It might be the smaller than the CBR 250R in size, engine capacity, price and positioning, but one thing is forsure—the CBR 150R certainly has a better exhaust note, particularly at idle. In terms of looks though, these are almost identical.
However, the 150R isn’t here as an alternative to the latter at a lesser price; it is here specifically to take on the Yamaha R15 and the KTM Duke 200. Being a clone of the bigger CBR, it does tick the right boxes in terms of visual appeal, so much so that its full fairing, chunky tyres and overall mass leads you to believe this one must be displacing more ccs than just 150.
Once you mount the motorcycle though, it’s instantly clear that the 150R is smaller and narrower than the 250R in dimensions, but still larger than say the Duke. The look and feel though is identical to the larger CBR — the clocks, the tank shape and even the riding position is similar. The quality though is better, even though we were disappointed by the choice of switchgear which is more like what you get on cheaper, more commuter-centric Honda bikes.
To really appreciate the 150R, however, one must ride it. The seating ergonomics isn't intense; it's still sporty, but one sits more upright asking less from the back and the rearsets positioning don’t threaten to tear your calf muscles either. Moreover, the seats aren’t overtly hard and the handlebar is anything but a stretch to reach; if at all, it’s just a tad narrow.