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Hi Guys, this is Naveen from Chennai. Like all of you, I am also a great fan of bikes. I like faired bikes than naked ones. I’m here to share my riding experiences of my baby blade CBR 150R, It’s been with me for nearly 5 months now. This is my 1st ownership review. I may be a pretty bad writer, so kindly bear with me.

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I started bike riding at my age of 18, my first bike riding started with Bajaj Discover 125, it was a good bike for daily commuting…

My First Bike

After getting a job with handsome earnings, I decided to buy a bike for me. I was not much aware of bike technicals that time. I started searching on Google and thanks to BikeAdvice & team, which helped me in learning a lot about bikes. After searching a lot, I decided to go for a 125cc and my choices were Stunner (from Honda) & SS125 (from Yamaha). I found more features in Stunner than its rival. It has semi fairing, split seats & tubeless tyres. I had two options to choose, FI (not available now) and carb version. But not much of a difference on technical figures over a premium of 6k…finally I ended up with carb version.

Stunner was a good bike, it can reach 0-60 Kph in 5.3 secs and has a top speed of 115 Kph. But vibrations after 70 Kph are annoying. After riding 8000 kms in 18 months of ownership, I decided to go for a performance motorcycle…

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How I Choose the Baby Blade..?

When I decided to go for a performance motorcycle, I had three options… Duke 200, R15 V2 & CBR 150R. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a diehard fan of full faired sports bikes. So there was no way considering the Duke. Otherwise Duke 200 is a great bike, a good combo of performance, handling & comfort.

I heard that KTM is working on RC series of full faired motorcycles, But budget was a constraint for me, moreover RC series have an influence of their super sports RC8 motorcycle, so I doubt about the riding posture.  And at last I have to wait for some more time.

So excluding KTM’s Duke & RC series, I started comparing the remaining two. R15 V2 is a more track oriented bike. It has great styling, handling & performance. But again it’s aggressive riding posture was an issue for me. I like the relaxed riding posture of CBR, that’s why people call CBR as a perfect sports tourer. I know that R15 is more VFM than CBR, but considering riding posture and high positioned pillion seat, I ended up with baby blade.

I booked vibrant orange on 15th of July. I was given one week waiting period for my baby delivery…

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My Baby Blade Delivery

It was a wonderful day for me. I reached showroom, finished official procedure’s and collected all papers. Finally got the keys of my baby. As the showroom person was instructing me about the run-in, but I was looking at my gorgeous baby. After all that, I started the engine and raised the throttle, it sounds amazing. Still now someone asks me about the price and mileage of bike. Owning a sports bike gives a great feeling, proud to be a ceeberian…

Run-In Period

The worst scenario like every biker. As instructed, I used to ride at 5000-7000 rpm (60-75 Kph) up to first 1000 kms. It was really hard to keep the throttle at that limit on open highways…

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Maintenance

CBR150R doesn’t need any special care. But some general maintenance is needed like other bikes. I service it as instructed in the manual. Clocked 3800kms and two services completed, engine oil & oil filter changed in second service, Since it has got an open chain, it needs cleaning and lubing after every 500 kms.

I use to clean and lube whenever I hear any chain noise mildly even if I haven’t covered many kms. I use Tribocor Chain Clean & lube. A well maintained chain will last long. I also frequently check for chain slackness and set it to right slackness as suggested…

Performance & Engine

Being a high revving engine, it performs well after 7k rpm. Because of low torque, it lags to compete with its rival below that. It has Honda’s patented PGMFI, engine has no vibes even at higher rpm’s. But there are little vibes from visor and RVM’s. The 6 speed gearbox is smooth and does its job pretty well. Being a sports bike it never regrets to perform, I have reached a top whack of 130 Kph at 11500 rpm, still there is some enough throttle to go further…

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Look & Feel

CBR 150R is similar to that of CBR 250R in styling. It looks more like a VFR, but the high rev engine strongly has a CBR character in it. The multi layered fairings, Y-shaped headlamp, short stubby exhaust all makes the bike a unique look. But the painting of frame doesn’t look well, matt finish could be better instead of glossy…

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Comfort, Handling & Braking

CBR 150R has a perfect riding posture, a good combo of sports as well as tourer motorcycle. The bike is rock solid on straights, but cornering doesn’t give much confidence because of its hard compound tires.

