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Honda reveals RS150R at 2017 IRGP

Sport underbone breaks cover with racing-inspired decals

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Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) expands its sporting lineup with the addition of the RS150, launched at the 11th Inside Racing Grand Prix. The new sport bike features a racing-inspired look, along with MotoGP-derived technologies.

The RS150R takes inspiration from both the CB250RR and CBR150RR’s Honda Racing Red design. This gives the underbone an aggressive and racing-inspired look with matching decals.

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Standard features include LED headlights and signal lights, a digital instrument panel, a full-chrome muffler, and clip-on handlebars.

Designed to give total control to the rider, the RS150R features a twin-tube frame that Honda claimed will deliver improved agility by providing a wide steering angle and a narrow handle width. It measures 1941mm long, 699mm wide, 977mm tall and has a relatively short 1275mm wheelbase. Its seat height, on the other hand, measures in at 764mm.

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Telescopic front forks sit at the front while the rear gets a monoshock damper. In addition, both the front and rear wheels have disc brakes.

Powering the RS150R is the familiar 150cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine. It produces 15.6-PS at 9000 rpm and 13.5-Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. It is then connected to a six-speed constant mesh transmission.

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A unique safety feature called Bank Angle Sensor comes as standard on the new RS150R. Derived from Honda’s bigger, more powerful motorcycles, this feature automatically switches off the engine when it detects that the bike is horizontal, such as during an accidental fall. This safety system ensures that the engine is not operating when it cannot be adequately lubricated by oil at such odd angles.

The Honda RS150R is now available at all Honda motorcycle dealers at a retail price of P97,300.

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