30 Aug 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
Honda Two-wheelers India has recently launched the new Hornet 2.0 BS6 in the country. The new Honda Hornet 2.0 BS6 is a very attractive package. It is a feature-loaded motorcycle that boasts of a stylish design language, power-packed performance and lightweight & agile handling. The new Hornet is indeed a great streetfighter, at least on paper. But, as everything has some shortcomings and the same is true for the new Hornet 2.0 too. So, here we list for you the Top Four Things We Want In This Stylish Honda!
Honda is positioning the new Hornet 2.0 as a sub-200cc naked streetfighter. The BS4-compliant Hornet was a premium 160cc commuter but now it has been positioned a segment above as a sports motorcycle. The new Hornet 2.0 is powered by a BS6-compliant 184.40cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected, HET engine. This motor churns out 17.2 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 16.1 Nm of peak torque at 6000 RPM. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. We firmly believe Honda should have coupled this engine to a 6-speed gearbox as that would boost its overall fuel economy on the highway and would improve its touring abilities too.
The new Honda Hornet 2.0 gets petal disc brakes at both the ends. At the front, it gets a 276 mm petal disc while the rear one is a 220 mm petal unit. However, it gets only a single-channel ABS as an additional safety aid. The new Hornet 2.0 is a powerful bike and sits above the 160cc premium sporty commuters. Also, it indirectly rivals against the 200cc motorcycles in the Indian market and so Honda should have offered dual-channel ABS in this motorcycle, at least as an optional variant.
The new Honda Hornet 2.0 gets several top-notch features. The suspension duties of this motorcycle are handled by upside-down (USD) front forks and at the rear, it gets a mono-shock absorber. It is the only motorcycle in its segment to get upside-down front forks and we really appreciate that. But, we would have loved it even more if Honda would have offered adjustable rear shock absorber. Now, even 160cc motorcycles like the Yamaha FZ V3 and the Hero Xtreme 160R offer adjustable shock absorber at the rear.
The new Honda Hornet 2.0 gets an all-digital instrument cluster loaded with a ton of information. It displays vital information like a digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, gear-position indicator, etc. Also, this instrument cluster gets five-level illumination control and shows battery voltmeter, clock and service due indicator too. However, a few important things are missing on it like an average fuel-economy meter, distance to empty meter and display for average speed of the motorcycle. We aren't complaining too much but yes Honda should have offered these goodies as Honda's own gearless scooters like the BS6 Activa 125, Grazia 125, etc. get them and these scooters are much affordable than the new Hornet 2.0.
So, these were the Top 4 things we want in this new 2020 Honda Hornet 2.0 BS6. Of course, this motorcycle is a great all-rounder package. It will have a great road presence, thanks to its stunning looks, it is decently powerful, seems comfortable and is loaded with features. For now, we believe only the pricing could have been a little aggressive but well, does it justifies its price tag of Rs. 1.26 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi? To know the answer to this question stay tuned to 91Wheels and wait for our First Ride Review of this new Honda motorcycle. You can also join our 91Wheels Two-wheelers group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.