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 CBR 150R comes with 100 mm front & 130mm rear MRF Zapper Q tires as stock. It sticks well on dry surfaces but doesn’t give much confidence on wet & muddy roads. Soft compound tires can do better than stock.

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 The Nissin brakes does it job very well. The response is good and sharp, but it lacks ABS (at least as an option as like 250R)…
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Accessories & Features

CBR 150R comes with a basic tool kit of two spanners and a screwdriver. It comes with an analogue tachometer & a digital speedometer which gives all basic information like fuel level, odometer and temperature & turn signal indicators…

Mileage

Well my baby is not a pocket burner, it returns 35-40 Kmpl on mixed riding conditions. I got 45 Kmpl on highway, that’s pretty good for a sports tourer…

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Pros:

  • High revving refined engine
  • Razor sharp brakes
  • Shorter exhaust pipe
  • Comfortable riding posture/usable pillion seat

Cons:

  • Sluggish performance at lower rpm
  • Lacks ABS
  • Poor switch gear & foot pegs

The bike is in proper stock condition now, but I would like to do some mods in near future. I have a plan to install LED pilot lamps, which look cool & more powerful too and instead of stock MRF Zappers, I will switch to Michelin pilot street radial tires…

Verdict

CBR-150R-Pic-Review (2)In simple, CBR 150R is a perfect sports tourer, a bike which gives great feeling every moment…I hope my experiences may help others to make right choices, I thank BikeAdvice & team for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to my fellow friend Rajesh selvamani for some nice snaps. Thanks for reading…

Ride Safe…Happy Riding…

Technical Specs

  • Engine
  • Type                      Liquid Cooled, Single cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves
  • Displacement        149.4cc                                                                                                            Bore/stroke           63.5mm x 47.2mm
  • Power                   17.6bhp @ 10500rpm
  • Torque                  12.7 Nm @ 8500rpm
  • Transmission         6-speed Manual Gearbox (1 down, 5 up)
  • Clutch                     Constant Mesh-Wet sump
  • Chassis & Body
  • Weight                    138kg
  • Wheels                   17inch alloys
  • Tires                       100/80-17 (F), 130/70-17 (R)
  • Suspension
  • Front                       Tube type telescopic forks
  • Rear                        Tube type monoshock
  • Brakes                     276mm (F), 220mm (R)
  • Fuel Tank                 13-litres

Thanks,

Naveen

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19 COMMENTS

    • I’ll help you Jaya, R15 will beat CBR in terms of dynamics and performance within 8000 RPM range, since R15 has greater torque. CBR would beat R15 only beyond 8000 RPM since CBR is slightly over-powered than R15 which peaks only at higher RPM. So within the city limits and highways, R15 will surely outperform CBR. But R15 is designed with race track in mind. Because its more forward biased seating position and rear seat are a set back for people looking for touring machines. R15 Produces lot of comfort problems.

  1. @Jaya Wardhanaaa…R15’s power delivery & handling characteristics may differ with cbr 150r… but both false in same segment..
    haven’t you seen any comparison of these two machines..?

  2. @ Mari..thanks..bro..250r non-abs/abs-repsol costs 1.8/2.1 lakhs (approx.)
    150r dlx costs 1.39 lakhs, std version will be 1k lesser…

  3. I dont understand why people try to justify their wrong selection, like in this case bro – u ruled out KTM for price and R15 for riding position.
    In a way u compelled urself to go for bad option.
    Had u compromised, with any of the two – u would had a broader grin on ur face.

    Do compromise with a few if an buts, but not with a poor machine. CBR sucks ! u will get to know after 25,000 kms.

