Premium Commuters Competition Check : Bajaj V15 vs Honda CB Unicorn 150
The commuter segment is a competitive space in the 2-wheeler market of India. Bajaj has pulled its socks up to grab the commuter motorcycle segment again with it's in talks 150cc V15.
Let us have a quick spec comparison between two of such contenders - the well established Honda CB Unicorn 150 and the newly launched Bajaj V15.
Style and Design: No doubt, the Bajaj V15 is the distinctive motorcycle among the two because of the classic racer inspired styling, curvy fuel tank, and headlight cluster. Some of the first-in-segment things such as a beefy 120/80 rear tyre and removable rear seat cowl leave a lasting impression.
Back on the popular demands, the Honda CB Unicorn is in the race more because of a decent ride experience in the city than its familiar design.
A unique style of Bajaj V15 discreet upright stance and retro-modern details makes it something more than just an ordinary commuter bike.
Engine and Performance: Both the Bajaj V15 and the Honda CB Unicorn 150 run on the similar 150cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engines linked to 5-speed gearbox.
The silent yet powerful Unicorn generates 13.14bhp at 8500rpm and 12.84Nm of peak torque at 5500rpm whereas the hoarse V15 gives 11.8bhp at 7500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5500rpm.
The figures show that both the bikes are tuned for city commuting but Unicorn is more highway friendly.
Equipment and Features: Based on the similar tubular diamond type frame, both of the commuters feature different sets of equipment.
Along with a longer wheelbase, Honda CB Unicorn is also way ahead in ground clearance than Bajaj V15 (179mm and 165mm respectively).
While both of the motorcycles have telescopic forks as front suspension, the rear suspension of V15 implements Gas-charged Twin shocks and the Unicorn has Hydraulic Mono shock.
Price: Well, if we are talking about Indian market then price plays a decisive role for potential buyers.
The lightweight Bajaj V15 is been subtly priced for this competitive space.
Honda CB Unicorn 150 has been a reliable and in-demand product in the Indian market, all thanks to the quality and the technology.
Compelling looks and better equipment set makes it justifiable for Bajaj V15 to carry a price tag of Rs. 61,999 (Ex-showroom Delhi), when the toughest competition Unicorn 150 is priced at Rs. 67,778 (Ex-showroom Delhi).