Shootout for the best Trending 150cc Commuter Bikes in India
150cc class in the Indian motorcycle industry is certainly a benchmark. As it stands in between the exact commuter class bikes and entry-level superbikes, the 150cc motorcycle segment becomes very important to the makers just like the other classes. The 150cc bikes looks sporty and do ensure good mileage as well. And these are why the 150cc machines are chosen by both youngsters and working men. Now, let’s go through the trending 150cc commuter bikes in India and get introduced them in detailed. You might be in confusion in choosing the best 150cc two-wheeler you want. I hope this article will help you to take your matching pair.
We have got five motorcycles in the shootout – Hero Xtreme, Yamaha FZ-S FI V2, Honda CB Trigger, Bajaj Discover 150 F, and Suzuki Gixxer 150.
Certainly looks matters especially when someone chooses a motorcycle in the 150cc class. So it affects in the sales as well.
The all new updated FZ-S FI V2 looks like the best looking in the competition. The new design and graphics works have of course won hearts for Yamaha. The retouched headlight, rear light, and exhaust give new air to the rider. However, the massive fuel tank remains untouched.
Seems like the Gixxer sticks at the second place. Its sleek and angular design make everyone’s eyes pulled out while it pumps through the street. The naked touch along with bikini fairing is well set to brand the Gixxer as one of the best looking guys in its class. Additionally, the fat tires, odd headlight and tail light, and mesmerizing exhaust will obviously provide a better room for the machine in the competition.
Hero Xtreme is the next to be followed in terms of design. The motorcycle is next step from the predecessor, the CBZ Xtreme. However, the designers of the all new Xtreme have certainly penned out their caliber to roll such a freaky stuff on road. The Xtreme looks entirely different from the last generation as it is coupled with a newly designed headlight, tail light, graphics, and exhaust. Still, the rest body composed of fuel tank, alloy wheels, side panel and one piece seat are unchanged.
Honda launched the CB Unicorn Dazzler with better performance and features as the successor of the CB Unicorn. However, the bike couldn’t catch up as per expectations. Now, Honda is playing hard with the entry of the CB Trigger. The machine goes like a naked on road with refreshing headlight, bigger fuel tank, bikini fairing, and delighted exhaust. Yep! It’s a mini-replica of Honda CB1000R. However, there is no split seat and tremendous body works. But, the bike looks good enough for a commuter rider.
Last but not least, the all new Bajaj Discover 150 F seems like it has borrowed the fairings from the discontinued previous generation Hero Karizma. It looks funny and really made me laughed at the first sight. I thought that when Hero junked the old Karizma fairings, Bajaj took up them and used to make their new generation Discover. Well, a detailed look reads that there is a lot difference between both bikes. Whatever I would like to rank the motorcycle at the bottom considering its design.
Engine and Performance
Yamaha FZ-S FI V2 arrives with an updated engine. Mated with a smaller bore, the bike is now powered by a smaller 149 cc, Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve Single Cylinder engine, which is capable to generate a peak power of 13.1 PS at 8000 rpm, and a tremendous torque of 12.8 Nm at 6,000 rpm. On the other hand, the FZS comes with a 153cc engine generating a max power of 14PS @ 7500 rpm and a max torque of 13.6 N.m @ 6000 rpm. This clearly shows out that a cut down in engine displacement and power. It really kills the heart of hardcore throttlers. However, there is an upgrade in acceleration and a better refinement in rev range is felt as well. The gearshift, 5-speed constant mesh, remains the same.
Meanwhile, the Gixxer rolls on with a newly developed 155cc, Single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine sited on the single downtube frame. For a spellbound experience, this Japanese heart burns out some warming 14.6 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and a gorgeous torque of 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. It’s coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Hero’s Xtreme is the next man in the battle. It comes with no engine updates. However, the remaining heart of the machine is competent enough to pick up any challenge. Delivering a sexy power of 14.4 Ps @ 8500 rpm and a killing torque of 12.80 N m @ 6500 rpm from the unchanged heart – 149.2 cc, Air cooled, 4 – stroke single cylinder OHC; Hero proclaims that the firm is well on in the competition. Well, a 5-speed gear transmission is what coupled with it.
Composed with the same symphony of the Dazzler, the Trigger rashes out assuring great performance on road. Its 149.1 cc, Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SI engine, drills out a thrilling power of 14 HP @ 8500 RPM and a stunning torque of 12.5 Nm @ 6500 RPM. Mated with a 5-speed transmission, a trouble free drive is done especially in cities.
The latest Discover in the cards, the Discover 150 F comes out with a 144.8 cc, Type Single cylinder, 4-valve, DTSi with ExhausTEC engine which is bored out from the Discover 125 ST engine. The engine is mounted with the same moly-coated piston and long air-intake hosepipe seen on the Discover 125 ST. However, there are some changes to the ignition and valve train timing. The bike pulls an awesome power of 14.5 Ps @ 8500 rpm and a peak power of 12.75 Nm @ 6500 rpm. Meanwhile, the heart is belted with a 5-speed gear transmission.
Although it’s hard to rank who is exactly the best performer among 5, the Gixxer slightly edges over its competitors.
