Honda CB Trigger unveiled
11th Mar 2013 6:41 pm
Honda attacks 150cc rivals with premium new streetbike.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Ltd. (HMSI) has unveiled the CB Trigger, a naked streetbike and sequel to the Dazzler. The new CB Trigger takes some styling cues from the full size CB1000R, and is a naked 150cc streetbike, purpose built to thrill the Indian market. The CB Trigger will sell alongside Honda's popular 150cc Unicorn in the competitive 150cc market space.
The CB Trigger is a street focused motorcycle which bears resemblance to the Yamaha FZ series of 150cc bikes. The CB Trigger headlamp sits encased within a sharp bikini-fairing. The CB Trigger comes with a chunky, well sculpted fuel tank, with twin pseudo intakes set below. It provides an amber backlit digital instruments bay that includes a speedometer, odometer, and cascading tachometer. The CB Trigger's LCD display reads out fuel-level, and offers the convenience of a digital clock. Only minimal body panels and decals adorn the zesty looking new motorcycle.
The CB Trigger is a muscular, modern looking motorcycle, with 6-spoke alloy wheels. Much of the bike including its engine and frame are all finished in black. The new Honda provides a fully enclosed drive chain for optimal protection from harsh Indian riding conditions. There's also a maintenance free battery. The CB Trigger taillight is a smart looking, stepped unit.
The CB Trigger deploys a four-stroke, 149.1cc, single-cylinder and air-cooled engine similar to the unit used by the Unicorn, allied to a 5-speed gearbox that shifts in a 1-down and 4-up pattern, via a heel-and-toe shift lever. The carburetted CB Trigger makes maximum power of 14bhp at 8500rpm, while peak torque is 1.28kgm at 6500rpm. Peak power and torque are available relatively low in the power band, to help make the CB Trigger a practical 150 for use in congested Indian traffic conditions.
The 137kg (kerb weight) CB Trigger uses a single downtube, tubular steel frame and rectangular section swingarm. Suspension is telescopic forks in front and a monoshock at the rear. The bike comes with tubeless tyres, front (80/100 x 17 inch) and rear (110/80 x 17 inch). The CB Trigger riding position is upright and comfortable, with wide and tall set handlebars. Disc brakes are provided front (240mm) and rear (200mm), with a combined braking (CBS) system offered as optional.
150cc bikes form an important, hotly contested market segment in India, where Honda has seen success, but is yet to strike the bulls-eye, as Bajaj’s Pulsar 150 DTS-i rules supreme. Other premium 150cc streetbikes the CB Trigger will contend with are the Yamaha FZ-S and TVS Apache RTR 160.
Honda has yet to announce pricing for the CB Trigger and the new bike will enter showrooms in a few weeks from now. Stay tuned in for our upcoming riding impression of the CB Trigger.