Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler: A Comprehensive Roadtest

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Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler: A Roadtest

Biking enthusiasts berserk with the news of plans to foray into the market with its fully subsidiary, HMSI back the initial part of this expecting a lot bigger bikes. The was also in line with as they kicked off their in India by launching a 150cc As time went past not of those expectations were put to but nonetheless, although small, we saw the of some fantastic machines their stables.

Honda was one such machine which was in 2004 as a direct competition to the in 150cc segment Bajaj’s Though Unicorn did not experience huge a success due to plain and styling and not so catchy feel to it, the bike boasted off country’s refined engine which along with bullet reliability, complimentary! As time by, with the launch of new bikes and aggressive upgrades, Unicorn much deeper upgrades what it was lended with.

And as a of half-hearted upgrades, the charm of the started vanishing among the which became evident the falling sales of the bike. boffins sat down to think a much better attempt time and hence the CB Unicorn was born. With Dazzlers came a lot of expectations and as always, we ahead for a test ride of the to unearth the questions which quench the thirsts of our avid and readers.

Has Dazzler got enough to bedazzle the crowd with its Read on…

Styling, Build

While Unicorn was known for its simple and elegant styling, recent launches clearly that they have focus on flashy looking Dazzler draws many cues from its youngest CB Twister and is completely in tune today’s generations’ likings. to Pulsar 135. the front is housed between two different and a Passion-like bulging lens

The screenless bikini fairing is with a supposedly aggressive but instead it makes the bike sad. Somehow, we have felt that most of (HMSI Hero Honda) in India could have had looking meaner fairings.

uses clear white indicators which also a little flimsy. Front are placed slightly above normal and bulge out with bigger necks. The mass of the is gone and Dazzler does with a smaller and plain tank. But probably the catchiest of the bike is the extended tank much similar to, again the

With the Honda emblem on it, this is the only part lends the bike a big-look Knee recess is again Honda, top class!

Honda has provided this bike two-tone seat cover comes in black and gray does add a bit of dash to the bike. The is finished with two materials, the colored fiber part a little earlier and a black plastic takes the cues to a looking plain tail similar to Hunk. Body grab rails are also non mushy and provide a proper space and feel.

In sync the sporty character of the bike, the chain cover has been off and in comes a half chain While the Twister was made to fiery with fantastic running all across and a touch of attached to it, Dazzler is lended a more of a … character and a feel!

Ironically, build on the bike is not what Honda is for. There are few areas the engine and components which are built and exude typical quality. But there are many which have been and finishing is not to our liking. Wires run all and some even without housings. The rear footrace seems like borrowed another incompatible model and put on this bike.

Plastic has always been an area Honda has lacked and Dazzler is no We were astonished to see plastic ‘whitish’ on the bike which we Front indicator housing and part of rear mudguard the monoshock could have better done.

Seat had yawning gaps and even eyes can catch these

The funniest part which we was the exclusion of kick starter in the The bikes which come a kick starter in today’s are bikes which have riding postures and to avoid CBZ like ‘fold-the-foot-peg-to-kick-start-the-bike’ hassles. has Unicorn like commuter position with the footrests set and an ample amount of space to a kicker.

In short, Dazzler could been made a little flamboyant but more importantly, has done a half hearted to the construction quality of the bike. the engine bit, the bike has a lot of fill-ups, unwanted gaps, wires and screws.

Styling, Design: 7/10

Engine, Ride Quality:

Honda has been a master at producing gem of and equally good transmissions. And we say anything against it here! The new of Unicorn produces a maximum output of 14 bhp from the same 4 149.1cc engine which is an of 0.7 bhp and also peaks at 500rpm at 8500 RPM as compared to the older Though no improvement on the torque is made, the bike produces the 12.8 Nms at 500 rpm above at 6500

These figures are by no means breaking in the current immensely 150cc segment, but definitely the hitch of Honda producing low bikes away in the minds of the

Closely observing the figures, tune feels more to the CBZ Extreme/Hunk rather than Not only this bike is from Unicorn lookwise, it has a character also. Unicorn was to scorch through city with ease and hence was the of concentration of power and torque at rpms. Dazzler feels when you are on open roads and a slight wrist of the throttle, the note takes you to a better

But with an increment in the power the smoothness of the Unicorn’s engine has traded off slightly but it would come second in the market. of weight end bars in Dazzler helps in reducing vibrations.

similar to Unicorn, Dazzlers geometry is world class. feel is smooth and it would a very … rider to false neutrals on this The only-toe shifter might a few problems for first time initially but with time will get accustomed to it. Even on situations like a hurried up which needs gear at higher rpms, shifting up needed a little press of the clutch and a slight push of the foot.

Ride quality was Unicorn and we were almost that this has to be one of the most bikes to travel on in this

Engine, Gearbox and Ride 9/10

Chasis, Handling

Unicorn was probably the first which redefined how a bike and cornered with its immaculate and India’s first monoshock. Dazzler, the game has just taken ahead. The only major bit, apart the engine which is same on bike is the same chassis Honda calls as “Advanced Diamond Frame”.

The front duty with regular shockups, whereas the three red colored adjustable monoshock has carried over to this as well for the rear. The rear can be altered from hard to setup depending upon the the bike is being ridden on.

The part is that its neither too nor too soft which makes it a balance to ride on. The well rectangular swingarm also to the stability factor a lot. The bit about this bike is contrary to Unicorn’s 18 inch HMSI has retorted to 17 inchers for The immediate impact is that the clearance is down by 17mm to from 179mm of the Unicorn.

