When buying a motorcycle, a few key factors come to mind – requirements, market availability, repair and maintenance, and your budget, of course. As it is, going for a bike nowadays has always been a calculative affair one must undertake, especially if you're flushed with money. For most buyers, however, the 150cc segment is almost always the default choice relative to engine class.
Over the years, we have come to witness key motorcycle manufacturers ushering to move the 150cc engine size for the entry-level rider. And while established companies in the competition are already enamored to bring more affordable 300cc motorcycles to the market, the pragmatic charm of the 150cc segment is still as indefatigable as ever.
What the bikes under the 150cc segment have in common are their good offerings on fuel economy and daily "rideability." These same motorcycles are also noted for their maneuverability around the metro and their ultimate accessibility to maintenance. It's only warranted why Filipino consumers are fond of the said segment.
Today, we've come up with the list of the best 150cc motorcycles in the Philippines in 2019.
Best 150cc Motorcycles in the Philippines
- Suzuki Raider R150
- Honda RS150R
- Yamaha Sniper 150
- Suzuki GSX-S150
- Yamaha FZi
- Suzuki GSX-R150
- Honda CBR150R
- Honda ADV150
- Honda CLICK150i
- Honda XR150L
- Honda CRF150L
- Kawasaki KLX150L
- Honda Supra GTR 150
Suzuki Raider R150
- Powerful engine
- Excellent styling
- Value for money
- Clutch is on the heavier side
- Braking can be quite abrupt
- Storage space isn't that generous
The Suzuki Raider R150 is visibly one of the more popular underbone rides around the metro. And with good reason. The entry has always been quite the go-to bike when it comes to affordability, speed, and efficiency.
For the new Suzuki Raider R150, Suzuki has also ensured that the bike itself reflects the modern needs of its consumers – associating its critical features to riding a true Suzuki GSX-R. With this in tow, the bike has once again set high standards in terms of design, power, and performance.
Some of the main features of the Suzuki Raider R150 are its full-length front shock, rear mono-shock suspension, six-speed short gear ratio transmission, dual camshaft, lightweight chassis construction, alloy cast wheel, and a rear disk brake, among others.
- Slim and compact
- Quick and energetic performance
- Not ideal for two, full-sized adults due to its body design
The slim and compact dimensions of the Honda RS150R make it quite popular among those who dare to ride a 150cc machine but also want a bike that is both light-weight and less aggressive relative to its design language. Such traits easily make our next entry the go-to choice for users who are still relatively new to riding a new two-wheeler.
The Honda RS150R is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 150cc engine, which is capable of revving up a very respectable power output of 15.6PS and a torque output of 13.5Nm. With these outputs, besides a low curb weight of 111kgs, the Honda RS150R is, without a doubt, one of the brisk performers in the competition.
The Honda RS150R is also famed for its feel-good aesthetic choices that can be seen in its full LED headlamp, fully-digital instrument console, clip-on handlebars, and key shutter mechanism.
Yamaha Sniper 150
- Excellent handling and fuel consumption
- Noted comfortability
- Design is a standout
- The rear portion is on the puny side
- Lacks luggage hooks
- Lacks under-seat storage compartment
If you're on the hunt for one of the edgier, more modern-looking 150cc-toting bikes out there, the Yamaha Sniper 150 should be appearing at the helm of your list, all proud and mighty. The bike boasts an aggressive bodywork, which is most evident right off the bat when you're taking a peek at the front. Additionally, the bike also features a slew of standout design elements such as its sleek daytime running lamps on its front apron and alloy wheels, which render the two-wheeled vehicle with a modern visual charm.
The refinement levels found in the Yamaha Sniper 150 are also higher than most of its compatriots, all thanks to its four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 149.7cc engine. Its engine can churn out 15.4PS of power and 12.8Nm of torque.
