Honda has now emerged as India’s second-largest two-wheeler manufacturer. While the company’s success is primarily attributed to the sales of its scooter Activa and its 110cc motorcycle, the Dream Neo, the 150cc segment cannot be discounted. Honda now wants to have a strong presence in this segment too and has launched the CB Trigger. We find out how good the new bike is.
First, a little backgrounder. The 150cc-180cc motorcycle segment contributes about 10% to the Indian two-wheeler industry and, more often than not, has been ruled by Bajaj. Honda is present in this segment in the form of the CB Unicorn (for mature commuters) and the CBR 150R (for riders who desire an exciting motorcycling experience). But Honda needed something that could appeal to riders aged between 18-24 years, and that, while fun to ride, was also suitable for daily commuting. That’s where the CB Trigger fits in.
The CB Trigger comes with a contoured tank having a 3D Honda emblem, floating side cowls and arrow-shaped side panels that contribute to its aggressive looks. It has got an all-black sporty muffler that emphasises the muscular character of the bike. Then you have all-black alloy wheels and a digital instrument panel. The front headlight comes with air scoops on the visor and there is an LED rear tail light. Overall, although the CB Trigger looks good, what we would have wanted is a bike that really stands out in the crowd.
The CB Trigger comes with a segment first feature—the Combi Brake System, an easy to operate feature that, Honda claims, reduces braking distance by 32% compared to conventional braking. Then the mono-suspension ensures mass centralisation that leads to better stability and riding confidence. It is powered by a 150cc engine that not only runs well in the low- to mid-speed ranges but also performs nicely in high-speed range. The engine produces a maximum power of 14 bhp and a torque of 12.5 Nm. The company claims a mileage of 60 kmpl (based on internal Honda test ride mode that is close to actual city riding conditions).
The seating position of the bike is upright and the seat is wide enough to give you a comfortable riding angle. While short city commutes are a breeze, like all other 150cc bikes, long-distance riding can go uncomfortable even on this Honda after a time. But if you primarily use motorcycle for urban riding, the CB Trigger won’t give you many complains. And the seat, though wide, isn’t really long enough to effortlessly seat, say, two fat people. Mention must be made here of the lightweight and flexible diamond frame that offers easy handling and steady control. But perhaps the best thing about the bike is control—the 240 mm front and 220 mm rear dual disc brakes that enhance braking efficiency and rider safety really inspire confidence. Then you have wide tubeless tyres, maintenance free battery and viscous air filter.
A starting price of Rs 67,433 (ex-showroom, Delhi) means the CB Trigger is priced competitively. Although it is not a superlative machine, it is fun to ride, fuel-efficient, and suitable for daily commuting. And three attractive colour options—Meteor Green Metallic, Pearl Siena Red and Black—mean Honda might just have added another winner to its kitty.