When the new Unicorn 160 was launched, we had noted thatHMSI will most likely pull the plug on the Unicorn. Well, theoldest 150cc motorcycle in the market is no longer listed on HMSI's website. Dismal sales figures as well as a growing affinity formore powerful machines have been cited as reasons forits demise.
Our source tells us that HMSI had stopped manufacturing the motorcycle a while ago. A dealer told OD thatthe last CB Unicorn wassoldnearly a month ago. Fresh stocks aren't available and dealers aren't registering bookings for more Unicorn motorcycles either. Dealers are reporting an influx of bookings for the newly launched Honda CB Unicorn 160 though.
HMSI has hadfivemotorcycles on salein the 150cc space, out of which the CB Unicorn Dazzler and now the Unicorn aren't on sale anymore. The other motorcycles are the CB Unicorn 160, CB Trigger and the CBR150R. TheHonda CB Unicorn hasenjoyed reasonable success and has been selling decent numbers every month.
The CB Unicorn was perceived as acomfortable, fuel efficient and reliable motorcycle which could be used for daily commutes as well as for occassional use on the highways. The Unicorn will also be remembered as the first motorcycle in its category to use a monoshock rear suspension. Sinceits launch in 2005, the Unicorn only underwent cosmetic changes in the form of alloy wheels and colour schemes. HMSI said that italso made changes to the cylinder head, increasing one tooth in the rear sprocket, changing the air filter to a viscous unit and painted the cycle parts and engine in a black powder coating.
We contacted HMSI and the company maintains thatit isstill manufacturing the motorcycle and that it is being exported as well.