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Honda Unicorn vs Bajaj Pulsar 150 - Road rash
We settle the much awaited score
By : Shubhabrata Marmar | Published : February 21, 2005 | Photos : Pablo Chaterji
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While monoshocks definitely are the way to go, the Bajaj makes a solid case for well-sorted twin-shocks. The gas-charged rear shocks and low stiction front telescopes work conspicuously well. Ride quality on good surfaces is feedback rich without upsetting the rider unduly. When the road begins to go bad, the shocks continue to work effectively. In the same corner, fatter rubber and greater shock-absorption ensure that the Pulsar maintains the neutral, confident stance, so you can hustle along without hesitation.

The ride quality alone doesn’t give the Pulsar a handling advantage. It also scores on cycle parts, like the smaller diameter alloys, and the low-n-narrow handlebars. The bars lower leverage, but return more feedback and allow more control. The smaller rims, though heavier than a 17-inch spoked equivalent, lower steering effort and make the 150 feel quite effortless. 

The Unicorn also feels light-effort, but with a difference. The taller, wider bar puts more distance between rider and contact patch, which is nice trundling along at 60, but hides crucial information going ten-tenths and trail braking into a corner.

The Pulsar is ahead on ride and handling; down the straight highways, though, you won’t notice much difference. Both are bottom-friendly, despite the sportier tuck of the Pulsar.The most obvious difference in attitude are the approaches to powertrain and styling that Honda and Bajaj have chosen. The Pulsar is unashamedly sporty, while the Unicorn is safely, even meekly, styled to be attractive and acceptable.

On to the powertrain. The Honda’s engine is pretty straight-forward. The offset crank helps damp vibes and a ventilation system of sorts cools the head. The motor works very well. While the Unicorn is slower off the blocks than the Pulsar, you won’t really mind it that much. The engine feels so refined, sorted, unstressed and willing that you come to like the serenity of each fast or slow ride. The slick one-down-four-up gearbox is a fast friend as well, and the Honda surges forward with a low growl whenever you open throttle, no matter how badly timed the input.
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  Posted by Gautham at 16th November,2010
Hi friends i'm an ardent fan of Honda (now). I'll give you a clear picture of which bike is better. I & my friend has both CB Unicorn & Pulsar. CB Unicorn - Better comfort, mileage, durability. Pulsar- Comfort (not upto the mark), mileage (no), durability (not steady). I waited for more than three months for CB Unicorn and at last got the bike. I don't regret for waiting since it is better than any other bike i have rode and i'm telling you this from my heart. I had CBZ, my brother had Hunk and my friends had Apache and GS150R. We all drove each others bike and came to a conclusion that all of them liked CB Unicorn. CB Unicorn has a uniform weight all around and the jerk is well-balanced even if the bike is in full throttle. We all went for long drive and everyone loved to drive CB Unicorn. Once you pass the third gear you wont feel the engine sound, it's so smooth, no wear & tear for long-term (Guaranteed). It is trendy too for youth's and good value for money. I strongly recommend ev
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