Getting yourself a compatible 2-wheeler is no piece of cake these days, as it used to be a decade back. With a whole lot of exciting options lined down in the automotive market, an individual must know his requirements to stay at par with what he wants to own. The 2-wheeler industry is well-equipped with motorcycles/scooters from all the segments prior to engine capacity, looks, fuel efficiency & performance. It wasn’t easy for me as well, to choose from a wide range of motorcycles however I landed my search bug on a Hero Honda HUNK (2008).
Some important traits:
- Date of Purchase: 20th August, 2008
- Total Kilometers clocked (till date): 27,430
- Max. Mileage achieved: 52 kmpl
- Min. Mileage achieved: 47 kmpl
- Top Speed achieved: 128 kmph
HUNK was a stint of luck to me. It came with all the possible features that I could think of in my first motorcycle. I bought it a gross price of 60,500 INR. A fuel efficient motorcycle with 150cc engine churning out 14.4 BHP of power was quite a deal for a daily commuter like me & was certainly not a massive blow to my pocket as well. The machine gives a “big bike feel” once you settle yourself on the comfortable step seat. The Panther Black paint job suited me best.
Engine & Transmission:
The HUNK sports an Air Cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder, 149.2cc engine that develops max power of 14.4 BHP at 8500rpm & max torque of 12.80 Nm at 6500rpm. And this humble machine runs through an Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System with Electric Start. The engine rightfully boasts to be the fiercest among other competitors in the 150cc segment. As far as the transmission goes, a Multiplate Wet Clutch with 5-Speed Constant-Mesh gearbox gives the motorcycle a smooth shift & ride capabilities.
Suspension & Brakes:
The Front suspension holds a set of Telescopic Hydraulic Shock absorbers while the Rear suspension enjoys the first-in-class Swing arm with 5-step adjustable Nitrox GRS (Gas Reservoir Suspension) system. Over the years, there’s hasn’t been a single flaw with the suspension system, even on the toughest tarmacs such as ice, water & sand. Be it the icy-cold roads of Patnitop or the hot tarmacs of Delhi-Lucknow Highway, the suspension have stood out everytime without a breakdown. Front Brake is a Disc Type (Non-Asbestos) with 240mm diameter & the Rear Brake is internal expandable shoe type, diameter 130mm. The Hydraulic Brake Fluid either of DOT3 or DOT4 type can be used.
Dimensions & Capacities:
Inspite of belonging to 150cc class, the HUNK establishes its image as a big sized bike with an Overall Height of 1095mm & 2080mm Overall Length. And what drifts it from the dumb commuter bike segment is the incredible Ground Clearance of 145 mm that paves way for off-roading as well. The Kerb Weight of the motorcycle being 146kg makes it a stable ride. The Fuel Tank capacity is 12.4 litres having 2.2 litres of Usable Reserve. Engine Oil capacity is 1.2 litres, however at the time of draining 900ml is consumed.
The motorcycle comes with an AMCO made 12V-7AH (for Electric Start) or 12V-5AH (for Kick Start) battery which is ideal for strengthening the Flywheel A.C. Generator & other 12V lamps such as the 35/35W Halogen Bulb with Multifocal Reflector in the headlight, 5/21W tail lamp & other indicators. For the Electric Start type, 15A, 20A Fuse is fitted.
It’s been more than 2 years that I’ve enjoyed the status of being a proud owner of a Hero Honda HUNK. And no massive failure occurred over these years as far as the motorcycle’s performance is concerned. Hero Honda provides an inevitable promise of quality service for all its products & obliges the buyers by offering 6 free services, wherein the only cost that has to borne by the customer is for the engine oil. The consecutive services, that I avail from the Authorized Hero Honda Service Centers comprise of regular engine oil replacements, air-filter cleaning, battery check-ups, wheel alignment & brake checks.
And apart from this, Hero Honda also strengthens their bond with the customers by giving a chance to show their immense care for the motorcycle as well as win exciting prizes at regular services. The program is called the Hero Honda Passport Programme, in context to which, the customer can collect reward points on consecutive services & hence utilize the points in availing discounts on purchase of Spare parts & other accessories. I have myself used the reward points & purchased body cowls for my HUNK at discounted prices.
The Hero Honda HUNK is a powerful machine with some incomparable features like the Nitrox GRS or the MFR Head lamps. It’s been quite a journey with my bike. I’ve done a fair share of roadtrips to various parts of North India including Shimla, Patnitop, Agra & Chandigarh. And everytime I ride my HUNK, I know that it won’t let me down. I make sure that I jeopardize even a pinch of ignorance for my motorcycle & the machine loves me back too.