Our Honda CB150R Streetster vs Yamaha MT-15 vs KTM Duke 125 comparison will give you a clear idea of who’s ahead of one another on paper
Honda has unveiled the CB150R Streetster in Thailand recently. Basically, this is the same CB150R with a new paint scheme and graphics. The motorcycle shares some parts with the CB300R and there is a fair chance that Honda might introduce this motorcycle in India soon.
The CB150R Streetster will rival directly against the likes of the Yamaha MT-15 and the KTM Duke 125 when it finally launches here in India. That said, we have compared the three naked streetfighters against each other on the basis of their styling, engine, brakes and suspension.
Honda CB150R Vs Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 Styling Comparison
Like we already mentioned above the CB150R Streetster is basically the CB150R with new paint scheme and graphics. The motorcycle features a round shaped full LED headlamp setup, fully digital instrument cluster a chiselled fuel tank which gets painted especially with new and attractive colour options (including white red and black) and a contrasting line that runs across it.
There is also the number 150 sticker positioned just below the pillion seat panel. There are no other changes made to the motorcycle though. Just like the bigger CB1000R and the CB300R the CB150R too continues with the Neo-retro theme. Yamaha launched the MT-15 in India recently.
The motorcycle is based on the fully faired YZF-R15 V3.0 sportsbike and shares most of its hardware as well with the former motorcycle. The MT-15 gets a bi-functional LED headlamp which looks quite aggressive. The motorcycle also borrows the instrument cluster from the R15 as well. Fortunately, the MT-15 gets a different set of straight handlebars which will help in easy manoeuvring of the motorcycle.
The KTM Duke 125 on the other hand, is the cheapest Duke offering which shares all the hardware with the Duke 200 except the engine. The motorcycle looks identical to the Duke 200 apart from the new stickers.
Honda CB150R Vs Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 Engine Comparison
The Honda CB150R Streetster is powered by the same 149cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which also powers the standard CBR 150R as well. Although Honda hasn’t revealed the exact power figures yet, expect the motorcycle to make around 19 Ps of peak power and 15-16 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
The Yamaha MT-15 like you all already know by now uses the same 155cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder SOHC engine with Variable Valve Actuation System and slipper clutch. The unit is capable of producing about 19 Bhp of peak power and 14.7 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox as well.
The least powerful motorcycle of the trio is the KTM Duke 125. The Duke 125 is powered by a 124.7 cc single-cylinder motor which produces about 14.3 bhp of peak power at 9,250 rpm and peak torque of 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
|Honda CB150R||Yamaha MT-15||KTM Duke 125|
|DOHC, liquid cooled, single cylinder||liquid cooled, single cylinder SOHC||Single cylinder liquid cooled|
|Engine – 149 cc||155 cc||124.7 cc|
|Power – 19 bhp||19 bhp||14.3 bhp|
|Torque – 15 Nm (approx)||14.7 Nm||12 Nm|
|Transmission – 6-speed||6-speed||6-Speed|
Honda CB150R Vs Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 Brakes and Suspension Comparison
The CB150R Streetster borrows the same braking setup from the CB300R. It uses a 296 mm disc brake towards the front and a 220 mm disc brake towards the rear. A dual channel ABS comes as standard. The motorcycle also uses a 41 mm USD fork at the front and a monoshock setup towards the rear.
The Yamaha MT-15 rely on a 282 mm front disc brake and a 220 mm rear disc brake for stopping. Unfortunately, the MT-15 gets a single channel ABS as standard. The Indian spec motorcycle has been fitted with a conventional twin fork and a monoshock setup at the rear.
The Duke 125 borrows its braking hardware from the Duke 200. The motorcycle uses the biggest 300 mm disc at the front and 230 mm disc at the rear. The entry-level Duke 125 benefits from a single channel ABS system. The motorcycle uses a 43 mm upside down forks and a 10 step adjustable monoshock at the rear.
Honda CB150R Vs Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 Price Comparison
The Honda CB150R Streetster is not launched in India yet but if it does launch here it is expected to be priced around Rs 1.50 Lakh (ex-showroom). The Yamaha MT-15 is priced at around Rs 1.36 Lakh (ex-showroom). The KTM Duke 125 is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda CB150R Vs Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM Duke 125 Comparison Verdict
The Honda CB150R Streetster will be the ideal rival of the Yamaha MT-15 in India. It gets plenty of modern features that you generally expect from a premium 150cc motorcycle. The CB150R Streetster gets a dual channel ABS system as standard, full LED headlamp, and a fully digital instrument cluster. For those who are looking for an alternative to the Duke 125 or the MT-15 can definitely get their hands on the upcoming CB150R Streetster if it gets launched in the near future.