  4. @ Mukesh…I will explain u that. Why I choose CBR over R15 & D200…

    CBR Vs R15 V2:

    – R15 V2 is track machine, not for touring/long riding (I use to commute frequently to my office, which is 35 kms dist. from home)
    – Not comfortable for pillion (Short & High mounted Seat & no grab rails, if ur pillion is a super model, it won’t be difficult)
    – V2 geometry is changed, [compared to V1] (i.e. now more weight is on front, u will feel some pain in ur palms in slow moving traffic)

    In the case of KTM, D200 also has some problems. Stiffer/Short pillion seats, engine overheat issue & finally the smaller fuel tank…) & moreover D200 doesn’t impress me more (this may be b’coz of its naked Styling)
    This gives me a clear point, CBR doesn’t has the above said problems, of course riding in city is painful, but now I use to it…
    CBR met my requirements….then how can it be a wrong choice…how u say that CBR is a poor machine, u have a doubt in its engine life..? See bro it’s from Honda. they are well known for their reliable engines. many of my friends have CBR 150r/250r ridden for more than 20k kms…I haven’t heard any major issues. May be some cheap quality plastics & spares will be a problem, Honda should work on that…

  5. Hi naveen I am pavan,I bought CBR same as u just few days ago.I rode my bike 600kms till now.I am getting palm and shoulder pain.looking for handle raisers.could u help me.

  6. @ pavan..if you are new to sport riding..this will be an issue..u will use to it (cbr150r is not so sporty as like r15..i mean the riding posture)..but there is also a complain about the handle which causes shoulder pain( bend in rh side i think so..not sure..)if u’ve same observation do check with asc..and no idea about handle raisers..will check it out and feedback you…

  7. hi naveen,even i am from chennai.you are always saying that this bike is a sports tourer.my doubt is that wont it be good to ride in chennai city traffic??will it be boring?i wont be using it in highways.mostly i will be riding within city.i’m planning to buy one nxt month..is cbr 150 worth buying??pls do help me considering the fact that im gonna use it within city traffic!also suggest me one.R15 ruled out of my option becoz the same reason as yours.my another doubt is that P200 NS still better one than cbr 150??Is cbr150 worth buying 30k premium more than P200 NS??
    Waiting for your reply bro

  8. Hi..Ajay., riding CBR150R in city will be painful..but u will use to it ( u’ve to shift gears frequently in slow traffics)..CBR150R is not at all a VFM bike..no machine is 100% perfect..cbr also has some problem not with performance but with quality of parts..my cbr is almost one year old..clocked 7500 kms..usually ride it on highways..no issue so far..i’m happy with my babyblade…and P200NS is also good bike..my friend owns one..he bought that from first batch..initially he has some coolant leak problem..but it has been rectified now..my suggestion is choose your machine with your requirements..dont compromise with looks & other aspects..
    adv. congrats…ride hard..ride safe…

  9. Hi naveen. I am a college student. I hav to ride 8 kms per day in highway to go college. In weekend i hav to travel my native place for 40 kms mostly in village roads. I am 5’10 feet tall. Is this more pains in ur wrist. This bike will suit me???

  10. @dinesh I can help u bro as I also have CBR 150r. I would say your height is perfect for cbr, in R15 you’ll feel cramped. I’m also 5’10”.
    Your needs are highway n long rides where the cbr shines. So go for it. Wrist will hurt only for first 2-3 long trips. After that, you’ll get used to it 🙂

  11. i usually drive at an average of 60 kmph. is it economic at that speed range?( since it has 6 gears)
    then what milage will i get at 60kmph?

  12. hey bro 🙂 .. do u have any problem with the front Number plate ? … its little down to the mud guard na ? … Is the plate touching while braking harder ???

  13. Pls help me to choose good bike among Honda CBR150 or Yamaha R15 v2 S. I am in big

    confusion to choose good bike for me. I am really looking for very good bike on

    performance level. I am 6ft height. Currently I am owning Honda CB Shine 125. My Need is

    1. Daily usage – Office travel – 60 KM per day
    2. Comfort riding
    3. Usually takes long trip to native home – 250 KM
    4. Used to go for long drive trip with friends – like ooty, coorg
    5. Expecting good performance
    6. Good looking
    7. Should have good features

    Please help me friend

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