Honda’s 150cc performance bikes, the naked CB Trigger and the sporty CBR 150R have both witnessed a slight increase in their power output figures.The CB Trigger now produces a peak power of 14.35 bhp at 8500 rpm compared to its earlier 13.81 bhp. With the introduction of Yamaha and Suzuki’s latest 150cc products, the new and improved FZ FI v2.0 and the sporty Suzuki Gixxer, Honda most certainly do not want to be left lagging behind in the 150cc commuter pack. The Trigger now puts to use a new engine with a bore and stroke of 57.3mm x 57.8mm respectively, rather than the previously used 73mm x 47mm dimensions which has helped it to churn out that extra bit of power. The compression ratio has also been modified to 9.5: 1 compared to the earlier 10.5:1.
The CBR 150R on the other hand now delivers 18.28 bhp of maximum power, roughly a 0.7 bhp increase from its earlier power figure. The main competitor to it is Yamaha’s YZF-R15 which honestly has been leaps and bounds ahead in terms of sales numbers in India. The CBR150R initially produced 17.58 bhp of power but its torque figures were disappointing, standing at a mere 12.66 Nm. It comes as a surprise that Honda hasn’t bothered to increase the engine’s pulling power considering the fact that even the Honda CB Unicorn, a motorcycle in the lower segment offers better torque ratings.
It was only a few days back that the new CBR 150R was launched in Indonesia with major revamps and modifications.The earlier CBR 150R was largely inspired by the VFR series, but the new version stays true to the ‘CBR’ tag. The new model comes fitted with split dual headlights on the front, a new and better looking fairing,a Truss frame for improved riding comfort and maneuverability, new exhaust design and a pro-link suspension unit found in the rear. The power ratings have been decreased to 16.9 bhp but the torque has been marginally increased to 13 Nm. The new CBR150R is touted to be launched in India by next year but HMSI most certainly needs to be price it aggressively in order for it to outdo the Yamaha YZF-R15.