Honda officially launches the CBR150R and announces its price for India..
After unveiling it in the 2012 New Delhi AutoExpo and announing that the CBR150R would make it to India by early 2012, Honda has kept it's word and has now officially launched the bike. Unlike the CBR250R which has been positioned as a "Mini Sports Tourer", Honda seems to be positioning the CBR150R as a "Mini Track bike".
Priced at Rs. Rs 1,16,385 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Standard and Rs. 1,17,385 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Deluxe variant, the CBR150R is pegged at about Rs. 10,000 dearer than its closest rival in terms of specs and body style, the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0. On the other hand it is priced almost at the same price of the KTM 200 Duke.
The difference between the Standard and the Deluxe variant is just in the color scheme. The Standard colors are  Black with Pearl Sunbeam White and  Sports Red with Pearl Sunbeam White. The Deluxe colors are:  Black with Candy Palm Green &  Vibrant Orange with Pearl Sunbeam White
Also unlike the CBR250R, there is no ABS variant for the CBR150R.
Dimensionally the CBR150R is almost identical to the CBR250R and apart from the different color combinations it would take an enthusiasts keen eye to make out the difference between the two.
Personally the CBR150R appears more proportional, thanks to the shorter exhaust and the perimeter frame like element of the chasis of the CBR150R. I hope that the CBR150R is better than the CBR250R in the fit and finish department (the finish of parts on the CBR250R leaves a lot to be desired from a bike which costs Rs. 1.6-1.85 lakhs on road) although it be odd as the CBR250R is the costlier one. But lets see..
On paper the specs and features of the Honda CBR150R seems to be quite similar to the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0. With a specs list of a 4 valve, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine, 6 gears, monoshock rear suspension, and a sporty frame both bikes seem neck to neck in terms of performance.
It would take a real world test ride to evaluate how the CBR150R actually feels to ride on the road.
Honda CBR150R Specifications:
Type: 4 stroke, Single Cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled
Displacement: 149.4 cc
Bore x Stroke: 63.5mm x 47.2mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Peak Power: 17.82 Ps @ 10,500 rpm
Peak Torque: 12.66 Nm @ 8,500 rpm
Fuel System: PGM-Fi
Starting: Electric Start Only
Air Filer: Viscous Paper Air Filter
Gears: 6 Speed Manual
Final Transmission: Chain Drive
Clutch: Manual, Wet Multiplate Type
Type: Diamond Type
Front Suspension: Telescopic
Rear Suspension: Monoshock
Front Tyre: 100/80 x 17
Rear Tyre: 130/70 x 17
Front Brake: 276 mm, Disc
Rear Brake: 220 mm, Disc
Wheelbase: 1305 mm
Ground Clearance: 190 mm
Length x Weight x Height: 2,000mm x 825mm x 1,120mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 Ltrs
Kerb Weight: 138 Kgs
Honda CBR150R and the competition in India:
With the CBR150R there is now another addition to the growing "Premium Commuter" list in India. I am expecting the CBR150R to not only take away a slice of the R15 Version 2.0's share but also from it's elder brother the CBR250R..!!
But in terms of a mouth watering combination of pure "on road performance" and a wallet friendly "value for money" proposition, the soon to be launched Pulsar 200NS appears to be a more exciting.. unless of course a "full fairing" and/or "fuel injection" is in the must have list. On the other hand the racy and gloriously naked KTM 200 Duke is also available at the same price as the honda CBR150R.
With such potent competition and top quality options available to the Indian public, the CBR150R might just find the going a tad tough. What do you think?
- Next Gen Pulsar (Pulsar 200NS) unveiled (Specs/Photos) [Jan 2012]
- Honda CBR150R to clash head on with the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 in India soon [Feb 2012]
- Honda unveils the CBR150R at 2012 AutoExpo. To be launched in India soon [Jan 2012]
- Ride Review: KTM 200 Duke [Feb 2012]
- Ride Review: Honda CBR250R [Sep 2011]
- Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 launched and its beautiful..!! [Sep 2011]
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