- Modern design
- All-digital instrument console
- Powerful engine
- Sporty riding position
- Lacks ABS
- The rear seat is a bit uncomfortable
Another product that has rocked the Philippine roads is the unique street fighter Suzuki GSX-S150. Dubbed as the entry which takes on the Yamaha M-SLAZ and Honda CB150R Streetfire, our fourth entry competes quite well in terms of its engine and performance offerings.
The Suzuki GSX-S150 serves as the naked version of the Suzuki GSX-R150 – a fully-faired version. In this segment, the most crucial part of the vehicle is undoubtedly its rear side. Its split step-up seat is also attractive, a design that is reminiscent of the 1000cc street fighters.
The Suzuki GSX-S150 is also noted for its all-digital instrument console, one that also receives engine temperature, high beam, and turn indicators sidewise.
- Impressive looks
- Excellent overall performance
- Noted handling
- No rear disc brakes
Touted as the first-ever fuel-injected motorcycle in the street category, the Yamaha FZi is commended for its overall performance – all thanks to its fuel efficiency, quick response, lightweight handling, and a design that can turn heads in an instant.
The Yamaha FZi is also equipped with tons of features and benefits. There is the diamond frame, which should optimize its rigidity balance while weight is also reduced at the same time. Its fuel tank has also been redesigned, offering a more aggressive and forward-pushing design language. Meanwhile, its split type seat has also been upgraded with a slip-resistant material for a more convenient ride. Another upgrade can be found in its muffler, which now comes with an added protector.
Other key features of the Yamaha FZi are its fuel-injected engine, multi-reflector headlight, digital meter panel, monocross suspension, and new graphics, to name a few.
- Sporty and ergonomic design features
- Powerful engine
- Fun to ride
- Power is still lower compared to Yamaha competitor
Staying true to its racing DNA, the Suzuki GSX-R150 shares most of its characteristics of its bigger sibling but is all equipped with a modest albeit attractive 147.3cc single-cylinder engine. Despite such a deviation under the hood, Suzuki still managed to cram every bit of power in its small yet capable mill.
The Suzuki GSX-R150 produces 14.1 kW at 10,500 RPM and 14 Nm of torque at 9,000 RPM. Another key feature of the vehicle's engineering is its smooth performance, even at low revs. There is no noted jerkiness or shuddering even when it gets to navigate through congested roads.
With its sporty design and more-than-sufficient power, the Suzuki GSX-R150 is just about what you need to re-ignite your passion for riding.
- Noted riding and handling experience
- A bit expensive for its class
- Power is lower than the Yamaha YZF R15
Honda is very much noted for its share of performance bikes in the metro, and the CBR150R is slotting at the top of that list. Deemed as the younger and gentler sibling of the famous CBR250R, the vehicle's host of design cues have been inspired by its elder variant but still differentiates itself with its two-tone paint finish.
The Honda CBR150R is fueled by a single-cylinder, fuel-injected 149.4cc engine, which revs up 18.28bhp and is famed for its quirky yet fun to ride overall performance, especially in the urban setting. The engine is then mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer also managed to bring in an altogether different kind of sportiness in it, all coupled with a fuel efficiency only you can expect from Honda.
- Eye-catching design
- More affordable price tag than the X-ADV
- Not the best off-roader on the market
The Honda ADV150 takes a considerable portion of its inspiration from the X-ADV, Honda's distinctive adventure scooter. Its styling cues, such as its big front apron, alongside its twin, LED headlamps, and an adjustable screen, are quite evident. Its dimensions, however, are smaller and shorter than the X-ADV, measuring at 1,950mm long, 763mm wide, and 1,153mm tall.
The Honda ADV150 is banking on the power of its 149.3cc SOHC four-stroke, single-cylinder engine, which makes 14.7HP at 8,500rpm and 13.8Nm at 6,500rpm.
- The sharp and aggressive design language
- The impressive list of premium features
- A bit on the beefier side relative to its overall look and appeal
- Storage compartment could have been made bigger
In the forthcoming holiday season in the Philippines, a lot of motorcycles are now on sale out there. But only a few of them are made for taking on pillion riders as astute as the Honda CLICK150i.
