Bike For A Gentleman: Honda Unicorn Anybody?


Honda Unicorn All Black

Honda Unicorn All Black

Here is a reader of IndianCarsBikes who is having a hard time choosing the most gentlemanly 150cc motorcycle around.

Here is what he wrote in.


I want to have a 150 cc bike, and my dilemma is:-

  1. I don’t like pulsars because they are like street dogs every where. and i think it does not have much life ( both body + engine).
  2. I’m a fan of CBZ but CBZ extreme doesn’t not have that gentleman looks.
  3. TVS is not in my list.

And running will be mainly in hilly & rusty roads. kindly help me out.

And is there any plans of Hero Honda to re-launch CBZ Model or new 150 CC Bike.

Praveen Thakur
Sundernagar (Himachal Pradesh)

And, here’s what we think Praveen Thakur should consider riding.

Dear Mr Thakur,

You have two options. The Honda Unicorn and the Suzuki GS150R. Both these motorcycles are brilliant 150cc commuters but the Honda scores over the Suzuki when it comes to sales and service. Not that Suzuki’s after sales is bad, but they simply don’t have the market penetration and hence the number of service outlets when compared to those of Honda.

Hence, I suggest the Honda Unicorn for you as you happen to live in a small town and also as you ride on predominantly rural and twisty roads. The Unicorn has bomb proof reliability and a proven service record in India. While you might find it a little staid compared to the competition, do consider the all black version of the Honda Unicorn that looks particularly classy or as you might choose to call it, gentlemanly.

All said, Yamaha will launch a 150cc commuter motorcycle called the SZ150 shortly but at this moment, we have no clue as to how good the motorcycle is, especially in comparison to the tried and tested Honda Unicorn.

Do let us know what you end up riding. Also, we aren’t suggesting the Yamaha FZ16, as that is more of a premium offering and hence much more expensive than the current crop of 150cc motorcycles in India.


Team ICB

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  1. Bharath

    May 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    The Unicorns are butter smooth and as said by ICB it is a gentlemanly bike. But one thing which I dont like with Unicorn and GS150R is that, these 2 bikes have the worst rear break lever which sometime hits the speedbreaker when we press the break. This lever cud hav been something like that is available in pulsar, hunk or CBZ.

  2. biker

    May 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    “I don’t like pulsars because they are like street dogs every where.” :) GOOD You deserve a reliable horse like Unicorn not a street dog that Pulsar, I’ve been riding Unicorn like hell since last 4 years did not replaced a single blot, It never let me down… The only wish I have from Honda is a bigger capacity bike that is as reliable as unicorn, now that I see even my “doodhwala” comes on a unicorn with milk cans.

    As rightly suggested by ICB GS 150R comes close to unicorn, I can’t say much about it as I had ridden it only once, engine is smooth and soft as unicorn and its large fuel tank gives a hayabusa feeling !These two bikes are “killers in disguise” and are exceptional tourers!

  3. Praveen Thakur

    May 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm






  4. B Ranade

    May 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    We ve service center in goa for suzuki and honda

    i liked both the bike
    I ‘m a rough rider , and do not ve the time for maintenance except for oil change which i do my self

    what i want to know is …
    1) which one is more comfortable


    2) which one is technological more advance

    Awaiting your response

    B Ranade

  5. Jay Prashanth

    June 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Shiva Kumar,

    Don’t worry about your height. You can easily manage on a Honda Unicorn.



  6. sandeep

    June 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Which bike is long lasting bike in terms of performance & body from Unicorn & pulsar?as i have these two choices.

    • Jay Prashanth

      June 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm


      Honda Unicorn is the motorcycle for you. If you like a more sportier version of the Unicorn, then you could look at the Honda CB Dazzler.



  7. sandeep

    July 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Thanks Jay,

    I asked this question,as i have seen that most of the bikes looks good for first 1-2 years only..and after that it starts making noice and low average issues.As this will be my first bike,i will expect for the return of investment :)

    • Jay Prashanth

      July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am


      Honda made cars as well as motorcycles and scooters last longer than most marques. So, rest assured and go for a Honda if you are looking for a great long term ownership experience. I have personally experienced excellent Honda quality for a long time. All said, this very appliance like reliability of Hondas make certain groups of people brand hondas as boring as they prefer a few gremlins which they can then portray as character.



  8. balajikumar

    July 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

    which bike is best in 150cc which has best performance in engine life, i will be using for long life for 10 to 15 years,

  9. Antony

    August 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Once while traveling with my friend on a honda shine, we stopped at a highway hotel in a small town, a villager from that town enquired about our shine. He then said we should have bought a herohonda splendour as herohonda gives better quality and it is a older company than honda and also has showrooms in all small towns.

