Text: Inigo S. Roces / Photos: Inigo S. Roces | posted September 16, 2016 08:00
New Honda sport motorcycle shown and tested
Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) painted Bonifacio Global City (BGC) red, with flags waving high and announcing the arrival of its sportiest motorcycle offering yet, the CBR150R.
The new, fully-faired sports bike was unwrapped at the Honda Red Zone event, staged at the parking lot between Rizal Drive and Third Avenue in BGC.
The CBR150R is powered by 150cc, liquid-cooled, 4 stroke, DOHC engine that delivers up to 17 hp at 9,000 rpm and 13.0 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. It’s paired with a six speed manual transmission that delivers power to its rear wheel via a pro-link suspension system. It’s brought to a stop by disc brakes in front and behind.
Riders will be delighted by its electronic starter and fully digital instrument cluster with a gear indicator and blue backlight. Its headlights, tail lights and turn signals employ LED bulbs.
The CBR150R, which will come in red, nitric orange, and black. It will also be offered in Moto GP Repsol livery. Prices are at P150,000 ( black), P152,000 (red) and P155,000 (Repsol livery).
Not content with simply showing off the bike, Honda set up the Red Zone to serve as an inviting atmosphere for Honda customers and to invite potential owners into the Honda lifestyle.
The Red Zone featured booths from Spyder helmets, IRC tires and several other aftermarket brands. Honda’s line-up of Gen S motorcycles and scooters were also on display with a test ride area for walk-in visitors.
Finally, easily the highlight of the Red Zone was the 1-km track set up along Rizal Drive, 28th Street and Third Avenue with straights, slaloms, sweeping turns and humps to showcase the CBR150R’s ride, acceleration, braking and handling qualities. Time trial runs were granted to members of the media, CBR150 club members and later on, the public.