4th August, 2015: Honda made a striking appearance by unveiling its much-awaited 150cc sports bike, Honda CBR150R. Targeted for the youth, the bike comes with impressive looks and a lot of power. This is the second premium offering by Honda in 150cc segment after Unicorn. Priced at Rs. 1,23,027 for the Deluxe version and Rs. 1,22,024 for the Standard version (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi), the sportsbike is available in five breath-taking colour schemes: Vibrant Orange, Black & Candy Palm Green, Black & Pearl Sunbeam White and Sports Red. With Honda CBR150R’s entry in India, the 150cc battle goes tough with its sole competitor - Yamaha YZF-R15. Honda CBR 150R has been released in additional three new refreshing colours and pleasing graphics at the Honda Revfest that took place in 8 Indian cities simultaneously.
Honda stunned Indian moto freaks with the release of CBR150R. The machine caters to the young generation of the country who carry a strong racing instinct in their blood. It is the second premium sports bike in India after Yamaha YZF-R15 which employ such racing style and dynamics.
Honda CBR150R gets its power from a 149.4cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SI engine which is mated to a six-speed transmission system. The mighty Honda mill delivers a peak power of 18.28bhp at 10,500rpm corresponding to a maximum torque of 12.66Nm at 8500rpm. The engine incorporates Programmed Fuel Injection System (PGM-Fi) that gives an improved fuel economy and assists reaching a top speed of 109kmph. The bike’s fuel tank has 13 liter of capacity.
Honda CBR 150R runs on 100/80-17 and 130/70-17 sized front and rear tubeless tyres respectively. The bike comes equipped with powerful 276mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes to pop-up some stoppies effortlessly. Honda CBR150R body is crafted beautifully on a diamond shaped chassis coupled with telescopic front forks and spring loaded hydraulic type rear monoshock.
The baby CBR incorporates a split-seat with an under-seat utility storage compartment. Cockpit of CBR150R comes with amber-backlit digital speedometer, analogue tachometer and twin tripmeters to provide full information to the rider. Sporty full front cowling looks fascinating which dresses the CBR150R with race-inspiring looks. The headlamp design with twin pilot lamps makes its front profile look mean and aggressive. A short-sporty exhaust fills the bike’s DNA with complete racing spirit. Therefore, Honda CBR150R is a smart package that enhances the overall personality of the rider.
Bringing the experience of exquisite Honda CBR series to the masses with the CBR 150R is definitely a sensible thing. Besides, offering that baby CBR with the characteristics of its elder siblings is also quite ingenious move by Honda.
The machine boasts of full front fairing, racing stripes, wider tyres, dual disc brakes, split seat with edgy rear end and robust muffler that helps it gain attention instantaneously. The instrumentation of the motorcycle comes from its elder sibling CBR 250R and displays analog tachometer and digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip meter, engine temperature, clock and other tell tales.
It has been assembled on a Daimond type frame, which is designed to cater all types of roads in India. Furthermore, it is made run on 100/80-17-inch front and 130/80-17-inch rear tubeless tyres that encircle stylish 5-spoke alloy wheels. The wheels are also equipped with 276mm disc brake at the front and 220mm disc brake at the rear. The ride is handled with the equipment of telescopic forks at the front and monoshock absorber at the rear.
Dimensions drawn by the motorcycle are 2000mm x 825mm x 1120mm (l x w x h), which are fine for Indian riding conditions. The wheelbase of 1305mm keeps the machine stable and grounded during cornering. The minimum ground clearance of the bike is 190mm, which is high enough to pass the steepest speed breaker. Kerb weight of 138kg feels light and enhances the pick-up of the machine. The rider feels free to take this machine on a tour as it houses a tank that can store 13 liter fuel. It is offered in four attractive colors: Vibrant Orange, Black & Candy Palm Green, Black & Pearl Sunbeam White and Sports Red.
Honda CBR 150R is incorporated with a 149.4cc, Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 4-Valve, DOHC, SI engine that is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The engine is tuned to generate a maximum power of 18.28bhp at 10,500rpm and a peak torque of 12.66Nm at 8,500rpm. The motor is also bestowed with the PGM-FI technology that enhances power delivery and throttle response. The top speed of the motorcycle is 109kmph.
Honda CBR 150R is designed on a well engineered chassis that offers a brilliant overall performance. The handling is quite comfortable with the clip-on handlebars and comfy riding position. The wide tyres at both the ends with disc brakes keep the rider confident while riding at high speeds and taking sharp turns. The suspensions are responsive and prove to be stable in every riding condition. The lightweight motorcycle picks-up quickly and remains stable at even at speed above 100kmph. The wheelbase of the machine keeps the rider stable and steering easy.
The machine is equipped with 130mm rear tyre that offers high traction level and rider can easily do cornering at high speeds confidently. The ground clearance of the motorcycle is high enough to surpass any hurdle of the road. Braking system is sound enough to stop the vehicle in any circumstances.
Tyres could have been wider
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