The Honda CB Hornet 160R is one of the prime contenders in the sports-commuter segment ever since it was launched. It received a major update in 2018, which saw a new headlamp design and stylish new graphics. An optional ABS has also been added to the feature-list.

The Honda Hornetcomes with a premium look along and an enviable matte-finish body. New graphics are added on all over the body, except the rear area. Want to know more about the bike? Read along.


The Honda CB Hornet 160R comes with a muscular and bulky body, especially the tank section. The bends and contours are sharp and now contoured. The bike is built on the diamond type chassis frame. At the front, new LED headlamps are given in place of  the older halogen one. A lot of graphic stripes and decals are provided, especially on the front tank area.

Overall, the bike looks sportier that the previous model and is one of the sturdiest option in the segment. It comes with a ground clearance of 164 mm, which means riding in a bit off-road or in the cities will not be a trouble for the rides.

The engine and fuel consumption

The Honda CB Hornet 160R is equipped with a single-cylinder, air-cooled, 162.7 cc engine that is capable of providing a maximum of 15.1 bhp power along with a peak torque of 14.5 Nm. The drive is sent to the wheel via a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The two-wheeler has a top speed of 110 kmph and it takes 16.9 seconds to make it to the 100 kmph mark. The engine is based on HET (Honda Eco Technology).

The bike has a fuel tank capacity of 12 Litres where the reserve tank capacity is 1.5 litres. It offers a riding range of around 580 km.

Brakes And Suspension

The Honda CB Hornet 160R comes with disc brakes for both the wheels, but not as standard. Moreover, ABS (Anti-lock braking system) is given on the top spec model and  improve the braking prowess by offering a good enough stopping power.

Speaking of the suspension, there is the standard setup of telescopic forks at the front, while at the rear has a monoshock setup.


The Honda Hornet price starts from around Rs 86,000, while the top-spec model carries a price tag of close to Rs. 92, 000 (ex-showroom in Delhi). The two-wheeler is is a direct competitor to the Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Yamaha FZ-S FI and Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.

Though it is not the most powerful bike in the segment (the Pulsar NS and Apache are), it does offer great acceleration feedback.

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