The all new FZS F1 V2 has a good no. of new features. Mated with a halogen headlamp with parking lamp on both side, a halogen tail lamp, a couple of clear lens halogen turn indicators at front and back bring some ‘wow’ emotion to the spectators. On the par, a fully digitalized LCD instrument console comprised of speedo, tacho, odo, trip and fuel meters, and ECO indication lamp take you to the next generation tripping. Meanwhile, the chunky fuel tank and its sporty extension, split seats, split and open ended grab rails, rear tire hugger, plain looking side mirrors, wide handlebars, and monstrous chrome tipped exhaust are well bolted.
Perhaps, you may fall in love with Gixxer seeing the stunning experience you could enjoy from the instrument panel. Its fully digital display blows out in orange when the key is turned on, and says “Ready go”. Might be the first in the class, at least in Indian motorcycle industry. The meter console is composed of gearshift indicator, two trip meters, a digital tachometer and the usual tell-tale lights and turn indicators on both sides, RPM light, Eco and Power mode lights, and a digital clock as well. Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology is the other milestone seen in the bike. Equipped with SEP, the Gixxer ensures better mileage.
The Xtreme cues a lot from its predecessor, the CBZ Xtreme. But, some brilliant makeover has brought up a new stuff in the market. Slunk headlight, LED tail lamp, super cool indicators, stunning graphics, a semi digital LCD screen with speedometer, clock, fuel gauge and indicators like side stand warning, neutral, high beam, and service reminder. It also has an engine immobilizer, and under seat mobile charging as well.
Honda’s CB Trigger is said as the next generation CB Unicorn. The bike is the right replacement of the CB Unicorn Dazzler. It ramps out with a fully digital meter console with all informative stuffs on the screen, Combi Brake System (CBS) helping all brakes applied in a single go, tubeless tires, and viscous filter.
The Discover 150 F comes with a semi digital meter console, on which an odometer, trip meter, fuel-gauge, service reminder and a clock are included. Meanwhile, analogue speedometer is placed at centre.
Analyzing the features we could conclude that the real competition is between the FZS FI V2 and the Gixxer. And woke up with much updates, more thumps up go to the FZS FI V2.
Handling and Comfort
Yamaha has never disappointed riders with its riding pleasure. The Japanese engineer has always come up with unparalleled rejoice of riding. Provided with a short handlebar, the FZS FI is a super-cool stuff for sports riders. Coupled with fatty tires more grip and stability is offered even at high speed and corners. Meanwhile, a red Monocross suspension coil at the rear, and a telescopic front suspension are massive enough to ensure a cool driving experience.
The sporty handlebar are just made for riders who make thrilling rides on the go. Puzzled with a fat rear tire and a slim front tire, this baby monster goes trouble-free with maximum stability at corners and gutters. Having a Swing Arm, Mono Suspension at rear and a telescopic front suspension do provide a better ride. Meanwhile, the absence of split seat will never disappoint the pillion rider.
The ‘wow’ expressing commercial of the Xtreme is almost practicable on road. With the Xtreme, Hero offers one of the best riding pleasures, at least for 150cc commuter motorcycle enthusiasts. The telescopic hydraulic type front suspension and a 5 step adjustable gas reservoir rear suspension tune up the perfect symphony for a melodious drive.
The CB Trigger is a mindblowing stuff when it comes to riding. You can ride it anyway you wish to. Be it corners, turns, humps, or dips; the Trigger is absolutely stable like fixed to a magnet on road. Its killing ergonomics force everyone to choose it over anyone. Above all, it’s from the most trusted brand, Honda. Like the rest, a telescopic on the front and a monosuspension on the back do things to comfort the riders.
Bajaj is not the best bubble for ride comforts. But, its Pulsar machines are really exception. Turning to the Discover 150 F, the motorcycle weighs less to handle very easier. But, riding the same on a high velocity, you will feel down with an irritating vibration. Bajaj is still to learn in enhancing a better riding experience.
Mileage matters when things roll on in Indian industry. Let’s see the all 5 machines in individual.
Yamaha FZS FI V2 = 55 kmpl
Suzuki Gixxer = 63.4 kmpl
Hero Xtreme = 65 kmpl
Honda CB Trigger = 60 kmpl
bajaj discover 150 f = 72 kmpl
Yamaha FZS FI V2 – Rs. 76,250
Suzuki Gixxer – Rs. 72,199
Hero Xtreme – Rs. 67,275
Trigger – Rs. 67,384
Bajaj Discover F – Rs. 59,000
All are ex-showroom Delhi prices.
When analyzing things together onto conclusion; Yamaha FZS FI V2, Suzuki Gixxer, and Honda CB Trigger do show off brilliant outputs in all corners of the shootout. Interestingly all these motorcycles are Japanese. The Xtreme is a good option. But, the machine fails to give the best. The bike certainly needs improvement in handling. The meter console looks outdated. But, being a Hero product, which has the highest no. of service centers in the country, no better option can be said if you are considering one with the best aftersales service. Well, the Discover 150 F finds its place in the last spot equipped with a poor riding experience and compromised quality. However, its pricing is excellent and people may choose it for its cool price tag.
And when the game is between Yamaha FZS FI V2, Suzuki Gixxer, and Honda CB Trigger; mated up with marvelous design, cool features, good pricing, reliability, performance, and superb mileage, the Gixxer win the game edging over the Trigger, and the FZS FI positioned second and third respectively.