The rumoured CB150R does not make it to India.. but what comes in is a CB Dazzler in new clothes
So it looks like the Auto Publications got it wrong. Honda did launch a naked motorcycle today (11 Mar), but instead of the rumoured CB150R what has been unveiled looks to be basically an updated CB Dazzler in new clothes.. with a new name, CB Trigger.
Maybe Honda missed an opportunity here by not calling it the 2013 CB Dazzler
According to Honda, they want to position the CB Trigger between the CB Unicorn and the CBR150R. Isn't that where the CB Dazzler was supposed to be positioned? Looks like the CB Dazzler might be on its way out.
Honda has not revealed the prices of the CB and would be made public when booking opens next month. Deliveries are supposed to begin from May. The CB Trigger will be available in 3 variants.
 CB Trigger Standard features front disc brake,
 CB Trigger Deluxe features front and rear disc brake,
 CB Trigger CBS features front and rear disc brake with Combi Brake System
Engine: 150cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine
Peak Power: 13.81 HP of power at 8500 RPM
Peak Torque: 12.5 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM
Gears: 5 speed (1 down, 4 up)
Tyre Front: 80/100 x 17
Tyre Rear: 110/80 x 17 inch
Kerb Weight: 137 Kgs
Colors: Pearl Siena Red, Meteor Green Metallic and Black.
Ok the rumoured CB150R did not make into India, but that actually is not a bad thing as Honda would have never been able to price it competitively and also the CB150R is not styled to appeal to Indian tastes. About the CB Trigger, the tank scoops/extensions do look unnecessary and contrived, but it certainly looks better compared to the CB Dazzler. Maybe Honda missed an opportunity here by not calling it the 2013 CB Dazzler.
The cuts and creases on the fuel tank of the CB Trigger looks more than inspired from the Yamaha FZ. Honda has put its "CBS: Combi Brake System on the top variant of the CB Trigger (the CBS automatically engages the front brakes when the rear is applied). The speedometer is a modern looking all Digital unit and the tail light features LED's.
Despite it's best efforts, according to me the CB Trigger is still not in the same league as the Beefy Yamaha FZ and the beautifully proportioned "sports classic" the Pulsar 180.
Despite the conservative / boring styling, the CB Unicorn has over the years been accepted as the "Commuter 150 cc motorcycle", with the CBR150R catering to the premium end of the 150 cc spectrum, Honda is again trying to break into the segment dominated by the Yamaha FZ/Pulsar 180. So for the CB Trigger probably we can expect a price around the same league of the Yamaha FZ/Pulsar 180.
But does the CB Trigger have enough to stand against the Yamaha FZ/Pulsar 180..??
- Ride Review: Yamaha FZ [Nov 2010]
- Ride Review: Bajaj Pulsar 180 [Jun 2010]
- Honda to launch CB150R (says media) [Mar 2013]
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