- Published On: 27 March 2017
- 2 min read
The baby CBR, the CBR 150R sport, has the style quotient of its larger sibling. But is it as capable as some of the other bikes in this segment?
The CBR name tag does not always imply that it’s an out-and-out sports bike. Stare at the bike for a while and it looks more or less like a clone of the 250. It’s got the same Y-shaped headlamp, the layered fairing, the contrasting panels for the tail section and deep set tail lamp. An easy way to tell the difference is its smaller exhaust and matte black alloy wheels. Telling the two apart on the road is easier since the CBR150R’s four-paint schemes are completely different from the 250’s.
From the saddle
The real differences show themselves then minute you climb on board the CBR150R. The bike is slimmer and lighter than its elder sibling and you can feel that out on the road as well. Honda has tuned the suspension to offer just the right balance between ride comfort and positive handling. Unlike the 250, this bike doesn’t feel soft at all when you pick up the pace.
The seating position has a sporty lean forward, it’s not as aggressive as a Yamaha YZF-R15 though, but it’s close enough. The baby Honda turns and handles with a light, confident sure footedness at most speeds. The MRF rubber is grippy and the brakes offer a light, direct feel, which inspires confidence when braking quickly. ABS, however, isn’t offered on the CBR150R at all.
This 138kg motorcycle is powered by a 150cc fuel-injected and liquid-cooled motor. With a 12,000rpm redline, you need to rev the bike quite a bit to tap into the 17.5bhp of power developed by its fuel-injected motor. The mild 12.66Nm of peak torque also comes in at a high 8500rpm making progress on the CBR a bit tame lower in the rev range.
Is it worth the money?
Like the 250R, the 150R isn’t just for the enthusiast, it’s also built to appease everyday commuters as well. Also, its premium price tag of ₹1.34 lakh makes pleading the CBR 150R’s a bit of a tough case.