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Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 vs 2021 Honda CBR150R: Spec Comparison

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  • Sep 27, 2021
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How would the R15 V4 fare if Honda were to bring in the 2021 CBR150R to India?

 

It’s a question lingering on every enthusiast's mind, when will Honda bring the sporty 2021 CBR150R to India? Honda currently doesn’t have a fully faired entry-level bike in India, and bringing in the CBR150R would put it in a better position to take on Yamaha’s recently introduced R15 V4. Yes it’s expensive, but so is every other bike of this calibre. So if Honda were to offer its entry-level supersport in India, how would it fare against the fourth-gen R15, at least on paper?

 

Engine and Performance

Specifications

Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 4.0

2021 Honda CBR150R

Engine

155cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve

149.16cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve

Power

18.4PS @ 10000rpm

17.1PS @ 9000rpm

Torque

14.2Nm @ 7500rpm

14.4Nm @ 7000rpm

Gearbox

6-speed + slipper clutch

6-speed + slipper clutch

Looking at the spec sheet, the CBR150R packs a slightly smaller 149.16cc motor compared to the R15. However, the power deficit is a meagre  1.3PS. Moreover, the CBR makes a bit more torque lower down the rev range. And when you factor in the CBR’s 3kg weight advantage, the performance gap seems trivial. 

We believe the CBR150R may be able to get off the line faster since it weighs less and makes most of its power lower down the rev range. However, the R15 with its VVA-equipped engine and linear power delivery may soon catch up and outrun the Honda. 

 

Underpinnings 

Specifications

Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 4.0

2021 Honda CBR150R

Frame

Deltabox

Diamond type

Front suspension

USD Fork

USD Fork

Rear suspension

Monoshock

Monoshock

Front brake

282mm disc

Petal disc brake

Rear brake

220mm disc

Petal disc brake

Front tyre

100/80-17

100/80-17

Rear tyre

140/70-R17

130/70-17

Both bikes are pretty similarly equipped. The difference, so to speak, is down to the frame, swingarm and tyres. The R15 features more premium equipment featuring a deltabox frame, an aluminium swingarm and a fatter radial rear tyre. Both bikes also get dual-channel ABS, though the CBR only gets it on the top-spec models.

 

Dimensions 

Specifications

Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 4.0

2021 Honda CBR150R

Wheelbase

1325mm

1310mm

Ground clearance

170mm

160mm

Fuel tank capacity

11-litres

12-Liter

Seat height

815mm

782mm

Kerb weight

142kg

139kg

The R15 V4 may be the better equipped bike, but the CBR150R is the lighter one here. It also features a shorter wheelbase and a slimmer rear tyre which could make it livelier in the corners. Not to mention, the lower seat height makes it more accessible for shorter riders. You also have a slightly larger fuel tank which will mean fewer fuel stops compared to the R15. And if you consider the CBR's lower kerb weight, you might find it easier to move around in the parking lot too!

The ground clearance, however, is less, so you might have to be more careful while going over those tall speed breakers or crater-sized potholes. 

 

Features

Features

Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 4.0

2021 Honda CBR150R

Digital Console

Yes

Yes

Display modes

Yes

No

Navigation

No

No

Traction Control

Yes

No

Quickshifter

Yes

No

Navigation

Yes

No

Caller ID/SMS, Email alert

Yes

No

Last Parking Location

Yes

No

Gear-position indicator

Yes

Yes

Real-time mileage

Yes

NA

Average fuel efficiency

Yes

NA

Distance-to-empty

Yes

NA

Side-stand engine cut-off

Yes

NA

LED headlamp

Yes

Yes

There’s no two ways to it, the R15 V4 packs more features than the CBR150R. It offers a lot more for the asking price. You have a number of segment-first features including traction control and a quickshifter which are usually only seen on big bikes. Yamaha even went a step further to offer a range of premium accessories for the R15. You can check them out here. 

 

Price & Verdict

Model

Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 4.0

2021 Honda CBR150R

R15 Metallic Red

Rs 1,67,800

Rp. 40,180,000 (Rs 2.07 lakh)

R15 Dark Knight

Rs 1,68,800

 

R15 Racing Blue

Rs 1,72,800

 

R15M

Rs 1,77,800

 

R15 Monster Energy

Rs 1,79,800

 

Ex-showroom prices*

So if Honda wishes to compete in the same segment, it would have to manufacture the 2021 CBR150R in India to bring down costs. As is the current scenario, the R15 V4 has the CBR beat in every possible aspect. So pricing the bike more competitively is the only way Honda could come out on top.

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