Word around the internet suggests that Honda has lined up its new naked streetfighter, the CB150R, for launch on March 11th. Unveiled at the Indonesian Motorcycle Expo in late-2012, the CB150R is the naked version of the CBR150R, made primarily for sale in the South-East Asian markets.
Like its faired sibling, the CB150R is powered by a liquid-cooled four-valve 149cc single cylinder engine that employs Honda’s proprietary PGM-Fi fuel injection technology, outputting 16.8 bhp @ 10000rpm and 13.3 Nm torque at 8000rpm, albeit with a more street-oriented riding position. The bike comes with features such as front and rear disc brakes and a monoshock rear suspension. Expect the CB150R to offer slightly quicker acceleration thanks to the reduced weight over the CBR150R, while offering similar handling dynamics as it retains the same suspension geometry and components.
It is interesting to note that at the time of its launch, the CB150R would be the first naked bike in the 150cc-category to employ DOHC, four-valves and liquid-cooling and to produce over 16bhp. Expect it to be priced at around Rs 90,000 bracket, as the CB150R will be positioned a notch below the CBR150R, aimed at youth and enthusiasts looking for a premium street bike.