Honda is presently the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India by growth and is only second to Hero MotoCorp in terms of sales volume. Over the years, the company has been producing some of the best-rated motorcycles and scooters in India and has been extremely active all the year around.
Along with the recent launch of the urban scooter, Grazia, Honda is working on another sporty motorcycle in the sub-200cc segment, i.e. the all-new Honda CB150R. The Honda CB150R will open up the sporty side of the company in the segment, even as the older Honda Unicorn 160 could match up well with the competition.
At present, the likes of Honda Hornet 160R is Honda’s most powerful motorcycle in the commuter segment with around 150cc engine. However, the CB150R will overhaul the Hornet, that too with a smaller engine on offer.
Power & Performance
The Honda CB150R will be powered by a 149cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine under the hood. The power produced by this engine will be further boosted with the fuel-injection delivery system and will stand to 16.8 bhp at a thumping 9,000 revs per minute against 13.7 Nm at 7,000 revs per minute. The engine is very responsive with high revolutions and will give you a lot of control on the twist of your right-hand side throttle.
Still not believing the performance prowess of the Honda CB150R? Let me tell you that it is as powerful as the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and is more powerful than the Honda Hornet and the TVS Apache RTR 160.
The all-new Honda CB150R has been built with a slight inclination towards being a naked-street fighter and will be made evident by the big fuel tank and the mono shock rear suspension. There is a sharp fuel tank cowl that would make it aerodynamic as well. The seating position will be more relaxed than any fully-faired motorcycle to ease some pressure off your wrists during long rides.
Given the fact that the Honda CB150R is set to be the most powerful Honda motorcycle in the lower engine segment, it will be given disc brakes at both ends. The rear tyre (130 section) will be marginally thinner than the Hornet (140 section) but is good enough to have a good road grip. The kerb weight is also on the lower side compared to the Bajaj Pulsar series, which means that the 149cc engine will work much more efficiently.
The Honda CB150R will definitely be a sensation in the domestic market, just like the Honda Hornet 160R was. The reason why this motorcycle is called sporty is not the styling (the naked-street design looks more aggressive than sporty) but the powerful heart. It is easily the most powerful motorcycle in the segment and competes against the Bajaj Pulsar NS160, TVS Apache RTR 160 and the Suzuki Gixxer, all of which have bigger engines but are inferior to the CB150R in terms of the power.