Brilliant Honda 150SS Racer is CB 150R: Launched in Thailand at 99,800 Baht (1.93 Lakh INR)

Honda CB150R launch showcases company’s new design language for its next-generation small capacity street motorcycles…

Honda unveiled a very interesting small motorcycle concept at the last Bangkok International Motor Show – 150SS Racer. They promoted the motorcycle as a neo-cafe racer concept, a brilliant take on how new modern small capacity streetbikes can look and at an event they have officially launched the stunning motorcycle in Thailand.

CB 150R is powered by a new 149 cc 4-valve DOHC engine with PGM-FI and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and the motorcycle weighs only 123 kg. However, it only comes with an 8.5 liter fuel tank.

Honda has already announced that it took them 6 million Baht for R&D (1.16 crores INR) of the motorcycle.

CB 150R Changes & Features

Apart from the new name, here are the changes and some features that have been incorporated in the production motorcycle…

  • Golden coloured chunky 41 mm Showa upside down forks.
  • New less broader rectangular box type swingarm.
  • Split seat continues but the pillion seat has changes.
  • Petal discs in place of round rotors of the concept.
  • Significantly modified rear design with an elongated registration plate holder
  • It has a 150 mm rear tyre (and 110 mm front)
  • Full LCD multifunction meter
  • ABS with G-Sensor
  • Radial Mount with 4 piston callipers
  • 10-spoke alloy wheels

The round headlamp continues with a very similar look and all-LED lamps. The tank design, dummy air scoops and many other bits are also carried forward to the production model.

CB150R was developed and conceptualised by Honda R&D Thailand as a Street Sport Racing concept. Honda is offering the motorcycle in four colours – Millennium Red, Pearl Cadet Grey, Asteroid Black, Mat Green Metallic.

CB 150R Price & Variants

CB 150R 99,800 Baht (1.93 Lakh INR)
CB 150R ABS 1,09,800 Baht (2.12 Lakh INR)
CB 150R Scramble cafe 1,18,400 Baht (2.28 Lakh INR)
CB 150R Street Cafe 1,35,200 Baht (2.61 Lakh INR)

The last two special versions will be limited edition models.

Honda CB150R launch pics

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Honda CB150R Launch in India?

It is too early to talk about this but Honda India does have a huge untapped space in the premium 150cc segment. They have discontinued the CBR 150R in India which leaves Hornet 160R (costs 85k-90k) as the most premium motorcycle in this segment.

150SS Racer launch pic
150SS Racer Concept. Click pic for details

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So, they can easily pit the new CB150R as a naked premium streetfighter (and not a cafe racer) here. But then it will depend on how interested volumes-focused Honda currently is, in this price segment for a motorcycle which is NOT bound to get them a lot of volumes.

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