Suzuki Gixxer vs Honda Hornet 160R Comparison Review

Published on : Feb 19, 2017
Honda Hornet 160R vs Suzuki Gixxer Comparison Review :

Pricing & Features Comparison:
Hornet if offered with four variants while the Gixxer comes with total of three variants to choose as an option. The Standard variant of Hornet quotes a price tag of 90,000 Rs. on-road Delhi making it about 4,000 Rs. costlier than Gixxer's standard variant costing 86,000 Rs. on-road Delhi. Also, both of these motorcycles comes with a Special edition which is their top of the line trim. The Special edition Gixxer will cost you 91,000 Rs. on-road Delhi that is again 7,000 Rs. cheaper than Hornet's Special edition priced at 97,000 Rs. on-road Delhi.

Both of these motorcycles extend more or less the same features like Digital instrumentation, Carburated engine, LED tail lamps, Diamond frame, telescopic front suspension and mono-shocks at the rear. Gixxer has an added advantage of seven step adjustable mono-shock suspension and a programmable gear shift indicator over the Hornet which only holds a gain by providing Combined braking system but both of them misses out on ABS even as an option.

Price, On Road, Delhi:
Hornet 160R (Standard) - 90,994 Rs.
Hornet 160R (Special edition Standard) - 87,753 Rs.
Hornet 160R (Standard CBS) - 95,942 Rs.
Hornet 160R (Special edition CBS) - 97,021 Rs.

Gixxer (Standard) - 86,654 Rs.
Gixxer (Standard with Rear Disc) - 89,753 Rs.
Gixxer (Special Edition) - 91,137 Rs.

Performance & Tractability:
The Engine in the Gixxer is a 155cc motor provisioned with Suzuki's sophisticated SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance ) technology. This engine is capable to deliver 14.3 bhp of power and 14 Nm of peak torque, coupled with a slick 5-speed sequential gearbox. The Carburated motor in the Gixxer turns out to be an optimum bliss to ride. The bike performs abruptly meteoric around 4000 rpm mark with brisk throttle response and revs effortlessly. The engine feels butter smooth and the Gearshifts are inch-perfect. Low end performance in the city feels delicate, demanding downshifts for quick overtakes. You could hear the throaty sounding note from the exhaust as soon as you conquer the 5000 rpm range and the bike glides over the road like a maniac with a sudden burst of power and feels very comfortable to cruise around 90 kmph on the highways though it could easily do a top speed of 125+ kmph on the speedo.
Hornet extracts power from its air-cooled, four stroke 162.71 cc engine churning out 15.7 bhp with the peak torque of 14.76 Nm. Honda's prominent super smooth engine welcomes you on-board as soon as you crank up the Hornet. Get on to the first gear and this machine will pull effortlessly with remarkable low end performance. Hornet puts out slightly more power figures than the Gixxer but doesn't feels perky in the mid-range plot when compared to the Gixxer, but ensures you uniform power delivery when ridden across the city conditions. The five speed transmission feels expressive and the taller gearing helps it in stretching to the redline very precisely.  As you go past the 6500 rpm mark a rasping sound starts coming from the engine, accompanied by some vibrations through the handlebars and foot-pegs revealing that the bike struggles at top-end range though it feels gleeful around 70 kmph.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Gixxer - 108, Hornet - 110
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):  Gixxer - 101, Hornet - 103

Power (PS@rpm): Gixxer - 14.6@8000 , Hornet - 15.6@8000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Gixxer - 14@6000 , Hornet - 14.7@6500
Kerb Weight (kg): Gixxer - 135 , Hornet - 142

Displacement (cc): Gixxer - 154.9 , Hornet - 162.71
Gear-box: Gixxer - 5 speed , Hornet - 5 speed
Fuel Efficiency:
Gixxer is claimed to return an ARAI certified mileage of 63 kmpl which is about 4 kmpl more than Hornet's ARAI claimed mileage of 59 kmpl. Honda claims that Hornet will deliver good performance and yet improved mileage at the same time due to presence of Honda eco technology (HET). Suzuki has also aided its engine in the Gixxer with Suzuki Eco performance (SEP) to attain a higher fuel efficiency with precise performance simultaneously. In real world conditions both of the bikes promise to deliver you more or less identical fuel efficiency of about 45 kmpl in the city with mixed riding conditions and around 50 kmpl on the highways. Also a lot of things depends up-to your riding style and manner.

