Motorcyclists generally hunt down a motorbike that “does all of it”. The colloquial time period for such a mannequin is a “unicorn”. Apparently, Honda Bike & Scooter India (HMSI) believed it devised as a lot when it debuted the Honda Unicorn (CBF150M) in 2004. Large Purple ultimately expanded the Unicorn’s area to the Center East as effectively, serving to the model obtain 150,000 models offered yearly.
Now, Honda will carry the do-it-all bike to Nigeria as an possibility for customers and company prospects. Led by Honda Nigeria Managing Director Hirohide Ichikawa, the OEM launched the mannequin in Ikeja, Lagos, on February 8, 2023. The occasion hosted 27 bike sellers from the Nigerian states of Lagos, Abia, Ogun, Oyo, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, and Kano.
Designed with Indian roads in thoughts, the Unicorn champions a strong diamond body. The newest rendition of the mannequin additionally includes a fuel-injected 162.7cc single-cylinder engine that boasts 12.7 horsepower (at 7,500 rpm) and 10.3 lb-ft of torque (at 5,500 rpm).
Whereas the Unicorn advantages from these preparations, Honda retains prices down with a kick- and self-starter, a five-speed transmission, and air-cooling. The agency might want to optimize that worth given the financial scenario in Nigeria.
“We’re significantly proud that the Honda Unicorn is being launched as we speak beneath the current tough working terrain in Nigeria,” admitted Ichikawa. “Certainly, regardless of the tough working setting, Nigeria continues to play a key position within the enterprise plans of Honda Motor globally.”
To attractively place the Unicorn through the making an attempt occasions, Honda will supply the mannequin at N1,400,000 (~$3,050 USD). Along with the light-weight bike’s sturdiness, Workforce Purple believes the Unicorn’s economical gas consumption, service/components availability, and excessive resale worth will justify that budget-conscious MSRP.
Most motorcyclists wouldn’t think about Honda’s runabout as a “unicorn”. Nevertheless, the mannequin’s wallet-friendly worth, usability, and ease could be an ideal match for Nigerian riders.