Honda 150cc Commuter takes shape in the form of design, with budget parts onboard could be cheaper than the Unicorn 160 to take on rivals
Patent images some times speak nothing at all or else they say a million words by just the look of it. The commuter motorcycle seen here is from Honda for obvious reasons. Honda is making sure they have significant market share with the Hornet platform which started with the Unicorn 160. With the new Unicorn 160 a major change in platform commenced which helped Honda make new bikes and even a new design language was formed. Keeping all that in mind this new commuter which has been patented, looks very much like a budget commuter that will have the 150cc or the same 160cc engine from Unicorn and budget chassis parts.
Specifically, we can see twin shocks at the rear. Something that replaces the monoshock seen on the Unicorn and the Hornet 160R. Alloy wheels look the same as the Hornet 160R and should add bling to this commuter when it comes to looks. Slimmer tyres can be seen on both ends which resemble the Unicorn 160 tyres.
The footrest holder also reminds us of the Unicorn of the past. It still gets an open chain case, same mudguard, seats and grab rails from the Unicorn 160. What is different though is the headlight cowl and tank design and extension which are mounted upwards instead of pointing below. Raised handlebar which are commuter centric can also been to some extent here.
Motor wise, the engine could be de-tuned to make less power and more fuel efficient and since the kerb weight is pretty much set to go down, efficiency should be higher and hence should more to consumers with tried and tested Honda engine. We think this could be one of the 12-14 products that Honda wants to introduce this year and help them sell more motorcycles along with more scooters that they do presently.