The Honda CBR 150R was launched in Indonesia. This product was in India during the BS4 emissions norms. When it was made BS4 compliant on the CBR 250R was brought back. Now with the BS6 norms closing can we expect the CBR 150R BS6 in the market?
The launch in Indonesia has triggered that the vehicle is ready for launch in India. There are questions about the launch because the company does has revealed that it has no plans to work on lightweight products for India. The company has an extensive commuter lineup and it plans to make it better by making the BS6 compliant. It has the BS4 compliant CBR 250R but the plans to make it BS6 compliant are yet not out. What we expect is that the CBR 250R might be replaced with the CBR 150R. This will make it a head-on competitor to the Yamaha R15.
The Honda CBR 150R ABS is a bike which sports a 149cc single-cylinder engine. It makes a maximum power of 17bhp and peak torque of 14Nm. These figures are close to the Yamaha R15 and will make it a good competitor. The bike has an aggressive styling and sharp headlight design. It gets a split seat setup and a complete race windscreen. The riders triangle is relaxed and the vehicle has a good seating posture. This makes this bike good for long rider although it looks track focus. This bike because of this comfortable riding posture can take the Yamaha R15 in terms of comfort. Also read: Yamaha XSR155 to complete brands 155cc line-up?
Now this bike when launched in Indonesia had Matte Black, Victory Black Red and Honda Racing Red and the MotoGP Edition. The engine of the bike is a 149cc single-cylinder engine. It has a DOHC layout and this allows it to rev faster. The faster and higher revs of the bike also mean that the cooling systems on the vehicle also have to bee good. The bike in India will have to be oil-cooled or liquid-cooled but there is no confirmation on that. Now because of the BS6 norms, we think that the bike will also have a bigger catalytic converter. Let us know in the comments if you think it will run hotter than the KTM in traffic?
Being a later developed model than the Yamaha R15 this bike will feature a lot of quirky electronic. It will have the feature which activates hazard lights in an emergency braking situation. The ABS on this vehicle might be a single channel unit to save costs. Also, we might see an all-digital unit instrument cluster on the bike which makes the bike look much more modern. We expect this bike to go on sale at Rs 1.5 lakhs. This proves as a good competition to the Yamaha R15 and the other fared bikes in this segment. The launch of this bike is not certain but we will be interested to see good competition in this small premium bikes.