a motorcycle blog flipside
The following had been written using the RedNotebook app on July 2, 2016.
My current daily commuter ride is the new fuel-injected underbone in the Honda Philippines line-up, the Honda RS150, or as it is called in Thailand (or is it Indonesia?) the Honda Sonic 150, styled in very much the same way as the Suzuki Raider 150. One could say, in fact, that the RS150 has been produced by Honda to compete with the Raider 150.
I had already sold my old commuter bike, my Suzuki Raider J Pro 110 a couple of weeks ago thereby elevating the status of my RS150 from support bike to main commuter bike.
Truth be told, I was actually considering getting the Raider 150, satisfied as I was with the performance of my Raider J Pro. But then I saw the RS150. Its fuel-injected system decided it for me. I wanted more power for my next commuter ride but I really didn’t want to sacrifice fuel efficiency too much. Fuel-injection then was the way to go. I’d have gotten the Raider 150 instead if it had been fuel-injected.
It was only a week or so after my acquisition of the RS150 that I found out that Yamaha had upgraded their Sniper model with bigger displacement and fuel-injection. Dang. By then though, I had already fallen in love with my RS150 so no big deal, I reckon. Heh.
I must confess though that the RS150 wasn’t as comfortable a ride as my Raider J Pro. Oh, handling was good to be sure and the power was great but the slightly hunched over riding position was murder on the arms, particularly during heavy, stop-and-go traffic, and the seat design often led to numb buttocks. While the latter also happened with the Raider J Pro’s seat after a prolonged ride, the problem was rather acute with the RS150. Not that I minded terribly mind you. These were just a few of things that one needed to get used to when riding the RS150. Just part and parcel of being an RS150 owner in my book. Yeah.
Rider reviews hereabouts have pegged the RS150’s top speed going in excess of 140kph. I don’t know how they managed to reach those speeds though. My top speed was only 120kph. Then again, I’ve never been much of a speed demon and I was not one to push my rides to the very limits of their abilities. Leave that last part to braver and more foolhardy souls. Heh.
Engine Type: 4 Stroke, 4 Valve DOHC, Liquid-Cooled
Displacement: 149.76 cc
Bore & Stroke: 57.30 x 57.84 mm
Starting System: Kick/ Electric
Ignition System: Full Transistorized
Transmission Type: 6-Speed Constant Mesh
Gear Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
Suspension (Rear): Swing Arm – Monoshock
Brake System (Front): Hydraulic Disc (0296 mm)
Brake System (Rear): Hydraulic Disc (0190mm )
Battery Type: 12 V – 5 Ah Mf Type
Tires Size (Front): 70/90 – 17 M/C 38P (Tubeless)
Tires Size (Rear): 80/90 – 17 M/C 50P (Tubeless)
Wheels Type: Cast
Over-all Dimensions (LxWxH): 1,941 x 699 x 977 mm
Wheelbase Dimensions: 1,275 mm
Dry Weight: 111 kg
Seat Height: 764 mm
Ground Clearance: 140 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.3 Liters
Fuel: Unleaded Gasoline
Fuel System: PGM-FI
Engine Oil Capacity: 1.3 Liter Full (1.1 Liter exchange)
Maximum Horse Power [kW (PS)]: 11.5 kW @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque (N.m): 13.5 N.m @ 6,500 rpm
The RS150 comes in the following colors: red, black, and magenta. There’s also the special Repsol edition:
All images have been taken from the Honda Philippines website.