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Published on 01 Apr 2016 | 8 months ago

Honda CB Hornet 160R vs Suzuki Gixxer 155 vs Yamaha FZ- S FI
Know more about comparison between Hornet vs Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ-S at : www.bikedekho.com/compare-bikes/honda-cb-hornet-160r-and-suzuki-gixxer-and-yamaha-fzs

Design and Features:
The CB Hornet is a very fresh and appealing design in this segment. The bike sports a chiseled fuel tank, lean side panels, multi-spoke alloy wheels and petal disc brakes. It looks edgy from all angles especially with that meaty rear tyre and that X-Shaped LED tail lamp. The instrument console is a full digital readout and looks most aesthetic of all here. The only gripe being the quality of the switchgear and the lack of an engine kill switch.
The Suzuki Gixxer looks very stylish too. The bike has a more fluidic design to it with a muscular fuel tank. Overall fit and finish on the bike is great and the switches feel very tactile to operate. The instrument console also has a gear shift indicator which we feel is quite a handy thing to have as it only accentuates your riding experience.
The refreshed Yamaha though a newer model feels pretty dated in comparison. It continues to display good presence with its petite headlamp and a large fuel tank. The quality of the switchgear is nice too. The digital console is very basic though.
To sum it up, we would say design wise they are all pretty similar and are equipped with digital instrument consoles but if you take a closer look at the features that each one offers - the Gixxer is the clear winner here.

Engine and performance:
The 162 cc motor on the Hornet performs its duties flawlessly. The refinement levels are high across the rev range. When shifting through the cogs, the throttle response feels smooth and acceleration is seamless. The Hornet is also the most powerful amongst the three, churning about 15.6 bhp and 14.7 nm of torque.
The Suzuki Gixxer’s 155 cc engine when thrummed to life settles into a smooth idle. The gear shifts are slick and precise on the move. It makes only 1bhp less than the Hornet but given its fantastic low and midrange, makes city commuting and overtaking a breeze. The acceleration is very linear and the engine displays no signs of stress even with the throttle pinned. The Honda in comparison needs to be worked upon to extract all that power.
The Yamaha’s engine is nice on its own but pales in performance when compared with the other two. One would feel the engine stressed with the throttle opened up during prolonged highway runs.
To say then, the Hornet shines on the highway with its peak power while the Suzuki is great in the city. The Yamaha does its job well as a premium commuter.
The Suzuki though feels vibe and stress free across the power band and that makes it the winner again.

Ride, Handling and Braking:
The Hornet comes with a stiffer set up that is suited for excellent highway manners but within the city it feels a tad uncomfortable despite it wider rear tyre. The feedback from the suspension set up could have been a little better. It handles like a dream and is extremely forgiving. There is ample feedback from the suspension up front and taking corners at higher speeds is confidence inspiring. In the city too, the ride is pliant and comfortable. Yamaha was always been known to be a good handler and the FZ-S never disappointed. All bikes here are equipped with telescopic front suspension with a mono shock rear.
Honda has equipped the Hornet with disc brakes on both wheels aided with its patented Combi-brake system (CBS). They offer terrific bite and superior stopping power. The brakes offered good feedback and felt progressive at high and low speeds. The Honda is the only here to offer disc brakes on both wheels. The Gixxer and the FZ on the other hand get a drum at the rear with a disc up front.
To sum it up, the Gixxer lets you push the bike harder into corners with its superior handling that can be harnessed even in everyday riding. The Honda outshines in the braking department with its rear disc and CBS braking system.

Verdict:
So as far as the looks go, all three motorcycles look sporty and muscular.
The Gixxer wins over the Hornet as far as features, performance and handling go. The Hornet fights back with better braking performance and not to mention Honda’s wide spread after sales network. Yamaha has everything going for it but does not hold its appeal in terms of freshness of design and the performance offered by the other two.
If you look at the price, the Gixxer comes for Rs.83,000 while the Hornet 160R with CBS comes with a premium price tag of Rs. 89,000. Yamaha falls in between at Rs. 85,451. All prices being ex-showroom Mumbai.
The Gixxer then is the one we would vote for as the winner here.

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