Last-month, we reported that Honda-2-wheelers India is planning to launch the naked version of their full faired CBR150R sportsbike, christened the CB150R. Now the trusted sources close to us have confirmed that the CB150R will hit our streets on March 11, and it is expected to sit in between the Dazzler and the CBR150R.
The CB150R was first seen at the Jakarta Motorcycle show in November-2012, and is purpose built to suit Asian markets. The CB150R will essentially be a naked version of the CBR150R and borrows slight cues from the impressive CB1000R superbike. Although it’s not a fully faired motor-machine, it has its own beauty.
Under the skin, the CB150R houses the same engine as used by the CBR150R, a four-stroke, 149.4cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine that deploys a 6-speed gearbox, but we expect the engine to be retuned slightly for a stronger midrange. Honda has retained the mono-shock rear suspension but the seating position is upright and it has a single seat unlike the split design seen on the CBR150R.
The perimeter frame of the CBR150R has been replaced by a tubular steel diamond frame on the CB150R. It also dumps the full-fairing bunch of plastic parts, which further makes us believe that the CB150R will replace the CB Dazzler in the 150cc segment. And it will be priced under Rs. 1 lakh, so as to directly rival with Bajaj Auto’s show stopper, the Pulsar 200NS and KTM Duke 200.
With this the intention of Honda is clear to introduce a perfect street machine which is absent from the home of Honda in India. Stay tune with bharathautos.com on Monday (11-03-2013) will bring you the exact picture of Honda’s pricing strategy for the Honda CB150R.