Recently, Honda’s 150cc sportbike got a much-needed refresh. After the mini Fireblade received styling that is in line with the current crop of racing machines from the Japanese brand, it’s now ready to take on the competition in the lightweight class.
Following the 2021 model year CBR150R’s release in the Philippines with a Honda tri-color livery, Malaysian riders are treated to two new paint jobs: ‘Mat Charcoal Gray Metallic’ and ‘Candy Scintillate Red.’
Considering black and red are two of the most popular fully faired sportbike colors, it only makes sense that Honda adds these options to its entry-level CBR. Both aggressive colors complement the new styling cues, especially in conjunction with the golden inverted fork, air vents on the fairings, and scowling front fascia.
Colors aside, the Malaysian units don’t get anything new. Powering the baby ’Blade is the same 149.2cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor that’s good for around 17.1hp at 9,000rpm and 14.4Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox transmits this power to the rear via a chain final drive.
Both ends of the CBR150R are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes with ABS, and 17-inch wheels. Tubeless tires sized at 100/80 for the front, and 130/70 for the rear provide ample traction for this lightweight sporting machine.
Pricing in the Malaysian market is slightly cheaper than here, with a sticker price of RM12,499 (about P150,500), compared to the PH price of P160,000.
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