    Well, we didnt want to argue with this guy. It would be a waste of time. But the people recommending Honda here just because of brand name are not different than that villager. Look and see for yourself, honda unicorn offers lesser features. Agreed, the honda unicorn is a good commuter bike, but the suzuki gs150r is also a good commuter bike. Unicorn and gs150r engines are equally smooth. Suzuki is also a big motor company like honda. Even maruti suzuki is a suzuki company. With engine balancer, 6th gear for overdrive, led tailamp and digital speedo, gs150r offers more value for money. Clearly, old unicorn is overpriced.

  10. logesh

    August 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    friends iam in big confussion i like both unicorn and GS150r iam so confused with configuration and milage some body said tht suzuki not good ther parts are not possible here iam so confused can pls help me which bike is better ………………………………

  11. rajesh

    August 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

    hi…… i’m a guy with 5.5 height and weight of around 59kgs…. shall i purchase cbz xtreme????????……………………..

  12. roki

    August 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    ya guy u just can buy the one u love to man, its a life for once u dont b in dilemma just buy coz its ur money n ur choice what i think is we shud not ask for our belongings to someone else then us

  13. S K E Anbu - Chennai

    August 21, 2010 at 6:12 am

    All are ok, but taking delivery time to customer is too much for Unicorn. Necessary action should be taken from Honda, otherwise customer may be change their option to other vechicles. Now average delivery time is 3 to 4 months. Its head ache for buyers.

  14. argha

    August 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    fazer is da best…go 4 it/////////

  15. Prasanna

    October 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Hey Guys,
    Im in to a field of marketing and so i would need a bike that lives with me all the time..Since im 6’3 tall and almost 100kgs i wanted to have abike that would suit my physique.I have seen the CB Unicorn and GS 150R..But lil confused as both the bikes have good features for a commuter.Pls help me choose between these both..

  16. Sandy

    October 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I like both unicorn and GS 150
    I lived in Nagpur(maharashtra), but little confused between two for after sales and service.I have heard that we dont get spare parts for GS 150 so easily.plz guide

  17. Sandy

    October 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    what about New SZX 153 from Yamaharegarding mileage and valuve for moneny

  18. Rajendra

    November 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    hi,i’m also planning to buy a bike in the 150cc segment.As told in the replies it seems as if GS150R’s after sales service is not up to the mark.Is it right that suzuki parts are not easily availabble?could anyone share his experience of GS150R espesially after 1st and 2nd Servicing in terms of the engine sound and performance?
    It’d be of great help for me if any1 of you respond early on this as i’ve made my mind to buy GS.

  19. anil

    December 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Can any one tell me about HH Achiever 2010,
    i am planning to go for it?

  20. asit mohapatra

    December 5, 2010 at 4:58 am

    hey guys..i m planning to buy a bike in the 150 cc range and i have to travel 22-25 kms 6 days a week.I m from cuttack and u know the roads here r very narrow,bumpy with traffic which bike should i purchase?

  21. Santhosh

    December 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I am a medical rep riding 100 km every day. Planning to buy gs 150 but I am afraid of my height 153 cm. Can I manage it traffic and rushes

  22. uday

    December 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hi, can any one tell me about the new CBZ extreme?? I am puzzled between GS 150 and CBZ extreme. I dont like the red patch colors of the CBZ but its quick acceleration. i will appreciate if any one have a good comparison of these two and help me to chose the right one for the daily commuting in city roads.

  23. Nitheesh

    December 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Everybody,
    Are you in need of a 150CC Bike?
    Then no doubt.
    The BEST bike in the 150CC section.
    Very smooth bike and, also delivers the best Mileage in it’s class.
    Only problem of getting UNICORN is about it’s delay in delivery after booking.
    But, after you get it, you will be proud to be an UNICORN owner.
    Because, riding UNICORN will be the best experience of riding any bike AS I HAVE!!!


  24. Ramesh

    January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hi Everyone,

    I want to buy a Bike…
    Which one is Best one to Buy…
    Splendor Plus or Pulsar 150 DTSi or Unicorn or Apache 160…
    Send me ur valuable comments…
    Waiting for ur Reply


  25. Ramesh

    January 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Hi Guys,

    Waiting for ur Reply…


  26. Karthikeya

    January 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Hi guys….

    I m Karthikeya n plannin 2 take a bike 150cc segment…plz help me in choosin a ryt bike wic s gud both in terms of performance, reliability n mileage….i hv a confusion b/w des bikes
    1. pulsar
    2. unicorn
    3. rtr 160
    4. szr
    5. suzuki gs150r

    plz plz help me as all bikes look gud….let me kno if der s any bike in herohonda gud…

    thank u…

    • Jay Prashanth

      January 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm


      We suggest the Honda Dazzler for you as it offers the best combination of performance, reliability, handling, mileage and after sales service.



