Good news from Honda once again. Finally, the downsized version of the super street bike, Honda CB1000R is out; the CB150R. Honda unveiled this bike at the Jakarta Motorcycle Show in Indonesia. Honda has stated that this motorcycle has been built especially for the Indian market which means we can be sure that it is definitely headed for the Indian markets in a very short time.
The CB150R gets its design cues from the CB1000R, although without a big fairing and turn signal indicators. The bike looks impressive, albeit slightly small which is normal when comparing two very dissimilar bikes with similar styling features.
The Honda CBR150R is already selling in the Indian market and has managed to quench the thirst of buyers looking for a sporty looking 150cc bike. Honda may now bring the naked street fighter version of this motorcycle to India as well.
Honda has already unveiled the CB150R naked bike and it looks quite attractive. It comes with sporty graphics, visible trellis frame chassis and alloy wheels. It looks quite different from its fully-faired sibling and Honda has managed to strike the right note in the looks department.
It comes with the same a 149.4cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor with PGMI fuel ignition (FI) system that the CBR150R has. This motor makes 17.6 bhp of power at 10,500 rpm and 12.66 Nm of torque at 8,500RPM. It gets telescopic forks up front and gets a mono-shock for the rear suspension. Honda may strip the Indian version of this motorcycle off of the fuel injection system and the oil-cooler to keep price under check.
The International version of the CB150R has an exhaust akin to the one on the CB Dazzler. It is equipped with both an electric start and a kick start lever which is a boon for city commuting. The saddle itself is rather low and offers a reasonably sporty riding position; however it is still quite comfortable for city commuting purposes as well.
Honda may replace the CB Dazzler motorcycle with the CB150R, although there has been no official word on the same. The Cb150R will compete with popular 150cc bikes like the Yamaha FZ-S, FZ-16 and the Bajaj Pulsar 150.