The Honda Unicorn is a motorcycle developed by Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and introduced in 2004. It was internally called the CBF150M. The engine was taken from the CRF150F post 2005 engine. The previous version of CRF150F was the old CBZ classic. The design of the bike was done keeping in mind Indian road conditions. Many new features were incorporated, including a two-way air jacket and a diamond frame. The first version of the bike featured spoke wheels and kick start with an optional self-starter.
Honda claimed the Unicorn accelerated from 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5 seconds. India Business Insight reported acceleration of 0 to 60 km/h (0 to 37 mph) in 5.28–5.86 seconds, and a top speed of 114 km/h (71 mph). (Air filled with Nitrogen.)
Honda released this motorcycle to compete with the Bajaj Pulsar and the TVS Apache. Changes included alloy wheels, powder coated engine with a polished head, electric starter, new graphics, clear lens indicator lamps, a trip meter, and a slightly smaller rear grab rail. Few performance changes included minor changes in the cylinder head, overhead valve, ignition remap and a rear sprocket increase of one tooth, which resulted in increased acceleration at the expense of reduced top speed. The air filter was changed from a dry paper to oil-coated to better suit dusty conditions and a new airflow screw in the carburetor. HMSI sold 720,000 Unicorns in 2007. The Unicorn overtook the Bajaj Pulsar to rank highest in its category, the premium segment, in the 2005 Motorcycle Total Customer Satisfaction (MTCS) survey of 7,000 customers conducted by the TNS specialist division, TNS Automotive.
In 2010, a premium, sporty and stylish variant of the Unicorn, the Unicorn Dazzler, was launched. Except for its styling and presence of disc brake at rear, the other features and specifications are same as that of the original Unicorn. From 2010, The letters of CB attached for Unicorn model and other variants of motorcycles from Honda.
Bike Variant Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler
Current Status Discontinued
Body Type Sports Commuter
Fuel Type Petrol
Top Speed 112 kmph
Price in India Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler was priced at INR 66,740 before being discontinued in India (ex-showroom).
Shades Armour Gold Metallic, Pearl Siena Red, Pearl Nightstar Black, Pearl Sunbeam White and Black
Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler is a discontinued 149.1cc model that produces 14 HP at 8500 rpm and 12.7 Nm at 6500 rpm.
It comes with a 5-speed gearbox and claims a top speed of 112 kmph. The seat height of the bike is 790 mm while it carries a 12 liter fuel tank.
It was discontinued because of low sales as people preferred buying naked street fighters at a very small price margin. CB Unicorn Dazzler rivals Yamaha SZ-RR v2.0 and Hero Achiever in its segment. The recent competitor that took over whole of the segment is Bajaj V15.
Mileage 45-55 kmpl (approx.)
September 8, 2004: Honda announces introduction of Unicorn motorcycle