Just as we were wondering what the new Honda CBR 150R will hold in store, PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM), Honda’s Indonesian motorcycle division has launched the updated version of the bike. While the bike may have earned some major brownie points in terms of looks, thanks to the much needed refreshment in design, the mechanical upgrade, or should we say mechanical confusion, negate all of that.
Yes, though the CBR150R now incorporates many styling features from its elder sibling, the CBR300R, like the fairing design and twin eyed head lamps layout, it fails to earn anything from it on the performance front. In fact it even sees a drop in power but does get a marginal (and much needed) gain in torque.
While the previous generation model produced 17.8PS of power at 10500rpm, the newer model churns out 17.1PS of power at the same rpm. The torque figure is now pegged at 13Nm which peaks at 7500rpm. The difference in torque may not seem significant but the good part is that it peaks a good 1000rpm quicker.
The gain in terms of torque peaking out at lower rpm is completely lost as the bike gains some significant weight. It’s kerb weight is now 143kg as compared to 138kg of the older CBR 150R…thats 5 kgs of extra flab!
The bike has also changed in terms of dimensions. It measures 1,995mm in length, 711mm in width and 1,117mm in terms of overall height. These figures were at 2,000mm, 825mm and 1,120mm respectively in the previous version. The wheelbase also gets reduced from 1,305mm to 1,296mm. The ground clearance is surprisingly reduced to 160mm from 190mm. The fuel tank has increased slightly to include 200ml of more fuel, topping up at 13.2L.
However, please note that these comparisons are against the Indian spec CBR150R which is on sale here.
New CBR150R Color Options:
The new 2015 CBR 150R is available in three colours:
- Champion Red
- Honda Three Colour
- Speedy Black
The special Repsol Edition is also available.
New CBR150R Price:
The standard version of the bike has been priced at Indonesian Rupiah 28.5 million (~Rs 1.46 lakhs) while the Repsol Honda Special Edition has a price tag of Indonesian Rupiah 29.1 million (Rs 1.49 lakhs). Next, we await this baby Honda’s Indian entry….