The teasing has been over, Honda has finally revealed the naked motorcycle they were teasing. As speculated it is the new Honda Hornet called Hornet 2.0, as we were guessing the bike to be a 160 or a 200cc, it sits right in the middle. A 184cc Hornet.
Let’s find out what all is new in the Hornet 2.0. First, the design has been updated, and now it looks like a proper naked bike with beefier tank shrouds, aggressive front end with LED headlights, LED indicators, and the first in sub 200cc segment Golden Upside Down (USD) front forks.
It also gets a split seat arrangement, while the key placement is made on the tank for convenience. Event the alloy wheel design is new and striking, while the rear also gets X-shaped LED tail light. The instrument cluster is a negative LCD display which shows the Gear Position Indicator, Service Due Indicator, and even Battery Voltmeter and comes with 5 levels of manual brightness option.
Powering the all-new Hornet 2.0 is a BS6 compliant 184cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine which makes 17bhp at 8,500 rpm and 16.1Nm of torque at 6,000rpm, it is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Honda claims a smoother power delivery and better mid-range torque. Also, Honda finally gives Engine kill switch, and also a Hazard light switch.
Braking duties are done by a 276mm petal disc at the front and 220mm disc at the rear, it gets single-channel ABS only. Honda claims that the Hornet 2.0 has a Seal chain which will need less frequent adjustments. Honda = reliable, and to further increase that belief Honda is giving New 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on Hornet 2.0.
Honda Hornet 2.0 is available in four colors – Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic, and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic. With a price tag of Rs 1,26,345 (ex-showroom Gurugram), it is a competitive package, it sits right in the middle, better equipped, and powerful than 160cc from TVS and Bajaj, while less on power but still a good option to consider when comparing to 200cc offerings.
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