There certainly is no shortage of models in the affordable performance bike segment in India. At one end, there’s the extremist like the KTM Duke 390 and on the other, there are saner options like the Yamaha R15 and the Honda CBR 150R.
The Honda CBR 150R comes as a younger sibling to the popular CBR 250R. The bike shares a lot of design cues with the latter, however, it differentiates itself with its snazzy two-tone paint scheme.
Powered by a single cylinder, fuel-injected 150cc engine which redlines its way to nearly 12,000rpm, the 150R offers more than enough performance for urban riding. The rev-happy 150cc unit is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and produces around 18hp - slightly more than Yamaha's R15.
Like the more powerful 250R, the CBR 150R is not an absolute sports bike, yet it manages to strike a commendable balance between sportiness and efficiency. On sale for around Rs 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom), the Honda CBR 150R is one of the most impressive entry-level performance bikes one can buy in India.