KTM made a big entrance on the small-displacement streetbike segment in 2011 with its 125 Duke and in 2012, the 200 Duke. Both models were popular sellers in Europe while the 200 had a successful launch in India, home of one of KTM‘s largest owners, Bajaj. North American consumers were left out however, as neither […]
2013 Honda CB150R Streetfire Unveiled in Indonesia
Honda‘s Indonesian affiliate Astra Honda Motor unveiled a new CB150R Streetfire at the Jakarta Motorcycle Show. At this point, the Streetfire is only destined for the Indonesia market as the naked version of the Honda CBR150R (which itself a smaller version of the CBR250R), but it does give us an idea of what a potential CB250R would look like, if Honda decides to produce one.
The Honda CB150R Streetfire is powered by the 150cc liquid-cooled engine as the CBR150R. Honda claims an output of 17.6 hp at 10,500 rpm and 9.3 ft-lb. at 8500 rpm from the CBR150R, and the CB150R will likely have similar numbers.
While the CBR150R sports a large fairing, the CB150R exposes its engine and twin spar diamond trellis frame. The suspension is also the same as with the CBR150R, featuring a telescopic fork and rear linked suspension.
Don’t expect to see the CB150R Streetfire in North America however. It’s designed for the Asian market as a naked option to the CBR150R, while U.S. consumers will probably not be interested in anything smaller than the CBR250R. Putting the quarter-liter engine into the same chassis to make a CB250R might be a different story however, though it’s unlikely we’ll see that any time soon, with Honda expected to unveil its new CB500R, CBR500 and CB500X in a couple of weeks at the 2012 EICMA show.
Honda presented four versions of the CB150R at Jakarta, a black version, a white version, a Honda tricolor version and an orange version loaded with add-on accessories.
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