150 has been updated with ABS brakes, leading us to believe that the brand is likely to discontinue the Unicorn 160 due to its poor sales performance.