The CBr150R Streetfire bike we told you about a couple of weeks back is making it to India in February. The naked version of the CBR150R, the bike shares its engine and all its mechanicals with the faired machine.
Honda, in association with its Indonesian partner Astra Honda Motor unveiled the CB150R Streetfire, at the Jakarta Motorcycle Show. The CB150 Streetfire, was meant only for the Indonesian market initially, but is now confirmed to hit the Indian shores as well. Currently the CBR150R faces stiff competition with the Yamaha R15, which is less expensive, more stylish and a better bike overall. However, with the fairing shown the bin, the cost should come down drastically, giving Honda a fair chance to undercut the R15 on pricing, and claw back some ground in a segment in which is hasn’t succeeded much yet.
As mentioned earlier the CB150R Streetfire is the same bike as the CBR150R – so its powered by the same engine. The 150cc liquid cooled engine produces peak power rated at 17.5 bhp @ 10,500 rpm and peak torque of 12.5 Nm at 8500 rpm. The front fork, rear monoshock and the chassis – everything remains the same, with slight cosmetic alterations and some new stickers stuck on to create a new bike
The new bike, without a shade of doubt, has been created for the Asian market, and we can bet our head on the bike making it to India sooner than later. Dropping the price tag to a sub-1 lakh point would help Honda handle both Pulsar 200NS and the R15. The bike was presented in four colors at the Jakarta Show – Black, White, a KTM-ish Orange with some added accessories and a Honda Tricolor scheme.
Check out the video, which tries to project this little machine faster than it actually is. The bike looks funny when the video is fast forwarded to enhance speed. Do let us know whether you would buy it over the R15 for Rs 10k less