The Honda Unicorn is a motorcycle, developed by Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and presented during 2004, the first motorcycle in India to feature a mono-suspension. The whole bike was built from scratch and was designed by the R&D team of Honda based in Osaka, Japan. The design of the bike was done keeping in mind Indian road conditions. Many new features were incorporated, such as two-way air jacket, a diamond frame, an engine producing a torque of 12.8 Nm at a relatively low 5500 RPM for good fuel economy. The first version of the bike featured spoke wheels and only kick starter.
|Class||sub 250 cc|
|Engine||149.1 cc 4-stroke|
11:1 compression ratio
|Power||13.3 bhp @ 8000 rpm (9.9 kW)|
|Torque||1.3 Kg m @ 5500 rpm (12.8 Nm)|
|Transmission||5 speed manual constant mesh|
|Suspension||Front: 33 mm telescopic fork, 120 mm travel|
Rear: Mono Suspension
|Brakes||Front: 240 mm disc|
130 mm leading/trailing drum
|Tires||90/90 front 100/90 rear|
|Dimensions||L 2020 mm W 700 mm H 1140 mm|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
The second version featured a self starter and graphics on the body. Honda released this version to compete with the Bajaj Pulsar and the TVS Apache. Changes included alloy wheels, powder coated engine with a buffed head and new graphics, clear lens indicator lamps, a trip meter, and a slightly smaller rear grab rail. A limited Moto GP edition had the guise of a Repsol Honda RC211V.
The bike shares the same engine with Hero Honda Hunk and CBZ Xtreme. However, the refinement levels of Unicorn are way ahead than the other two bikes, even though the basic engine is the same. The fuel economy of Unicorn is better as well, compared to Hunk and CBZ.