This time in the fight club we have there super dazzling commuter bikes, from the 150 cc segment which is now on the ruling side in India. Honda Unicorn CB, Hero Honda xtreme and Bajaj Pulsar 150 are the three bikes which are worth to be paid with a detailed comparison. These bikes have already created a buzz on the Indian roads with many loyal consumers on their side. All three makers of the bike almost provide its buyers with the same features and ride impressions but there are few impressive things that differentiate this bike from each other and we are going to tell you what are the few impressive things that set the bikes apart.
To start with I would rather kick start the Honda make Unicorn CB. Honda Unicorn CB in India has got air cooled, 4 stroke, 2 valve, single cylinder engine. With a displacement of 149.1 cc you can definitely expect this bike to be heartthrob for many Indian buyers. This heart from Honda can pump 13.3 hp at 8000 rpm and 12.8 Nm at 5500 rpm. This engine from Honda has got 57.3 mm bore and 57.8 mm stroke. Coming to the transmission Honda Unicorn CB is mated with 5 speed constant mesh manual transmission. This bike has been coupled with wet multi plate clutch for easy deliverance of gear shifts. Honda has even stressed on the cooling of the power mill by assembling it with 2 way air jacket which are even looked as Honda’s patent air cooling system. The Kevin CV carburetor has definitely made a big way in increasing the overall performance of the bike. Honda Unicorn CB is capable of achieving naught to 60 kmph in almost 5 second and can easily attain the top speed of 111 kmph on the red line with few efforts. I would like to give Honda Unicorn CB 4 star out of 5.4 and in terms of engine and performance.
Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme In India has once again made it to the extreme this time with its 149.2 cc displacement. Hero Honad CBZ xtreme is powered by 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHC engine. This 4 stroke power plant is capable of providing and power output of 14.3 hp at 8500 rpm and hammering torque of 13 Nm at 6500rpm. Hero Honda CBZ xtreme is gifted with 5 speed constant mesh transmission that has been coupled to wet multiplate clutch. This improved engine from Hero Honda is said to posses’ better abilities that have helped in a lot many ways to improve the fuel efficiency of the bike. Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme has got a top speed of 115 kmph and can chase naught to 60 kmph in almost 5.2 seconds. This engine from Hero Honda has got 57.3 mm bore and 57.8 mm stroke. Ruling the chart is Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme with 5 out of 5 stars.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSI
Without much description the name itself suggests Bajaj Pulsar 150 in India has got 149.01 cc displacement. This metal junk from Bajaj is powered by 150 cc, 4 stroke, DTSI, Air cooled power mill. This power plant that is been assembled with the patent DTSI technology and this has really worked miracles for this flagship Pulsar variant. Bajaj Pulsar 150 is gifted with 5 speed manual transmission. Bajaj Pulsar 150’s power plant from is capable of engineering 14.09 Ps at 8500 rpm and hammering torque of 12.76 Nm at 6500 rpm.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSI needs that extra pull to attain a top speed of 111 kmph and can easily chase naught to 60 kmph in 5.6 seconds. ExhausTEC which is another patented technology of Bajaj that has improved the overall performance if the bike. Finally we have Pulsar 150 lacking not much behind with 3 and a half star.
Considering the torquey power deliverance I would like to Place Hero Honda as the chartbuster.
Honda Unicorn CB in India has got a healthy fuel efficiency of 52 kmpl in city and near to 54 kmpl plus on highway road conditions. Honda Unicorn CB has got an energy drink storing capacity of 13 litres with 1.3 litre reserve. In this fight for fuel cutback Honda performs overwhelmingly. Therefore I place the winner here is Honda Unicorn CB with 5 out of 5 stars.
Hero Honda CBZ xtreme is packed with an OHC engine. Although Honda Unicorn CB and Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme shares identical engine the fuel efficiency differs. With Hero Honda you get a fuel efficiency of in 50 kmpl in city and 53 kmpl on highway road conditions. The 12.3 litres of fuel tank is the lowest figure in this comparison. Hero Honda is the runner up here with healthier fuel efficiency.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi in India with its 15 litres of energy drink saving capacity you can definitely be assured of no more halts at every petrol pump that comes in your way. Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi with its DTSi technology delivers a good fuel efficiency of 48kmpl in city and 46 kmpl on highway road conditions, which is not at all bad for a bike with such a massive power mill. Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi arrives finally all the way behind on the last place.
