So, here we are, with Honda officially unveiling the 2013 Streetfire CB150R sportsbike for the Indonesian motorcycle market, which is incidentally one of the biggest two wheeler markets after the likes of China and India. The Honda Streetfire CB150R retains the engine and cycle parts of the fully faired CBR150R, which means that is is powered by the same 150cc, DOHC, 4 valve, single cylinder-liquid cooled engine good for 18 Bhp of peak power and 12.5 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Telescopic front forks and the monoshock rear suspension are carried over from the fully faired model. Styling though is the big difference with the front fairing being replaced by a stylish headlamp. The side fairing is dumped for tank scoops on both sides while the frame now becomes an integral part of the styling with a brand new paint job. The motorcycle also sees a new exhaust muffler, that is longer than the CBR150R’s stubby unit, and this adds to some visual appeal to the rear of the Streetfire CB150R. The motorcycle also gets a kick start lever and more relaxed ergonomics in the form of a flatter seat and a single piece handlebar to make for a more upright riding position.
In Indonesia, the Honda Streetfire CB150R will compete with the Yamaha Vixion 150. For now, an Indian launch of this motorcycle remains to be confirmed by Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India. Given that the fully faired Honda CBR150R is overpriced and isn’t really selling well, it would make sense for Honda India to bring in the unfaired model as a lower priced offering. Indian motorcycle enthusiasts who love streetfighter styled bikes would be hoping that Honda launches an unfaired version of the CBR250R as well.
This is something that isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. In the coming months, Honda might do a reprise of the Streetfire CB150R and come up with a 250cc version based on the CBR250R now that a start has been made towards this direction. A well priced naked CB250R, priced about INR 20 thousand lesser than the fully faired model could give the KTM Duke 200 stiff competition in both the Indian as well as international motorcycle markets. What say, Honda?