At the 2017 edition of the Bangkok International Motor Show, Honda Thailand took the wraps off a new idea bike called the 150-SS Racer. Now the business has revealed absolutely no details on this bike, but it looks more like a design exercise to flesh out future ideas rather than form the direct basis of an upcoming production bike.
Looking at its sizes, one is rapidly reminded of the Husqvarna Vitpilen, thanks to its slight, innovative café racer styling, though its dimension tends to gravitate a bit towards something like the Honda Grom, but it is not completely as small. It gets a sculpted oil tank sitting atop massive radiator shrouds that endow the bike with a veneer of premiumness. Its café racer looks come from a stubby tail section, low slung handlebars (not clip-ons though) and a proper retro style round headlights. There is also a large empty space under the seat and a transparent panel along the rear sub frame which lends this 150-SS Racer a sense of lightness, although no figures have been officially revealed.
The premium design touches do not end there either. There is liberal use of carbon fiber across the bike, from the fenders to the entire wheel discs. And in really high-tech style, it also gets two on-board cameras, one under the seat facing back and an onward facing one under the instrument cluster. With no built-in display, we can always imagine the cameras feeding images directly into a futuristic rider’s helmet. Apart from that, it gets bumpy upside down forks up front, radially mounted front brake calipers and a stubby loudspeaker exhaust, all signaling to its performance potential. There’s absolutely no word on the engine, apart from the fact that it’s a 150cc single-cylinder mill that’s liquid cooled. It might be safe to assume that this is an altered version of the motor from the Honda CBR 150-R which is sold in Asian markets.
As a pure design study at this stage, there are no plans of making a production bike based on the 150SS Racer. But it could surely serve as inspiration for low capacity high performance nude bikes that Honda might want to bring to Asia in the future.