Honda Unicorn CB is a technically fun to ride bike that comes equipped with latest technology and features which improves the overall ride experience of the bike. Honda Unicorn CB has got a wheelbase of 1340 mm, which is the widest one in this comparison. Honda Unicorn CB has got wheel dimensions of 2.75×18 in the front and at the rear 100/90-18. Gaining stability and control on the bike no longer is a big deal with such good wheelbase. The mono suspension ensures its rider and pillion jolt free ride experience. Honda Unicorn is loaded with puncture resistant tuff up tubes at the rear that ensures its rider stress free ride for longer cruising. Honda Unicorn however is known for the soothing gear shift pattern and superior suspension system. The NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) of this bike is quite low and will surely impress you. The ergonomics of this bike is not that promising and you may find the seating posture also little complicated.
Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme In India is loaded with hydraulic shocks at the front and at the rear you may find 130 mm expanding internal dia. This dynamic suspension from Hero Honda Ensures quality ride experience. With array of features you may find Hero Honda CBZ to be more charismatic than the other two. The enhanced braking system that comprises of the non asbestos disc brakes (240 mm dia) at for the front and expanding internal130 mm shoe brakes at the rear provides its user with instant braking. Considering the ergonomics you will definitely be impressed with the craftsmanship that Hero Honda expertise designed into this bike. The NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) of Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme was little below the expectations however the handling of this bike, brings up the overall rating.
With 90/90 x 17 wheel dimension for the front and 120/80 at the rear you can be definitely assured of better grip and ride experience. Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi is offered with tubeless tyres and this way you are more reliability and dependability on long cruising. The Pulsar 150 DTSi has tyres of 90/90 X 17 for the front wheel while 120/80 for the rear. The tubeless tyres take your headache away of repairing the bike every time it is punctured. It also gives you pester free riding experience. Pulsar 150 DTSi is loaded with 135 mm telescopic stroke which is combined with anti stiction bushes at the front and at the rear you have five way adjustable, triple rate spring,
NitroX gas assisted shock Absorbers at the front that has been combined to100 mm vertical travel suspension. The zippier acceleration hammering torque that forces this mean machine to be put forward is something I was impressed on my very first ride. The seating position and ergonomics is worth every penny you are paying for.
However when I consider my ride impressions on all the above champs I found Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme to be more quicker and responsive, which is what every commuter is looking for in this segment.
Honda Unicorn CB in India is the best bet from Honda in Indian grounds and this flagship motorcycle has got many goodies in its looks and appearance which makes it the best bike in this segment. This macho hunk will definitely impress you at the very first glance.
The 3D logo of Honda makes it even more appealing. The success inspired logo from Honda gives a clear character of Honda Unicorn CB. The headlamp and the front masks shares appearance and look of Karizma. Another breath taking feature was the flash light that can be flashed even while the engine is of. The black caked windscreen just adds to the black treatments of the bike. The rear mirrors are even given sharp edges at the corner and this can be detailed for sportier look. The instrument console that houses fuel gauge, trip meter, and tachometer is not that impressive. The finely placed knee recess and aerodynamics even gives better looks. The toe shift gear pattern adds to the sporty look of the bike.
Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme is a eye catcher which has got looks to kill. The distinctive designs make this bike a unique one in the 150 cc segment. The front cowl that houses the halogen headlamp looks as if this bike has got a crown on its head. The front turn indicators have been nicely sculptured in the cowl and look neater. The matt finish panel dulls out the overall looks of this bike but when you consider the graphics and aerodynamics you may find it more striking. This bike has got neatly designed Black treatments wherein you may even find silver coating in between. The step up seat is definitely the best style quotient in this bike. The horn shaped rear grab rails are completely handy and provides mach look. The read treatments are another factor that may grab many eyeballs once you hit the road. The silver coloured heat shield on the giant muffler gives a true character of the immense power output what the bike is hiding.
The finely crafted headlamps are like some traditional ones used in earlier Bajaj bikes. The bulky tank makes it look even more macho and muscular. The overall black treatments and sporty concept used in this bike will definitely make it the best looking bike in this segment. The air scoop that has been used very efficiently flaunts cut throat looks. The mag alloy wheels have been caked with black treatments jells just rightly with the overall macho looking body of the bike. The LED tail lamps are something worth watching every time the user applies brakes. Split seats gives it a premium look while the mud guards used in this bike gives it sporty look.
Honda Unicorn CB price in India is rupees 69,000 while the Bajaj Pulsar 150 price in India is rupees 64,150 and Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme price in India is rupees 68,000.
However with a company like Honda that has got its own caliber you may find it unusual when you get to know Honda doesn’t provide its buyer with any added attachment like sari guard, leg guard etc. whereas if you consider Hero Honda and Bajaj you will receive all the attachments as standard one. Bajaj Pulsar 150 is one if the best in terms of looks and power packed engine. The competitive pricing that Bajaj offers with this bike has gained it a lot of consumers. And here its is finally the crown goes to Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme with better pricing and power packed engine.