Honda CB Trigger: Road Test
The 150cc segment of motorcycles is indeed a difficult one to penetrate mainly because within itself there are three sub-segments – the first one caters to a slightly mature, older customers who focus more on the technology and efficiency of a machine. The second sub-segment comprises premium 150cc motorcycles such as the Honda CBR150R and the Yamaha YZF-R15 that appeal to a much younger and stylish customer; while the last one slots slam bang in between both these categories and it’s this segment that Honda is trying to tap into with the new CB Trigger.
While all manufacturers have tried to grab a piece of the pie in this class of motorcycles, only a few have succeeded. The key, of course, is to build a motorcycle that not only blends contemporary styling with conventional customer demands, but also priced in relative sync with other motorcycles in the 150cc segment. With the CB Trigger, Honda has attempted to do just that after having failed to get the ingredients right with its earlier CB Unicorn Dazzler.
So what exactly does a customer look for in a bike in this segment? As per Honda’s research, motorcycles in this segment should have certain basic traits (more on this discussed later) aside from offering a fine sense of style. So does the new CB Trigger manage to meet all of these customer expectations? Let’s find out...