Which is the better bike for low maintenance and long life, sporty looks – Apache or Unicorn?
Choose Unicorn for low maintenance, better and widespread service network and easy availability of parts. Choose Apache for sheer performance and looks. Unicorn comes with a 'combi-brakes' variant which helps as both brakes area applied together, whether you apply one or both. Also, in this variant both are disc brakes. Apache 160 too has a dual-disc version. A pity they have limited the ABS to 180 version because that would have made a huge difference. In terms of pickup, speed and cornering, Apache is miles ahead of the Unicorn which is a commuter at heart, albeit one that can be used as a tourer over relatively shorter distances. Honda is always stellar in terms of quality and electrical, even the switchgear is great and doesn't look tacky. One thing that goes against TVS is those shitty TVS tyres. If you change those to MRF or Ceat or Bridgestone, that makes for a fantastic bike.
The best bike in the 160 cc segment is TVS Apache RTR 160. It comes with a much better design than the Honda’s traditionally designed Unicorn 160. Also, the RTR produces 15.2 BHP @ 8500 rpm and 13.1 NM @ 4000 rpm. It comes with a 5-speed gearbox and disc brakes for each wheel. Being 137 kg, the bike is light and much more efficient than the Unicorn 160. It comes with low maintenance and when it comes to long life, both the bikes are good at it. You can get an Apache RTR 160 for INR 73,800.