HMSI is teasing another motorcycle for a launch this coming week. It is supposed to be a 200cc bike as per the teaser. Actually, earlier this year this bike was patented in India as the Honda CBF190R. Yes, quite a mouthful that one. This bike has been quite popular in the outside market and this includes places like Philippines and other north Asian markets. In India, the Hornet nameplate was quite popular and from the look of it, Honda might not have the 160cc unit back. So, for the sake of reference, in this story, we will call the bike as the Honda Hornet 200R. The launch is scheduled for August 27. This will be HMSI’s first 200cc bike in India and will likely be priced at Rs 1.25 lakh, ex-showroom. Here are more details of the bike.
Honda Hornet 200R/CBF190R specs, features
According to the state of tune, it is sold outside, the Honda Hornet 200R has a 184.4cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve engine. For India, this engine is tuned with Honda Eco Technology and hence might be specified for better fuel economy. The engine in Philippines makes 16.8PS of power and 16.3Nm of torque. Like most of the other 200cc bikes in India, even this one will likely have a 5-speed gearbox. The above discussed power figure might vary and we will give you the final specs on the day of launch.
The mid-range torque delivery could be the USP of the Honda Hornet 200R as power clearly isn’t chart busting. Even 150cc machines like the Yamaha YZF-R15 make more power. From the other details we can glean from the video, there are upside down front shock absorbers, a flat handlebar, all-digital negative LCD, gear indicator and engine kill switch. It is likely Honda’s silent start and other tech makes its way here. There is also the backlit switches – a first for a small capacity Honda bike in India. The styling looks very much like that of the Hornet with those tank extensions. However, here we have a belly pan too.
The Honda Hornet 200R will take on the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Yamaha FZ250, Suzuki Gixxer 250 as well as the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. All the competitors here make more power than the Honda. They are costlier as well.
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