The Hornet 2.0 marks Honda’s entry into the 180 to 200cc segment in the Indian market. This sports-commuter motorcycle is based on the CB190R, which is sold in the international market. A few of the body panels and lights have been changed, but the Hornet 2.0 still looks like a proper Street Fighter. With its large fuel tank cowlings and chunky USD forks, the Hornet 2.0 looks like a big bike and will surely grab attention on the road.
The engine is also pretty decent and offers good power figures for a 180cc bike, but they are significantly lower than that of the 200cc models in the market. The refinement levels are wonderful, and the overall ride quality is really good. People expect top-quality from a Honda product, and the Hornet 2.0 doesn’t disappoint.
The Hornet also features a new chassis design and is fairly lightweight, which gives it an advantage in terms of manoeuvrability. However, while riding the Hornet at the BIC, we found out that its handling didn’t inspire as much confidence as we expected. The front-end seems to be a bit too heavy, while the rear feels incredibly light. The balance of the motorcycle just feels off, and Simran complained about stability during the hot laps. Considering that the Hornet is a 180cc bike, the Hero Xtreme 160R was very close behind in terms of lap time. Frankly, it appears that Honda has focussed more on appearance than handling.
The Hornet still scored very well in nearly every other category, and it’s still a wonderful machine to ride in the city and one of the best-looking motorcycles in the sub 200cc segment. Also, in terms of both quality and tech, it is the best in its segment, something that is clearly evident as soon as you lay eyes on the bike.