As a the center of gravity has also downwards which has made bike even more than Unicorn both on digit speeds and acute also aided by broader (front) and 110/80 (rear) Moreover, tuff up tubes on the give way to completely tubeless MRF on Dazzler.

City handling are also slightly different for bike as the wheelbase has been by 12mm to 1328mm (from for Unicorn) along with a of 8 kilograms in weight. The major reduction has come from the use of fiber and plastics and reduction in all of the bike. As a result, Dazzler * 754 * 1085) is a smaller bike Unicorn (2095 * 756 * 1100).

It is easily flickable in city but Unicorn still is better engine characteristics come picture. However, come and broader freeways and this comes into its own state of On highways, Dazzler is faster and enjoyable than Unicorn.

riding this bike we sure that we were an even-improved version of an already-fantastic

Chassis, Handling Dynamics:

Electricals And Instrumentation:

Honda has been a laggard in this and Dazzler becomes first from their 150cc (HMSI HH) to sport a digital to be precise) console, after years of competition bringing it on bikes. Nonetheless, a welcome and it has been well executed. sports a cute looking backlit console which an analogue tachometer which is till 11k rpm redlining at 9300

The digital speedometer window is but displays speed readings in big and black letters. A watch, indicator, a trip meter and the are also integrated in this

The console also has regular lights which include turn, high beam and gear indications. The sad part is the setup is still not DC which every other manufacturer is on their bikes. The display is fresh and takes us away the typical orange colored The headlamp is still powered by a 12 35 watt halogen but the throw of the is wide and has a decent coverage.

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is similar to Unicorn and includes a starter crank and a light towards the right hand and a choke lever, upper switch, turn blinkers tab and a button towards the left. As you have figured out by now, also doesn’t feature the basic functions- pass pilot lamps and an engine switch with reasons known to Honda!

The rear mirrors have now acquired a shape and do a good job of providing a view of the demonic vehicles as as cute looking “scooties” from behind. Honda has chosen a lesser powerful for this bike. Dazzler with 12V 4Ah maintenance free (Unicorn had a 12v 7Ah battery).

Considering as a first time attempt HMSI towards providing gadgetries we are impressed but with the of few very basic features we are at the same time.

Electricals 7.5/10

Performance, Mileage And

As we already said, Dazzler boast off nerve wrecking bhp it’s just a few added to the existing engine so we did not expect out of the block. And quite similar to we had in mind, Dazzler is a sweet which doesn’t zip past its but definitely can keep pace them. As compared to Unicorn, is a higher revving machine and is both quicker and faster and figures speak a lot about the

Dazzler is around half a quicker till 60kmph and 2 seconds earlier in reaching on the speedo with the bike around 5.5 seconds for the 0-60 and approx 18 seconds for the 0-100 The top speed which we could on this bike was an impressive 116 on the speedometer which would to something in the range of 105-108 true. Nothing ground but these figures are still than Unicorn and in line all the sporty commuter bikes in

Added to the glory are the fantastic efficiency figures this is claimed to achieve. We could not the actual mileage figures but to feedbacks and our own analogy, Dazzler run for around 50 kilometers for every of fuel in the tank in our type of riding conditions. And with a capacity of 12 liters, this will run for around 600 kms before it quits.

Though slightly than Unicorn, these are commendable for a 14bhp bike in conditions.

Another feature has loaded this bike is the inclusion of rear disc The bike comes equipped 240mm front discs and rear discs as standard to 130mm rear drums for both Nissins. As expected, has improved significantly and with a weight and more braking the stopping distance would be considerably on this bike.

Dazzler becomes the first in this segment to sport a disc brake (excluding With an optimum combination of and fuel efficiency, this does take away brownie points for better

Performance, Mileage Braking:

Bikeadvice Verdict:

Dazzler only as a single variant rear discs and self as standard. Honda is offering color options for this viz Pearl Nightstar Black pick), Sword Silver Pearl Siena Red and Armour Metallic. With all the added and features, HMSI is charging a of Rs.4000 over Unicorn for

This bike will be for an on road Pune price of (Unicorn costs Rs 67,708 OTR

For the very first serious for Unicorn from HMSI, does look a pretty prospect. It does everything in proportions, rides well, decently, returns fantastic handles brilliantly which, in makes us call this a ‘Jack of all trades BUT Master of bike. And this is where we apprehensive!

The on road price of bike takes a prospective in the range of Apache RTR 180 and Yamaha and this is where Dazzler segregated.

Apache has the insane going in its favor and FZ has redefined how a bike can look in India. Apache as it’s a bigger a guy confused between FZ and Dazzler 70 percent of the times find landing in a Yamaha showroom, and he has a good reason for the same! is a very good product and are no two ways about it but where it out is the ‘lack of identity’ factor.

is precisely the reason you would see us while awarding the final to this bike later in section. Two thousand rupees this bike would been a fantastic bargain but has Honda compromised on pricing its at a premium.

Nonetheless, Dazzler is a apt bike for those who are bored of Pulsars on Indian roads, like GS150R for one reason or the can’t go for FZ because of its lower FE and the very plain looks of do not excite them. Dazzler is for who want to own a hasslefree Unicorn-like engine but fear that girlfriends might not like to sit them on it. Summing it up, go for Dazzler if a is what you are looking at which now with exciting goodies and the few glares come complimentary!

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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