This had to come. Especially if Honda intended to sell the motorcycle for a long time. And indeed they do. The Honda Unicorn ABS is here. The Honda Unicorn ABS price in India is Rs 80,476, ex-Mumbai. This price is Rs 6,500 more than the non-ABS Unicorn. The latter will be discontinued after April 1, 2019. Bookings as well as deliveries of the Unicorn ABS have already started across Honda showrooms in India.
What’s new in the Honda Unicorn ABS
You readers know the drill. There is a single channel ABS on offer. The Unicorn still retails with a front 240mm disc and 130mm drum. There is also an ABS indicator light on the instrument console now. Do bear in mind that the instrument console is still an all-analogue affair. There is no change to the 146kg kerb weight as well. Usually single channel ABS systems contribute to around a 2kg increase in weight.
Honda hasn’t tinkered with the engine. The Honda Unicorn ABS’ engine makes 12.7PS of power and 12.8Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is mated to this engine. Honda used to claim a mileage of 60kmpl from the Unicorn and we don’t see this changing in the ABS model.
Other things like the 80/100-18 M/C 47P and 100/90-18 M/C 58P MRF tyres too have been retained. 2017’s update saw the Unicorn lose its headlight switch when the Always Headlight On government mandate was brought in. Speaking of which, all new manufactured 150cc and above motorcycles need to have mandatory ABS from April 1. Those below 150cc displacement will need to have mandatory CBS. It is surprising that the Unicorn 160 still persists with CBS and we believe Honda will be bringing in the ABS model quickly.
The Honda Unicorn will battle it out with the Bajaj Pulsar 150 in the entry-level 150cc segment. The Pulsar though is more powerful and has better features too.