Honda CBR150R vs Yamaha YZF-R15 version 2.0: Comparison
We pit the two hottest 150cc motorcycles in the market today, the Yamaha YZF-R15 version 2.0 against the Honda CBR150R
Drop it like it’s hot!
While the YZF-R15 is perfectly balanced between road and track, the CBR150R outshines it on a race track. The Honda engine’s high-revving power delivery and the frame’s neutral handling helped by well drawn ergonomics not only make it easier to ride, which is paramount for mastering race craft, but also allows the rider to push the envelope in a more confident and approachable manner. After riding both machines on the Kari circuit near Coimbatore and with feedback from professional racers who rode them back to back, it’s the CBR that posted quicker lap times than the R 15, both bikes running stock set-ups. For the large part, the baby CBR’s ability to outrun the R15 comes from its extremely friendly ergonomics which allow the rider to get comfortable and explore the bike’s absolute potential quick time. Meanwhile the R15’s focused approach, razor-sharp handling dynamics and supersport-derived ergonomics mean that the rider needs serious track time before he can fully exploit the Yamaha’s prowess.
Abhishek, who has a race win to his credit at the Kari circuit, was very happy as he was able to pull off cornering capers on the Yamaha. Ravi, who has clocked oodles of touring miles, was instantly at ease astride the Honda, thanks to its rather less track-focused seating posture and road-friendly stance. It’s clear that riders familiar with supersports or race replica machines will have no trouble coming to terms with the YZF-R15 version 2.0, but newbies to corner carving will find the Honda a lot easy to ride and tractable. The experienced Abhishek used the R15’s racing dynamics to a great extent, and Ravi was able to keep pace courtesy the Honda’s compliant chassis set-up. When they swapped bikes, Ravi’s nervous air on the R15 was evident, while Abhishek zoomed off on the baby CBR, and was sporting a mile-wide grin on his return.
End of the sprint
Abhishek’s smile said it all. The easy to ride Honda will enable expert riders to post faster lap times on the race track. That is why the CBR150R scores high marks, in our opinion. Make no mistake, the R15 is no slouch and it runs pretty close with the Honda; in fact, the R15 proves to be more rider-friendly in the city thanks to the torque available lower down the rev range, but its ultra-focused super-sport riding stance is not for any and everyone. But for newbies who are yet to figure out the dynamics of a race pedigree machine and how to handle it around corners, the Honda CBR150R is ideal to get started on.
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