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Honda Unicorn Alloy in India – For those who want to ride in style





Introduction

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Honda Unicorn Alloy in India is a bike with a strong style statement. Any Honda made bike is worth a buy. The Honda Unicorn Alloy in India appears to mesmerise the youth and would be an ideal choice for commuting daily. Looks wise, it is neat with great rev-up and acceleration.

The local Indian market would witness competition of another entry level motorcycle in the form of Honda Unicorn. The older Honda Unicorn Spoke is unavailable making way for the new Honda Unicorn Alloy 2011. Other stiff competitors in this category would include Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i, Hero Honda Hunk and the Suzuki GS 150 R.

Honda is always known for incorporating good fuel efficiency in its bikes. On city roads, the Honda Unicorn Alloy’s mileage is impressive. It gives a mileage of around 55 to 57 km per litre. Maintenance and riding style is always a major factor in getting optimal fuel economy from any bike and that is arguable in this case too. The Honda Unicorn Alloy in India has a mid-size fuel tank with the fuel tank capacity being 13 litres. Reserve is 1.3 litres. Transmission is five speed gear box. Functionality of gears is in one down and four up pattern.

The five speed transmission along with new upgrades make the bike powerful increasing the overall performance of the bike. The bike reaches 0 to 60 km per hour mark in five seconds. Pickup is debatable in the Honda Unicorn Alloy compared to TVS Apache RTR and the Pulsar, but nevertheless acceleration and speed are steady as ever. The bike manages a top speed of 101 km per hour.

The Honda 3D wings logo is seen for the first time in the Honda bikes. It can be seen on the petrol tank adding that extra bit of flash. Some graphic works are also visible on the bike.

A sparking 3D Honda wings emblem is used for the first time in the Honda bikes. It finds its place at petrol tank and looks stunning. On the rest of the body parts, a few graphics are seen. The mono fork sticker is visible at the middle and rear sides. The rear side panels, doom, petrol tank and front mud fender comes along with the body colour. The rear grab rails and rear view mirrors are in coated in black. The swingarm of the mono fork and Honda’s logo are in red shades.

Like any Honda bike, the Honda Unicorn Alloy looks like it should and speaks in volumes of Honda’s latest technology. Attention given to design and looks is admirable. Honda has used minimal graphics visible on the fuel tank and side panels, but they do look attractive. Moreover, the 3D logo of Honda as picturized on the fuel tank gives that extra pride the name Honda carries. The mask and headlamp features seem to be copied from Hero Honda Karizma. The headlamp can be turned on without ignition and operates solely on battery power. Black windscreen protects the rider from harsh windy conditions. The rear view mirrors are fitted just behind the windscreen and are painted black.

The dashboard looks colourful. The instrumentation panel features the tachometer, speedometer, trip meter, low fuel and low oil indicators. The speedometer is visible on the centre of the console with the tachometer on the left of the console. The instrument panel further houses a host of other lights. It also has a fuel guage. The fuel tank is neither huge nor small, but compact enough for a good ride and comfort. Storage space under the seating is good. Handle bar weights are fitted to absorb vibrations ensuring a smooth ride. Changing of gears is done by shifting the toes. In other words, the bike uses a toe-shifted gearbox.

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The overall length of the Honda Unicorn Alloy in India is 2095 mm, height 1100 and width 750 mm respectively. The chassis are of rugged diamond shaped frame chassis. Wheelbase is 1340 mm. The curb weight of the bike is 146 kg.

Adequate seating arrangements speak how Honda is doing a very good job in selling their bikes and scooters. The posture required to ride the Honda bikes are not that demanding. It gives a sense of ease while on any Honda bike. Shifting of gears is delicate and easily handled. The idea of tuff up tubes Honda has implemented on their bikes and scooters is another new innovation. Riders need not worry of a bumpy off road ride when deciding to do so if city riding becomes a bit boring. Tuff up tubes clears the thought of punctures. The downside to the tuff up tube tyres are they are fitted only for the rear tyres! The Honda Unicorn Alloy in India uses mono fork shocks.

Honda Unicorn Alloy in India sports alloy wheels with wider tyres that add up to the existing glitter the bike has. Front tyre specification is 2.75 x 18 and rear 100/90-18. The bike comes with stylish six spoke alloy wheels.

Engine

Honda engines by far have less complaints let alone scooters or bikes. This coupled with constant research by Honda engineers have yielded optimal results in the coming years. The Honda Unicorn Alloy in India consists of air cooled OHC, four stroke, single cylinder engine. The displacement is 149 cc. The power mill churns out 13.3 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and produces 12.8 Nm of maximum torque at 5500 rpm. The engine is cooled by a two-way air-jacket implemented for optimal air cooling of the power mill. Performance is preserved by this idea under drastic heat conditions. Honda Unicorn Alloy has a Kevin CV carburettor. Electric start option is available in the Honda Unicorn Alloy.

Honda employs mono suspension, larger wheelbase and disc brakes to ensure smooth handling and control of the bikes. The front disc brake is 240 mm diameter and the rear is of drum type. Although the combination is not justified, it provides enough room for desired braking. The wheelbase is very wide at 1340 mm.

The Honda Unicorn Alloy comes in four shades namely red with black graphics, pearl black, silver metallic and black with red graphics.

The Honda Unicorn Alloy price in India is Rs. 58,000.

Conclusion

The bike comes with reliable suspension and braking systems. The problem of Honda Unicorn tyres being small with non-optimal disc brakes are a worry for sales, but the brand name Honda would still be selling bikes for a host of other advantages they have always shown in all these years.

Specifications

  • Engine type: 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHC.
  • Displacement: 149.1 cc.
  • Compression ratio: 9.1:1.
  • Maximum power: 13.3 bhp at 8000 rpm.
  • Maximum torque: 12.75 Nm at 5500 rpm.
  • Cylinder bore: 9.1:1.
  • Stoke: 57.8 mm.
  • Ignition: Digital CDI.
  • Length: 2095 mm.
  • Height: 1100 mm.
  • Width: 750 mm.
  • Ground clearance: 168 mm.
  • Saddle height: 790 mm.
  • Curb Weight: 146 kg.
  • Chassis: Diamond tubular.
  • Front brakes: Disc 240 mm dia.
  • Rear brakes: Drum 130 mm dia.
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate.
  • Gearbox: Five speed.

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