Honda CBR is on its way back to the Indian market. The bike was discontinued in the year 2017 and now after the hiatus of almost 5 years, the moniker is all-set to stage a comeback. Globally CBR is already on sale in different markets and can be easily counted among the most popular models of Honda with a special appeal among the young riders. Once launched in Indian market, Honda CBR will be squarely pitted against the Yamaha R15 V4. In this specification comparison review, we are going to find out which one of these you should pick as your next two-wheeler.
Engine, Chassis, and Gearbox
There is not much difference when it comes to the engine specifications and output performance. Yamaha R15 produces 18.4 PS along with 14.1 Nm of torque while CBR pushes out 17.13PS and 14.4Nm. The important difference is the use of a double overhead cam in Honda CBR whereas the Yamaha R15 uses a single overhead cam. The gearbox of both bikes, however, uses a 6-speed ratio with assist and slipper clutch technology.
Chassis, Suspension and Braking System
Honda has used a Diamond frame to construct CBR while Yamaha has gone ahead with delta box frame for underpinning R15. The front suspension is inverted forks in both bikes while monoshock is standard at the rear of both Honda and Yamaha. Yamaha R15 uses a bit wider rear tire (140mm) and it also features larger 282mm disk upfront.
Features and Equipment
In terms of the features, Yamaha races ahead decisively thanks to the generous level of equipment it comes with. It has got an LCD instrument console with fully digital features and Bluetooth connectivity.
Further, Yamaha has opted to equip the bike with a quick shifter (optional feature) and traction control technology which is usually not seen in other bikes in this segment. Yamaha owners also have access to the Y-connect App to stay connected via a number of advanced features.
Honda CBR lacks the new-age features offered by its Yamaha R15. The only feature it can boast about is a fully digital instrument cluster and LED illumination. Even the Dual-channel ABS system, which is part of the standard fitment in Yamaha, is offered only in selected variants on Honda.
Price and Value for money
Yamaha R15 is priced towards the higher end of the spectrum as it requires prospective buyers to shell out Rs 1.75 lakh (ex-showroom). Honda can gain a significant advantage here if it is able to price the upcoming CBR more competitively. Given the nature of India as a price-sensitive market, Honda can really get benefited from the price competitiveness of CBR and achieve desired results on its sales.