Honda Motorcycle has just commenced bookings for the CBR150R, which can be booked at any Honda showroom for Rs. 1000/-. The 2012 Honda CBR150R has been launched with deliveries starting by mid April 2012. The Japanese automaker has just commenced production of the Honda CBR150R at its Indian facility and will position their latest offering against the KTM Duke 200. Honda will be offering two variants of the CBR150R to Indian consumers, one will be the standard variant, which will be available in regular colours, while the other will be the deluxe variant available in the orange-white combo (some what like the Respol Honda racing colours). The Honda CBR150R is priced at Rs. 1.34 lakhs for the standard variant and Rs. 1.35 lakhs for the deluxe variant (prices are on-road, Mumbai), which is significantly more than its nearest competitor, the Yamaha R15 (on-road price Mumbai – Rs. 1.20 lakhs).
Honda is targeting close to 3500 units of the CBR150R every month, which is quite optimistic looking at the pricing of the bike. The Honda CBR150R is powered by a 150cc, DOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, producing 18 PS of peak power at 10,500 RPM and 12.6 Nm of peak torque at 8500 RPM. Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the lower capacity CBR250R sibling uses a mono shock suspension at the rear. The bike features 276mm disc at the front, at 220mm disc at the rear. Could Honda surprise everyone by offering combi-ABS on the CBR150R?
The price seems to be in-line with what we have been hearing for some days now. A Rs. 1.15 lakhs pricing was doing the rounds a few weeks ago, which is in-line with the price we have revealed today. At Rs. 1.15 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the CBR150R will be around Rs. 1.20 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai), resulting in an on-road price of Rs. 1.34 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). But at this price, the only reason why a person would opt for the CBR150R over the R15 Version 2.0 is the relaxed riding position. The Yamaha R15 continues to be more striking as far as looks go, while the performance of both the machines can’t be compared without riding the CBR150R.