  27. Ramesh

    January 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Guys,

    Wat ya No comments from anybody…
    Shall I buy Honda Unicorn…


  28. Md Maswood Akhtar Siddiqi

    January 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I want to buy a 150cc bike.I have zeroed in on Pulsar 150,HondaUnicorn and Apache. Will someone advise me which one will be suitable for me as I ride 120 Kms daily.Better handling and fuel efficiency is my prime concern

  29. ashutosh pandey

    February 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

    i wanna get a good bike to drive in the city bhopal,as iam a mechnical engineering student so kindly suggest any bike which is good in looks,service,especially average,must be having disk controlling,colour should be black,and it’s range must be lying in between 60 to 70 thousands…..i will wait for your reply…thanx

  30. Nirmal

    February 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Your advice is good:) but still hero honda cbz or the hunk is the best of all:-) they give a lot of value for money…they are the most powerful bikes in this segment. Don’t go for the street dog pulsar. Its very bad. Go for the cbz you’ll enjoy

  31. Aman Rana

    March 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’d suggest Honda Unicorn because of the smoothness and comfortable riding it delivers…If U are luking for power then go for Dazzler as it delivers a power of 14bhp…and provides much more acceleration than Pulsar or FZ…it also provides the rear disc brake for better braking…U would experience the comfort of Unicorn when U’ll ride it….Go for a test drive….
    BEst of Luck…

  32. prashant

    April 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

    hi, everyone,
    I had own pulser b4 i buy suzuki gs. Pulser is good for pick up & mileage, but it’s servicing is very panthatic. That’s why i take disesion 2 change my bike & i brought gs150r. This bike is much better than other 150cc bikes except honda unicorn. Gs & unicorn both bikes are equaly smooth, but unicorn have lot much waiting period & it’s cost around 72k. Gs have more technology than unicorn like 6 speed, digital console, gear indicator, engine balancer, more torque than unicorn & cost is around 70k. i complete my 1st servicing & i m realy happy 2 own gs150r. So my opinion is gs150r. It is value for money than unicorn.

  33. pavan

    May 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    hi all,

    I am pavan having 5’11’ height and medium built with 70KG weight.

    I am in very much confusion to buy a 150cc for myself. my top priority are comfort,mileage and technology.
    I shortlisted following bikes (July 2010 -Oct 2010).
    1. unicorn (-ve: delivery time, poor VFM, old features)
    2. RTR (-ve: mileage issue, vibrations at topend)
    3. yamaha Sz-x: (-ve: underpowered bike, lack of disk break and RPM meter)
    4. Suzuki Gs150R: (-ve : less showrooms, 149kg weight, less pickup at 0-40KMPH)
    5. FZ : (-ve : mileage issue)

    I taken test ride of GS from suzuki showroom in july2010 and i am impresses with its smooth ness and features like 6th gear
    and digital console. RTR,FZ and sz-x are out of list. Comes to unicorn i dont need test drive for this because i have
    already road it many times.

    Finally unicorn is eleminated due to its poor value for money and delivery time. the fight is between Sz-x and GS. after much
    comparison i brought GS150 in october 2010.

    After purchase :
    I never disappointed witht this bike till now. currently it at 6900 Km on odo.
    Done following trips :
    1. Mumbai – mahabhaleshwar (600 KM)
    2. Mumbai – Hyderabad (740 KM)
    3. Hyderabad -My home town (500 KM)

    I got consistently 55km mileage in both cities (Hyd and mumbai). my bike due for
    5th service this month. The comfort it offers is very good. It is vibration free even at 100+ kmph speed.
    Personally i attained 110KMPH on pune-mahabhaleshwar road. Every fried of mine who road
    this bike is amaged and congratulated.

    +ve :
    mileage (best in 150cc segment except Discover150)
    Digital meters
    6th gear
    TPS and engine balancer technology
    Gear indidcator(First in Indian bikes under 250cc)
    Clock on digital meter, 2 trip meters
    Huge fuel tanl (If you fill brim level then it takes 21 Liters )
    Value for money

    -ve :
    Less known to public
    less Service centers
    Weight (149Kg). short riders(below 5’5”) feel little difficult to handle
    Less intial pickup (0-40KMPH)

    Conclusion : Dont be fool by others advices.
    Test ride all the bikes and then decide which is comfort and good for you.
    all the best


    September 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm





  35. atul jain

    January 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Always make regular service and change oil in front of your eyes .Probable service center may befool u.

  36. Dhanjeet

    March 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    All Middle class peson who were understand therir responsibility and capacity then they should prefer HONDA DAZZLER DULEXE and who know only their GIRLFRIENDS and demands go for other bikzzzzzzzzzzz…………..

  37. Niranjan

    March 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    what is the best option to reduce the height of the bike cous i am 5.5″ Height . in 2013 model. suggest me the best .

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