Honda Unicorn

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Honda Unicorn
Honda Unicorn.jpg
Manufacturer HMSI
Parent company Honda
Production 2005–
Class Standard
Engine 149.1 cc (9.10 cu in) single, CV carburetor 4-stroke, air cooled, OHC
Bore / stroke 57.3 mm × 57.8 mm (2.26 in × 2.28 in)
Top speed 101–120 km/h (63–75 mph)[1]
Power 9.92 kW (13.30 hp) @ 8000 rpm (claimed)[2]
Torque 1.3 kg·m (13 N·m; 9.4 lbf·ft) @ 5500 rpm (claimed)[2]
Ignition type CDI
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh.
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Monoshock
Brakes Front 240 mm disc
Rear 130 drum
Tires Tube type, Front 2.75 in x 18 in
Rear 100/90 - 18
Wheelbase 1,340 mm (53 in)
Dimensions L: 2,095 mm (82.5 in)
W: 750 mm (30 in)
H: 1,100 mm (43 in)
Weight 146 kg (322 lb) (claimed)[2] (wet)
Fuel capacity 13 L (3.4 US gal) (reserve 1.3 L (0.34 US gal))
Fuel consumption 60 km/L (170 mpg-imp; 140 mpg-US) (claimed)[2]

The Honda Unicorn is a motorcycle developed by Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and introduced in 2005. The motorcycle was built and designed by the Honda R&D team based in Osaka, Japan. It was internally called the CBF150M. The engine was taken from CRF150F post 2005 engine. The previous version of CRF150F was the old CBZ classic. The design of the bike was done keeping in mind Indian road conditions. Many new features were incorporated, including a two-way air jacket, and a diamond frame. The first version of the bike featured spoke wheels and kick start only.[3]

Honda claimed the Unicorn accelerated from 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5 seconds.[2] India Business Insight reported acceleration of 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5.28–5.86 seconds, and a top speed of 114 km/h (71 mph).[1][4]

Honda released this motorcycle to compete with the Bajaj Pulsar and the TVS Apache. Changes included alloy wheels, powder coated engine with a polished head, electric starter, new graphics, clear lens indicator lamps, a trip meter, and a slightly smaller rear grab rail. Few performance changes included minor changes in Cylinder head, Overhead valve, ignition remap and a rear sprocket increase of one tooth, which resulted in increased acceleration at the expense of reduced top speed.The airfilter was changed from a dry paper to oil coated to better suit dusty conditions and a new airflow screw in carburetor. A limited Moto GP "Unicorn Grand Prix" edition had the guise of a Repsol Honda RC211V.[5] HMSI sold 720,000 Unicorns in 2007.[6] The Unicorn overtook the Bajaj Pulsar to rank highest in its category, the premium segment, in the 2005 Motorcycle Total Customer Satisfaction (MTCS) survey of 7,000 customers conducted by the TNS specialist division, TNS Automotive.[7]

In 2010, a premium, sporty and stylish variant of the Unicorn, the Unicorn Dazzler, was launched. Except its styling and presence of disc brake at rear, the other features and specifications are same as that of the original Unicorn. From 2010, The letters of CB attached for Unicorn model and other variants of motorcycles from Honda. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b India Business Insight (February 14, 2007), PROFILE OF HONDA UNICORN. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Honda Unicorn specifications (Adobe Flash) 
  3. ^ Muralidhar, S. (November 28, 2004), "Honda Unicorn: Wings of change", Asia Africa Intelligence Wire 
  4. ^ India Business Insight (February 28, 2006), PROFILE OF HONDA UNICORN 
  5. ^ Muralidhar, S. (April 1, 2007), "PERSONAL FINANCE: Cosmetic touches for Unicorn", Business Line 
  6. ^ PTI - The Press Trust of India Ltd. (April 30, 2007), HMSI announces launch of new look Honda Unicorn 
  7. ^ Asia Africa Intelligence Wire (June 24, 2005), Bajaj, Hero Honda, Enfield top customer satisfaction: Study 
  8. ^ http://www.indiaon2wheels.com/honda-dazzler-launched-in-india/

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