Honda CBR 150R Review By Team BikeBD
The Honda company is the topmost bike makes in the world. Honda CBR 150R is the latest motorcycle By Honda. Moreoverit holds a special share of market dominance in this part of the world,every veteran biker in Bangladesh knows the quality of its bikes assembled by atlas, be it the normal cd80,cd100 or cd120 or the famous XL the 185cc giant of times. All in all the biking fanatics of Bangladesh know the quality this company maintains.Although the company had lost its footing to the Indian companies such as bajaj or tvs,its real problems were with a company of its own country, The Famous YAMAHA brand.
They are also adept bike makers and have had some sort of success in our local market with old bikes such as the rx100. But recently the bike market has always been under the control of Bajaj with its pulsar bikes and more recently the new line of FZ bikes marketed by yamaha,even to which even bajaj lost its market control. Just so that to show that the biking legend was only bidding their time to counter the other competitors with a worthy and qualityfull competetion the Japanese Legend have brought forth the Honda CBR 150.
Though the sweet eye candy Honda CBR 150r has not reached our shores but the fans have resurged and shown a great deal of devotion to the old horse and have pestered us with requests for a basic review. So here it is. Please enjoy it first only on BikeBD .com.
The Honda CBR150R looks very similar to its elder sibling, the CBR250R. The styling is quite appealing and the bike looks quite big for a 150cc machine. The VFR1200 inspired Y-shaped headlight has black surrounds around the twin pilot lights, while the CBR1000RR inspired fairing adorns graphics, which extend to the tank. These minor changes differentiate it from its elder sibling. Even the tail light of the CBR150R is the same as the CBR250R, which is a non-LED unit. In fact the only difference between the 150R and 250R is the slightly shorter yet differently shaped exhaust and black colored alloy wheels in the 150R. However look closely and you will realize the Honda CBR150R is a more compact motorcycle. The shorter wheelbase gives it a very sporty stance. The front tyres are 100/80-17 and the rear tyres are 130/70-17, which are smaller than the ones found on the CBR250R. The number plate mounting is not at a good position, as the front mudguard hits it when you go over potholed roads. Honda has also given the CBR150R very different colors, which are not available on the CBR250R. These colors have a dual paint scheme, giving the baby CBR a very youthful appearance. The colors are the only difference between Standard and Deluxe variants of the bike.
Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear
The console of the Honda CBR150R and 250R are identical too but there is no silver surround on the baby CBR. Instead of the splash of neon on the 250R’s analog tachometer, the one found on the 150R is all black. The tachometer is numbered till 13,000 RPM, instead of 12,000 RPM on the 250R. The digital display houses an array of data, right from time, odometer, trip meter, fuel meter, speedometer and engine temperature. Below the digital display lies the mode and rest buttons, with hazard and warning lights stacked up on either sides. The cluster is very easy to read but the all black theme looks quite plain and boring. The digital display has an orangeThe switch gear quality is not impressive and comes straight from the CB Stunner. Even the foot pegs come from the Stunner. The head light activation switches are thus placed quite unconventionally on the left side and there is no engine kill switch nor a pass by switch. This is simply not acceptable for a premium 150cc motorcycle. Honda should have lifted the switch gear from the CBR250R instead, which has much better switch gear positioning.
Performance and Gearbox
Powering the Honda CBR150R is a 149.4cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-vavlve engine which is short stroke in nature, resulting in a very different power delivery pattern. Armed with Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) technology, the CBR150R’s fuel delivery is smooth. Maximum power of 17.6 BHP comes in at a rather high 10,500 RPM, while peak torque of just 12.66 Nm comes at 8500 RPM. Clearly these figures don’t make you sit up and take notice but once on the road, things are quite different.While the Honda CBR150R might not have a lot of torque, the bike weighs just 138 kgs, which gives it a very good power to weight ratio. However even with such a good power to weight ratio, the CBR150R produces torque very high up the revv range, making progress very slow in city riding conditions. Thankfully the Honda motor loves revving and one twist of the throttle and the CBR150R rushes to the redline with complete authority. The bike really starts moving once you hit 8000 RPM and quickly hits its redline at around 11700 RPM.
The top end power results in the CBR150R doing 0 – 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds. It also pulls from there very quickly and doesn’t feel out of breath till 130 km/h.The 6-speed gearbox is smooth and slots into every gear sharply. The clutch is light too and the 150cc motor feels slightly gruff at idle. However as speed increases, the engine settles down and feels refined like every other Honda engine. It does sound vocal near its redline though. One can expect the CBR150R to deliver a mileage of around 35-40 km/l, which gives it a range of around 500 kms on a full tank of fuel.
Ride, Handling and Braking
Armed with a perimeter frame, the CBR150R has a fantastic balance of ride and handling. Ride quality is not too soft but neither too stiff, absorbing most of the bumps on the roads with ease. However it is the handling which is simply astounding. One can quickly change direction on the Honda CBR150R and that too with utmost precision.
The seat is comfortable and the riding position makes you crouch slightly. But still there is absolutely no pressure on your wrists or back, thereby enabling the rider to stay on the saddle for longer durations. The light weight of the bike also helps in this regard. High speed stability is spot on too and you simply won’t realize how fast you are going. The front and rear disc setup gives the CBR150R very good braking performance along with tremendous feedback.
The CBR150R is a totally different motorcycle than the CBR250R in almost every way. There are some rough edges and the pricing is on the higher side as well (compared to its arch rival the Yamaha R15). However when you factor in the riding dynamics of this Honda, you are totally blown away. It might seem expensive but the joy of riding at high revvs is totally unparallelled and that is where the Honda CBR150R Specifications
* Engine: 149.4cc, Liquid Cooled, 4-valve, DOHC, 4-stroke engine
* Power: 17.57 BHP @ 10,500 RPM
* Torque: 12.66 Nm @ 8500 RPM
* Transmission: 6 -speed manual
* Top Speed: 134 km/h
* 0-100kmph: 11.95 seconds
* Fuel Consumption: 35-40 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame Type: Twin Tube Diamond
* Suspension: Telescopic Fork (Front), Monoshock (Rear)
* Tyres: 100/80/17 (Front), 130/70/17 (Back)
* Brakes: 276 mm disc (Front), 220 mm disc (Back)
* Ignition: Digital ECU based
* Battery: 12 V- 6 Ah/ Maintenance Free
* Headlamp: 12 V 60/55W H4
Honda CBR150R Dimensions
* Length X Width X Height: 2000 mm X 825 mm X 1120 mm
* Wheelbase: 1305 mm
* Ground Clearance: 190 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 13-litres
* Kerb weight: 138 kgs
So hope Honda CBR 150R nearly heading the Bangladesh Motorcycle Market.