After continuously using the Yamaha R15 V2 and the Honda CBR 150r for almost 3 months now , I’ve decided to put my entire experiance in to words. This is one of the most asked question even now and rightly so . Both the bikes seem to have their own good and bad , making it virtually impossible to point out a clear winner and hence I won’t be doing so . Instead I will try to guide you to choose a bike that best suits you .
( for our readers outside India , Please do skip this article as I may use words like performance,cornering etc while describing the bikes , which may seem awkward or funny to you . You could always read our reviews on the bigger bikes .)
For this comparison I will be using a 2013 model Candy palm Green Honda CBR 150r and a 2014 model Yamaha R15 v2 invincible black. The shoot out was done en-route to Thattekd Bird Sanctuary in the Ernakulum district, Kerala .
So lets look in to the Details :
|The Honda CBR 150r|
|Yamaha R15 V2|
|Raring RedInvincible Black||1,10,003 INR|
|Racing BlueGrid Gold||1,12,924 INR|
*prices may vary depending on the location
From this table it is clear that the CBR 150r demands a premium of almost 10000Rs than the R15. Is this extra money worth it? Continue reading.
LOOKS AND OTHER FEATURES
Though individual preferences do vary , overall the Yamaha R15 looks much more sportier than the CBR 150r . That doesn’t mean the CBR looks bad , however It seems the R15 has stayed true to the ‘Yamaha R’ tag and the resemblance with its bigger sibling, the Yamaha R6 can easily be made out . The CBR 150r is based on the 250r, which is seldom associated with sporty looks . Further the CBR 150r looks more similar to the Honda VFR1200f and hence doesn’t do justice to its ‘CBR’ tag either. May be thats why Honda brought out the new CBR 300r (resembling the fireblade) and is in making of a dual headlamp version of the CBR 150r.
Coming to the the front portion which holds the instrument console , both the bikes have pretty basic consoles and nothing out of the ordinary . However the CBR 150r does lack an Engine kill switch and a pass light , which makes it look ‘primitive’!
|The Honda CBR 150r|
|Power||17.6 Ps @ 10500 rpm|
|Torque||12.66 Nm @ 8500 rpm|
|Yamaha R15 V2|
|Power||17 Ps @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||15 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
Both the bikes are powered by 150cc* Single Cylinder , 4 Stroke Engines . The Bikes are liquid cooled and both have 4 valves. However the CBR 150r has a Double overhead camshaft (DOHC) while the Yamaha R15 v2 has Single Overhead camshaft (SOHC) . The DOHC engine is better than the SOHC , but SOHC ones have better low end torque . The CBR 150r produces slightly better power than the Yamaha R15 , but its maximum power is only reached at 10500rpm , whereas the power of R15 V2 is readily available at 8500rpm . The Yamaha R15 V2 also provide much better Torque of 15 Nm . Both the bikes have six-speed transmission
SAFETY AND SUSPENSION
|(In Order Front/Back)||HONDA CBR 150r||YAMAHA R15|
|SUSPENSION||Telescopic /Monoshock||Telescopic/Linked Monoshock|
|Braking||Single Disc/Single Disc||Single Disk/Single Disk ( Hydraulic)|
Both the bike offer front and rear disc brakes . They both lack ABS however the brakes are sufficient and does their duties well. The R15 V2 features a Deltabox frame which can be said to be best in class in terms of safety and stability. The CBR 150r has a Diamond type frame, which though not the best can still do its job pretty great. The suspension are almost similar and both the bikes feature Telescopic front forks and rear monoshocks .The suspension of the R15 is much more stiffer than that of the CBR .
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