Taking the best of its know-how in large-displacement motorcycles, A.P. Honda of Thailand has launched the 2017 Honda CB150R ExMotion naked sports bike, with prices starting from 99,800 Thai baht (RM12,847). Trickle down technology into the CB150R from Honda’s bigger bikes include forks taken from the X-ADV adventure scooter, as well as the radial-mount four-piston calliper from the Honda CBR1000RR superbike.

Carrying a 150 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder with four-valves and DOHC, the CB150R’s power plant is Euro 6 compliant, and is fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi. No power figures have been released for the CB150R, but we would think 20 hp or so would not be out of the question.

“The new 150cc engine which has been developed for top riding performance with excitement… the meticulous design of the body that has shifted the center of gravity to be close to the rider, to make the vehicle to be lighter and easier to control,” said Yoichi Mizutani, president of A.P. Honda.

Suspension at the front uses a 41 mm diameter upside-down fork taken from the X-ADV, and is the largest fork to be featured in a sub-250 cc production motorcycle. Standard on the CB150R ExMotion is ABS with G sensor, installed on a four-piston, radial-mount brake calliper clamping a 296 mm diameter floating front disc.

The CB150R comes with an all-new Inner Pivot Type Diamond Frame, designed to move the bike’s centre of gravity closer to the rider, making it easier to control. Also new is a lightweight swingarm developed using cues taken from Honda’s racing efforts.

Complementing the CB150R’s new looks is LED headlights and tail-light, and a fully digital instrument panel, along with an aircraft-style fuel filler cap. There are four colour options – Pearl Cadet Gray, Millennium Red, Matt Laurel Green Metallic, and Asteroid Black Metallic.

Base price for the 2017 Honda CB150R is 99,800 baht (RM12,847) while the ABS version which comes in gray-black and black paint schemes is available at an introductory price of 109,800 baht (RM14,134). In addition, Honda A.P. Thailand will be releasing three limited edition versions of the CB150R.

Available in a limited quantities, these are the Honda CB150R Street Cafe (500 units) at 135,200 baht (RM17,404), the CB150R Scramble Cafe (1000 units) at 118,400 baht (RM15,241) and 500 units of the as yet unpriced CB150R Moriwaki edition which will be released in October. Also available is a range of accessories developed by Japanese motorcycle accessory makers Moriwaki, G’Craft, and Kitaco