Hornet 250 could take the place of the Hornet 160R and X-Blade could continue to be the 160cc motorcycle as Hornet has become a cult brand
The Honda Hornet 160R was quite a success for the brand. The bike’s edgy styling, practical usability, and not-so-expensive price tag were some major factors in its good sales. Riding on its success, the Japanese giant also introduced a slightly restyled version of the Hornet, the X-Blade in the 2018 Auto Expo.
Honda, however, is particularly weak in the 200-250cc segment. Their CBR 250R is too long in the tooth and although a mildly updated version was showcased at the Auto Expo, it still wasn’t significant to grab the attention of the customers. Now, this move proves that Honda isn’t really keen to introduce an able bike in the faired segment, we, however, are evaluating whether or not there is a possibility of a 250cc streetfighter called Hornet 250.
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You see this is exactly what Yamaha did with the FZ25. The new FZ is the motorcycle that bought Yamaha into the 250cc segment that was relatively vacant. Its pricing was in the sweet spot and that too did the trick. At approx INR 1.2 lacs (ex-showroom), this bike created quite a stir and managed to give a fight to the mainstream 200cc naked as well. Although it felt short on class-leading features and hardware, it made it up in the practicality and styling.
We cannot find a reason why the same recipe would not work for Honda. The brand’s styling department is doing its job well, what they now need is the right motor. The FZ is propelled via an all-new oil cooled, 2 valves, 250cc engine which kicks out 21 ponies and 20 Nm of torque. This configuration could be perfect for the Honda engine too and it’ll also help them to price the bike lower than its rivals.
Additionally, Hondas are known for refinement and mid-range punch, which this motor could be blessed with too. This segment itself is very beneficial for brands like Honda, as the bikes are good commuters as well as the right for people looking for their first bike. Honda’s long hiatus means that new brands could make the most of it and Honda wouldn’t be too happy about it. As of now, the chances look promising but, we can only keep our fingers crossed and hope for the very best.
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