Honda CBR150R was previously available in India from 2012, but was discontinued later in 2017, likely due to low sales
With a growing preference for entry-level performance bikes, Honda appears to be planning a second inning for the CBR150R in the Indian market. To this end, the company has applied for a patent on the bicycle. When the Honda CBR150R launches here, it will be up against Yamaha R15 V4.
Honda CBR150R design and features
CBR150R is a true racing machine with a sharp nose and aerodynamic body panels. It takes design inspiration from its bigger siblings, CBR500R and CBR650R. At the front, the bike gets dual LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Other key features include a compact windshield, sporty rear-view mirrors, low-profile wide-angle steering wheel, full digital instrument cluster, sculpted fuel tank, upswept exhaust and steps.
Side panels are intelligently designed not only for visual exuberance but also to ensure the least amount of wind resistance. A mix of contrasting tones and eye-catching graphics further enhance the bike’s sporty profile. Gold USD forks are another major highlight. Color options for Honda CBR150R vary depending on the market.
For example, the bike is offered in six color options in Indonesia, while Malaysia only has two color options. Some of the color themes that come across as particularly striking are Victory Black Red, Honda Racing Red, Dominator Matte Black, Candy Scintillate Red and MotoGP Edition. The color options for India are likely to be different from those in the international markets.
In terms of ergonomics, the Honda CBR150R has a forward-leaning riding position. It comes with low-set handlebars and rear-mounted footpegs. The bike will be a joy to ride on open roads, but can be a little difficult to maneuver in heavy traffic.
Honda CBR150R engine and specifications
In international markets, the Honda CBR150R is powered by a 149.2cc, liquid-cooled DOHC engine. It generates a maximum power of 17.1 hp at 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 14.4 Nm at 7,000 rpm. It is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. In comparison, the main competitor Yamaha R15 V4 uses a 155cc engine that produces 18.4 hp and 14.2 Nm. So while the CBR150R has relatively little power, it has a little more torque to offer.
Like R15, the Honda CBR150R comes with auxiliary and slipper clutch. It offers multiple benefits such as reduced engine braking impact, improved overall ride comfort and lighter clutch lever pull.
Honda CBR150R uses a diamond frame with inverted telescopic front suspension and rear monoshock swingarm. The bike has 17-inch wheels on both ends, shod with 100/80 front and 130/70 rear tires. It has disc brakes at both ends with dual channel ABS.
It is possible that Honda would introduce Bluetooth-based connectivity features for the CBR150R in India. Rival R15 already offers a range of connectivity features, accessible via the Y-Connect app. Pricing must also be competitive for the CBR150R to generate the desired sales volumes.