ARAI Certified Mileage (kmpl) : Gixxer - 63.5 , Hornet - 59
Test Mileage (kmpl) : Gixxer - 45 , Hornet - 45

Fuel Cost ( for usage of 60,000 km) : Gixxer - 1.26 Lakh , Hornet - 1.26 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Well, reliability haven't been a matter of concern for both Suzuki and Honda products here in India. They are one of those authentic brands that have build and maintained the faith of premier service over the years. One can blindly trust the dependability offered in the products of Suzuki and Honda. They are famous for the immaculate quality provided in their line-up starting from the small scooters, bikes and maintains the same optimum level of standard in their premium high-end Super-bikes and even on the luxury four wheeler's produced by them all over the world. Honda's only advantage is the presence of its boundless service point setups across the country. Suzuki on the other hand is expanding the reach of their two wheeler service stations in whole country to make their existing service even much better and also to offer peace of mind after sales to their customers.

Resale Price (after 5 - 7 years & 60,000 km)Gixxer - 32,000 Rs. , Hornet - 37,000 Rs.

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost - Resale Price): 
Gixxer - 1.80 Lakh , Hornet - 1.79 Lakh

Handling & Ride Quality:
The Gixxer feels very stable on the road and feels eager to change directions while riding. The overall balance even with the pillion is commendable as it doesn't let you feel insecure even when you lean over the sharpest turns and hard-core cornering. There aren't any noticeable vibrations either on the Gixxer. The CB Hornet 160R too lends you a supreme ride quality and control on the road and flicks very easily through the traffic because of its shorter turning radius. It feels firmly planted at both slow and high speeds but feels a bit distracted when pushed into the corners. Both of these bikes uses a diamond frame to maintain noteworthy stability and stiffness with minimal body roll. They also share the identical suspension framework that includes a telescopic suspension upfront and a mono-shock setup at the rear, while the mono-shock on the Gixxer is a 7-step adjustable layout with the step 7 being the stiffest, and can be adjusted to the liking and convenience of the rider. Suspension on the Gixxer feels much adroit and better tuned than that on the Hornet. Gixxer eats up even the worst potholes with ease without letting the jolts to creep till the rider. While the suspension on the Hornet is a bit on softer side which tends to struggle in lending high speed stability and breaks the flow of the rider. Though it does a tremendous job in handling the jerks at mediocre pace. When it comes to the braking department, both Gixxer and Hornet comes with an option of dual discs. While the combi brake technology on the Hornet applies both brakes at same time even if one is applied by the rider and certainly helps in improving the braking performance of the Bike. Gixxer's brake also offer good amount of bite and plays an important role to halt the motorcycle from quick speeds.

Tyre Size:
Front: Gixxer - 100/80 R17 (Tubeless), Hornet - 100/80 R17 (Tubeless)
Rear: Gixxer - 140/60 R17 (Tubeless), Hornet - 140/70 R17 (Tubeless)

Wheelbase (mm): 
Gixxer - 1330 , Hornet - 1345

Comfort & Ergonomics:
Hornet is way ahead of the Gixxer in providing comfort levels in seating for both rider and pillion. Seats on the Hornet comes with eminent cushioning, feels wide and roomy, letting the occupants to enjoy the longest journeys comfortably. The one piece seat on the Gixxer feels terrible in comfort and convenience for both rider and pillion with minimal amount of cushioning and feels hard to sit on. Pillion might also feel uncomfortable even on short city rides on the Gixxer due to the lack of width on seat and being a bit on a higher position than usual 150cc bikes in the same category.  Hornet does definitely well when it comes to the seating and comfort. The riding posture of the Gixxer is on a sportier side with rear set gear and brake foot-pegs and wide handlebars helps in maintaining aggressive stance and nifty clench on the road. While the Hornet enjoys much more relaxed riding posture with minimal fatigue while long touring and thus turning out to be much friendly while city commutes and cruising.

Seat Height (mm): Gixxer - 780 , Hornet - 790

Both Suzuki Gixxer and Honda Hornet are in the priority list of the buyers. They are appealing in terms of looks and feels equally sorted. The performance is quite evenly matched and both does significantly better in their respective aspects. Gixxer puts up smashing mid and top end while the Hornets excels in superior low end performance in the city and tries to keep up with Gixxer on the Highways. Gixxer presents brilliant handling dynamics, enchanting performance, rich in features and procure riders involvement yet remaining the cheapest in the lot as well. While Honda CB Hornet 160R benefits the rider with decorous performance, excellent comfort than any of its rivals and a well accomplished service network. Declaring a winner between these two is very difficult as both have their strong points. So if you are a person who loves performance and want to enjoy thrilling character under one lakh rupees without caring much about comfort levels then the Gixxer is made for you, but if you pay heed about comfortable seating with refined engine, quick performance and decent riding dynamics, then the CB Hornet 160R manages to fulfill all these criteria. Thus all the above stated points make both of these motorcycles a fair aspirants in their segment.