The Jakarta Motorcycle Show was witness to the unveiling of the 2013 Honda CB150R Streetfire
Is Honda’s (HMSI) thinking of bringing the Streetfire in India? Could this bike replace the existing CB Dazzler in the near future? We have to admit that it sure looks like an interesting option.
Unlike the premium Honda CBR150R available in India, CB150R Streetfire seems to have been built for a price. It has streetfighter styling, and the sporty nature is embellished by a new and good looking trellis frame. Like most other 150-cc bikes from Honda, this one also features telescopic front forks, monoshock rear suspension, cast wheels, and a belly pan.
The small single cylinder hints at a 150cc engine, which is oil-cooled to meet strict emission norms, and also sports Honda’s celebrated PGMI fuel ignition (FI) system. The Indian version could shed the FI and oil-cooled systems to make it more cost effective. The Streetfire uses an exhaust similar to the ones on CB Dazzler and interestingly has a kick-starter lever as well. The low seat and a new handlebar would offer an upright riding stance, ideal for city commute.
Indonesia is a price-sensitive market like India, and the CB150R Streetfire will be competitively priced giving it huge potential in Asian markets, if the dominance of small capacity bikes is an indicator.
Picture Courtesy: Jakarta Motorcycle Show 2012