Slotting in the middle of Honda's extensive lineup of AT scooters, the CLICK150i boasts a bold design, one that sports an all-LED lighting system which comprises of position lights, headlights, tail lights, apart from its front and rear turn signals.
Powering the CLICK150i is a 150cc, liquid-cooled PGM-Fi engine, all equipped with Enhanced Smart Power. This gives the bike a fuel economy of 52 km/L.
Some of its unique features are the new keyless system, and a push-button seat unlock.
- Off-road-inspired design
- Comfortable ride quality
- Value for money
- The engine isn't exactly the most powerful out there
- No presence of ABS
It was in 2015 when Honda launched a refresh of its popular motorcycle, the Honda XR150L. The bike, which bears a notorious on-and-off presence in the motorcycle scene, was unveiled as a replacement for the XR125 and is now available in the market with some key upgrades over its predecessor.
The Honda XR150L flaunts a more CRF-inspired design over Honda's previous iteration. It also comes with a new balancer shaft, which alleviates vibration, giving its riders a smoother running performance. The bike also boasts a more extensive and updated powertrain, one that features an offset crankshaft, a lighter piston, and roller rockers, among others.
- Powerful engine
- Modern off-road design
- Excellent suspension travel
- High ground clearance
- High saddle height
- More prominent than some 150cc off road rivals
The latest edition in the Honda CRF family, the Honda CRF150L, is the brand's newest small capacity, dirt-oriented street-legal dual-sports motorcycle. It carries the most powerful 150cc engine in its class, which is also propelled with the inclusion of the PGM-Fi system which delivers high off-road performance.
The Honda CRF150L is also very much sought by the local users due to its unbeatable premium features. Some of these include its long-travel inverted fork, black aluminum rims, 21-inch FR 18-inch offroad tires, wavy disc brake, digital meter panel, compact headlight, taillight, and a new black color variant.
- Ideal for first-time riders
- Decent amount of suspension travel
- A bit pricey
The dual-sport category of motorcycles in the Philippines is probably one of those segments that don't get much activity. Thankfully, things began gaining some gripping traction when Kawasaki released the KLX150L in the country. And with good reason.
The Kawasaki KLX150L is one that that is made for off-road enthusiasts, all disguised as an entry-level variant with its provisions. Ultimately, the bike doesn't come with a compromise with its daily practical features.
The Kawasaki KLX150L is powered by a 144cc, 4-stroke carbureted and air-cooled engine, which revs up 12.4 PS and 11.94 Nm of torque. The bike's off-road appeal can be seen right off the bat with its lightweight frame, telescopic front forks, and rear-linked monoshock, alongside its disc brakes placed on both ends.
Honda Supra GTR 150
- Competitive speed
- Sportier design
The Honda Supra GTR 150 is the top-notch motorcycle brand's newest entry to the 150cc-class underbone segment. Touted as the Speed Aggressor, the bike is ideal for Filipino riders with a work-hard, play-hard kind of road mentality.
The Honda Supra GTR 150 sports a 150cc, four-stroke, DOHC, single-cylinder engine, which is paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The engine can produce a maximum power level of 15.42HP at 9,000rpm and a peak torque of 13.6NM at 6,500rpm. With its moniker, it boasts an impressive top speed at 110kph. Nevertheless, the bike is still fuel-efficient with its 42km/L output.
One of the Honda Supra GTR 150's direct rivals is the Yamaha Sniper relative to speed, design, and comfort.
Honda remains to be the go-to motorcycle manufacturer in the Philippines. And in the 150cc segment, the Japanese two-wheeler maker is even more of powerhouse now as it ever was since it debuted locally.
And with the recent release of the Supra GTR 150, Honda has once again proven that it could still top its main competition in the field, which is none other than itself. And if Honda would even bank further on its tried and tested formula on the market, one that maximizes speed, comfort, and design, then there is no doubt that the brand will remain unbeatable in the next decade.
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