After much anticipation, the 2016 Honda CBR150R was launched in Indonesia by Honda MotoGP Racing Team riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez at the Sentul circuit, Kabupaten Bogor in west Java on February 14. The visuals of the 2016 CBR150R at first glance are strikingly different from the previous-generation CBR150R.

While it carries over the 150 cc single-cylinder engine from the outgoing model, the 2016 CBR150R is markedly different, according to Toshiyuki Inuma, President Director of Honda Indonesia. Some of the listed changes made include a lighter chassis with the liquid-cooled engine positioned to optimise handling and maneuverability.

Honda has also lengthened the swingarm by 13 mm, to improve straight-line stability. The fuel-injected engine is now tilted forward by 40 degrees, possibly in an effort to place more weight forward. With an 11.3 to one compression ratio, the 2016 CBR150R now puts out an official figure of 18.2 hp and 12.6 Nm of torque which goes to the rear wheel via a six-speed transmission.

Cosmetic modifications have also been made to the 2016 CBR150R, with the rear seat cowl now shorter and taller, giving the bike a sporty look. The front fairing is now a little lower, and a digital LCD instrument cluster now fills the cockpit cowl. The headlights are now full LED units, as are the turn signals.

The 2016 Honda CBR150R starts at a base price of 32.5 million rupiah (RM10,178) and the MotoGP edition version will set the buyer back 33.3 million rupiah (RM10,302). There are four colours available – Revolution White, Nitro Black, Racing Red and the MotoGP edition in Repsol livery.