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Honda introduces its smallest touring bike with the CB150X

Is this the brand’s new hit among small-displacement bikes?

Whether you get it in red or black, the CB150X looks the business. PHOTO FROM HONDA

Honda Philippines has just launched on its social media what may be its most versatile bike yet, the adventure-styled CB150X. Drawing many similarities with the popular CB500X big bike, the CB150X is the small-displacement version that may yet be the brand’s most sought-after bike yet for touring-focused riders. It’s powered by the now-familiar 149cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, fuel-injected single-cylinder motor rated at 15.4hp and 13.8Nm, mated to a six-speed transmission.

The bike also features an upright riding position, the de rigueur beak for adventure-bike bona fides, a raised handlebar, a sizable windscreen, a belly pan, a 12L tank, and a claimed fuel efficiency of 38km/L. A 7.13- inch ground clearance and a 31.7-inch seat height should allow it to clear moderately sized obstacles, while the long-travel Showa USD fork and the Pro-Link rear suspension should acquit the bike well.

So...black or red? PHOTO FROM HONDA

However, the 100/70 R17 front and 130/70 R17 rear tire setup shows that the littlest “X” is a road-focused touring machine, with only modest capability for venturing onto rougher terrain. Unfortunately, ABS is not available to further assist the all-disc brakes. Curb weight of 139kg makes the Honda reasonably light, while some modern touches include an LCD dash and all-LED lighting.

Priced at P163,900, it will be interesting to see how many riders will spring for this bigger, small-displacement touring bike rather than going for a more conventional tourer like, say, a PCX160.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.