Honda CB Unicorn vs Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi; Clash of the Commuters
Posted Sat, 15/12/2012 - 17:45 by admin
Well, comparing two powerful commuter bikes in the 150cc segment, i.e., Honda CB Unicorn and Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi, is going to be a very difficult task unless you go and ride both the bikes. These bikes have been ruling the Indian roads for quite a long time now and have been serving their owners with their impressive and powerful drive performance, which has helped each one of them in creating their own fan base among the Indian riders. Both of the bikes provide their buyers with proper value for their money and offer almost the same features, ride performance and comforts. But, there are a few things, which differentiate them from each other and make them stand apart. Hence, we will go through each one of these aspects to see what are the things that makes them so distinct from each other.
When it comes down to the power performance, the CB Unicorn takes a marginal lead as it produces more horsepower than the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi. It houses an engine with a displacement 149.1cc, which makes the bike churn out a maximum output of 13.3bhp at 8000rpm and an impressive peak torque of 12.8Nm at 5500rpm. The 149.1cc engine, from the Honda arsenal, is equipped with a 57.3mm bore and a 57.8mm stroke. The engine is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh manual transmission and a multi plate clutch, which offers an easy deliverance of 1-down and 4-up gear shifts. The engine gets a 2 way air jacket, responsible for the engine's cooling mechanism. But, the main reason behind the increment in the overall engine performance is the Kevin CV carburetor. The company claims that the Honda Unicorn easily attains a speed of 60kmph in just a nick of 5 seconds and can easily jump to a top speed of 111kmph.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi, in India, has carved out a name for extreme powerful performance on its own. It offers a 149.01cc displacement engine, which is a 4-stroke, DTSi, Air cooled power mill. The DTSi engine technology has helped the Pulsar breed in working miracles for Bajaj Auto Ltd. It is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and offers the same gear shift mechanism as that of Honda CB Unicorn. The power mill is capable of generating an impressive figure of 13.89bhp at 8500rpm and a peak torque output of 12.76Nm at 6500rpm. The bike touches the 60kmph mark in a time of 5.6 seconds and can go upto 111kmph in a full throttle. However, Pulsar 150 DTSi lies behind the Honda CB unicorn's applauding powerful performance by a margin.
If we go onto giving marks in order to mark the winner in the fuel efficiency category, then Honda CB Unicorn passes the test with flying colours. Honda CB Unicorn offers an excellent mileage figure of 52kmpl on busy city roads and it gets much better on highway roads with an exceptional mileage of 54kmph. The bike gives a total of 13 litres of fuel storage tank with 1.3 litre for the reserve.
Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi, on the other hand, brings to you a better fuel storage capacity tank, which offers 15 litres of storage. But it lags behind the Honda CB Unicorn as it gives a 48kmpl of mileage in city and 46kmpl on highway drives, which is not bad at all but also not better than its contender.
Honda CB Unicorn comes armed with latest technology and some impeccable features, which have made this powerful mean machine offer a brilliant overall ride experience. It has got a wider wheel base than its arch rival, which is of 1340mm, and when you ponder over its wheelbase, you'll find that 2.75x18 wide wheel employed at the front and a 110/90-18 wheel at the rear ensure a better stability and control of the bike. Honda Unicorn was the first bike in India to bring in the racing inspired mono suspension technology, which ensures a better jolt free ride experience over bumpy tracks. But, what impresses of all these features is the extreme low levels of noise, vibration and harshness and its promising ergonomics. However, the seating posture is quite complicated and will not impress you as much.
The Pulsar 150 DTSi possesses tyres of 90/90x17 for the front wheel and a 120/80 for the rear, which will give you satisfactory grip and ride experience. But, the tubeless tyres offers a reason of relaxation and dependability on long cruising, as there won't be a headache of repairing the bike immediately after it gets punctured. The overall ride experience gets trouble free due to an impressive combination of 135mm telescopic stroke and anti stiction brushes at the front and rear ends, which give you an adjustable triple rate spring mechanism. It comes loaded with NitroX gas shock absorbers at the rear and a 100mm vertical travel suspension at the front, which does a nice job during bumpy rides. However, when you consider the ergonomics and seating posture of this mean machine, they will surely impress you.
Honda CB Unicorn has got a lot in its looks and appearance department, which, definitely, makes it a head turner on the streets. The restyled logo of Honda on the fuel tank is now more appealing and gives the bike a better look and a heavy character due to the 3D visual effect. The headlamps, front visor and the tail-light seem to be inspired from Hero Honda Karizma. The acute sharp edged rear mirrors, toe shift gear pattern and an all black treatment give a sporty feel to the bike. However, the instrument console with a fuel gauge, trip meter and a tachometer isn't that impressive.
The macho and muscular looks of the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi are its magnet features of attraction. The traditional headlamps with an overall black treatment show the sporty concept used by the designers to woo the youngsters who wish for a sporty ride. The distinctive looks given by its mag alloy wheels with black treatment, split seats, and an LED tail lamp make the viewer's eyes glue to this sporty mean machine.
Price and Final Verdict
Honda CB Unicorn price is Rs 69,000, whilst the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi price is Rs 64,150. But the Brand value of the Japanese bike manufacturer, Honda, proves as a better option than the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi. Road Safety and helmets.