Yamaha YZF-R15 confronts Honda CBR150R

We compare two of the hottest motorcycle models on the market today, the Yamaha YZF-R15 version 2.0 and the Honda CBR150R.

It has been 4 years since the Yamaha YZF-R15 made its first trip to India. Just like its predecessor, the YZF-R15 has breathed new life into the Indian motorcycle market. In particular, with the body modification to make it more aggressive and sportier, the YZF-R15 version 2.0 immediately proves itself to be a prominent representative compared to current motorbike models in the country. this family.

Entering this year, the market is even more bustling with a representative from Honda, the CBR150R. The CBR150R is slightly more expensive than the YZF-R15, and is also commensurate with its slightly superior functionality and performance. However, Honda has not been able to put on the CRB150R’s bold and personality like Yamaha and the equipment is also somewhat inferior.

Overall, the Yamaha YZF-R15 2.0 has the reputation, prestige and solid foundation left by its older brother. The Honda CBR150R is not too sporty, not too personal, it is a “friendly, popular” car that is essential for crowded roads like India.


The YZR-R15 clearly inherits the beauty from its elder brother, the YZF-R6, especially the poised, steady posture when running on the road and the prominent, strong lines on the outside. The fairing part (can be understood as the car cover) is cut neatly but sharp, the rear of the car is slightly elongated with LED tail lights. Yamaha has changed quite a lot on this model to bring a bold and powerful design. Notably, the saddle of the driver and passenger has been completely separated. The rear saddle is pushed up high, creating the necessary comfort.

Yamaha YZF-R15 tail light

If Yamaha tries to escape the image of its predecessor with improvements, the Honda CBR150R seems to copy the appearance of its predecessor, the CBR250R, although overall it has been more “sporty” than before. The car’s curves are also cleverly hidden thanks to a very trendy 3-tone graphic design. Obviously, Honda’s shape has agility and sophistication, but lacks the sharp, solid look that is considered a symbol of sports cars. Stylish and elegant are the characteristics of the CBR150R, and Yamaha’s representative looks like he just stepped out of a MotorGP race, or even a star of that race.

Honda CBR150R exhaust pipe


Both cars have relatively similar technical specifications. The biggest difference is probably that Honda uses a DOHC double camshaft system while Yamaha uses a single SOHC camshaft. The benefits that DOHC brings are many, but its key attribute is that it allows the operation of a 4-valve per cylinder configuration and helps the valve train operate more efficiently at high rpm. However, with DOHC technology, the engine capacity of the CBR150R is also smaller, so basically, there is not too much difference in the operating features of both models. The YZF-R15 reaches a capacity of 17PS at 8,500rpm while the CBR150R produces 17.6PS (slightly more) at a speed of 10,500rpm. Accelerating from 0-100km/h, the Honda CBR150R takes 11.87 seconds, shortening the time by more than 1 second compared to the YZF-R15. Yamaha representatives accelerate 0-100km/h in 13.25 seconds.

The SOHC technology that Yamaha chose also brings interesting benefits such as the single camshaft structure will be less complex, thus lighter, and the reduced weight will also benefit lower engine rpm. As a result, the Yamaha YZF-R15 achieves 15 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm, while the Honda, even at 8,500 rpm, only achieves 12.66 Nm of torque. When the engine lowers the rpm better, it also means that the driver will have an easier time controlling the vehicle on narrow, crowded roads, and accelerating while the vehicle is running is also better. Specifically, running in 5th gear, the R15 accelerates from 30-70km/h in 10.75 seconds, while the Honda representative had to spend 17.52 seconds.

If the YZF-R15 creates the perfect balance between racing and road running, the CBR150R only really shines when it steps on the track. Honda’s engine has a high rpm, coupled with the balanced support of the chassis and functional design, so it is not only easy to control (these are advantages for racing cars) but also allows the driver to Operate your vehicle more confidently. After testing both models many times on the Kari racetrack (Coimbatore state, India), with professional racers, the conclusion was that the CBR achieved laptime (time to complete one lap) faster than the R15. Running for a long time, sitting on the CBR will also feel more comfortable, the driver will quickly get used to the bike and easily discover the machine’s potential. As for the R15, it requires the driver to concentrate a lot, the machine’s dynamics are razor sharp, and of course it is full of sporty inspiration. Because of that, if you want to master running the R15, it will take the driver a certain amount of time to get used to it.

Abhishek, whose reputation is associated with the Kari racetrack, felt very excited to be able to control the Yamaha model through the bends. As for Ravi, who has spent his life traveling on long journeys, he is more satisfied with Honda’s comfortable seat, thanks to its very friendly saddle position and shape. Obviously, drivers familiar with racing and sports cars will like the YZF-R15 2.0, and those new to racing will find an interesting start with the Honda representative. Each product will reach consumers in its own way.


Honda’s ease of driving has helped riders complete laps in a short time. That explains why the CBR150R’s score is higher than the YZF-R15 in the laptime challenge, even though the YZF-R15 is always close behind. The most impressive point of the YZF-R15 is its sportiness from appearance to operation. It requires the driver to concentrate highly, so it is not an exaggeration to say that the R15 is much more picky than the CBR150R. As mentioned, each representative will approach customers in its own way.

Ngoc Khanh (TTTD)

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