It is not a very well known fact that the Honda CBR 150R has been in India since long. Yes, since long.
The reason why you didnt see it on the road is because it was being used exclusively at the Honda One Make championships at the FMSCI National Racing competitions.
What you see on your left is CBR150R from one of the races in year 2011 in India.
Another little known fact is that the CBR150R is manufactured at Thailand by APHonda, a Thai owned, Honda affiliated company and not Honda itself.
The new CBR however has now recieved a face lift and is styled more on the new layered fairing principle. It looks like its elder sibling the CBR250R and has a VFRish headlamp. The chasis(beam frame) however is the same as on the older CBR150R, which is a good thing for the bike got raced in many a races all over asia including Indian National Championships and has passed the test of time with flying colours. Beam frame is also used in most racing superbikes, implying that excellent handling traits are guaranteed on the new bike. The rear set footpegs will ensure sporty riding position at the same time will put pressure on the palms on long rides.
The new CBR150r is said to retail at Rs 115000 for the standard model and Rs 117000 for the deluxe version of the bike
The CBR150R's real competition is the Yamaha YZF R15v2. It would be nice to see how this brand new full-faired performance oriented learner bike from Honda fares agasint R15 from the Yamaha stable. On its face value the CBR trumps the R15v2 in terms of power and offers more friendly pillion seat. The power delivery of the Honda can also be expected to be linear compared to the peaky R15 power delivery...That said,,,its not gonna be any easy game to dethrone the R15 on the track or on the streets in 150cc category. The R15 v2.0 was an epic bike of sorts as we had reviewed it here and its gonna take a lot more than user friendliness to be any real threat to it. Whats very very interesting though is the fact that the CBR150R sports a 130 section rear tyre which is the same as the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Is it to appeal to the fat rear tyre fetish of many in asia or is it really functional ? This and many more questions remain unanswered untill a full fledged review is at hand. We at PTR would surely be laying our hands on this bike for a detailed review and comparo
Colour options :
1)Sporty Red with pearl Sunbeam white
2) Black with pearl sunbeam white
1)Black with Candy Palm Green
2)Vibrant Orange with pearl sunbeam white.
Tech Specs :
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