The Japanese motorcycle makers seem to be returning to the concept of UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle). To the uninitiated, UJM was a term used by American motoring scribes back in the 70s due to the rise of similar Japanese standard motorcycle by the Big Four! But why are we talking about this here? Well, a new report from GreatBiker says that Honda is working on a new touring-centric 150 cc product called 'CB150M'.
This news comes days after reports came in of Yamaha working on new entry-level adventure tourer – Yamaha MT-15 Tracer. Honda had earlier showcased the CB125M concept at EICMA 2018 along with the CB125X. The report adds that Honda will be launching a 150 cc version called CB150M in Thailand. Europe will be getting the production version of CB125M based on the neo-cafe racer CB125R.
The Honda CB150M will be based on the Honda CB150R Streetster which in turn originated from the HonddaCBR150R. The upcoming Honda CB150M will use 41 mm upside-down fork up front which promises long travel. Rear suspension will include a monoshock unit with adjustable preload. Besides that, the Honda CB150M will get a wide handlebar positioned high up for a comfortable and commanding riding position.
The report also adds that the development of the bike has inputs from Honda’s Italian R&D team. Also, the 149 cc mill from CBR150R will be a DOHC, liquid-cooled mill. In the faired version, this engine can produce 17.1 PS of power and 14.4 Nm of torque. Mated to this powerplant is a 6-speed gearbox. Putting anchors to the upcoming Honda CB150M will be disc brakes at both ends.
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The production version of the Honda CB150M (and Honda CB125M) will feature a more conventional exhaust canister instead of the SC-Project unit seen on the concept. This will allow Honda to keep production costs under check. Besides that, the slick tyres will be swapped with something more road-centric.
Back home, Honda 2Wheelers India is gearing up to launch the BS-VI version of Honda Activa 125.