Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r – The Ultimate Review

CBR vs R15
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r
CBr 250r vs R15 vs CBR 150r
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r vs CBR 250r


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 .

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( 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 :



r15 vs CBR pictures
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r
                                                           The Honda CBR 150r
Standard 1,23,162 INR
Deluxe 1,22,159 INR
                                                            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.




CBR 150r 2015
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r : CBR
Yamaha R15 2015
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r : R15


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’!


instrument cbr vs r15
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r : Consoles




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


yamaha R15 2015 black
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r : R15
CBR 150r green 14
Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r : CBR




(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)
Tyres 90’80-17/130’70-R17 100’80-17/130’70-17


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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12 thoughts on “Yamaha R15 V2 vs Honda CBR 150r – The Ultimate Review”

  1. This review is totally retarded. When you say the 150R has “less tech” you mention kill switch and pass light absence which isn’t even a “tech”. Infact the 150R’s frame and engine are so good that almost all 150cc segment winners in the last 2 years at Kari aswell as BIC have been won on a 150R because of its high revving DOHC engine and good balanced frame.

    Second of all, the CBR does not command any premium. The engine is imported from Thailand and assembled to the frame here. Not only will DOHC engines be expensive than SOHC to build, they are better performers all around aswell.

    Thirdly, Zigwheels had timed both the R15 and the 150R with a national racer(not sure if it was Sarath Kumar) and the 150R had a lead of over 1.3 seconds on every lap ridden by the same guy back to back.

    1. Hope you have read the entire article instead of just reading the final verdict , considering both the bikes, the CBR does demand a premium 10000 Rs over the R15 and if I may quote from the article “The DOHC engine is better than the SOHC one , however SOHC ones provide better low end torque .
      What I have written in this article is from my personal riding experience over the last 3 months and I’ve always said individual preference may vary.
      Lastly ,the superior power and the DOHC engine does guarantee better Lap time and I don’t see me saying otherwise in any part of the article. Infact I have said that the CBR has better engine.
      Thanks for the comment .
      So If you have ridden both the bikes feel free to list out their advantages and disadvantages here and let our readers know what wrong i have said in the article 😀

  2. i own a cbr 150r racing blood model and have raced (drag race on plane smooth road) with R15 (2times) and apache 200 rtr (1 time). I won the race each time. cbr 150r racing blood is much much better than r15.
    1 50
    2 78
    3 101
    4 120
    TOP SPEED OF CBR 150R – 145KMPH.
    ALSO IT HITS FULL RPM IN 1st,2nd & 3rd gear.

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