Friday, November 13, 2015

Honda RS 150 / Sonic 150 Now in the Philippines

Honda Philippines, Inc. is mum about what their next explosive launch is.   But basing on the series of teasers they're putting out, I am 99.99% sure this is the LONG-AWAITED, MUCH TALKED ABOUT performance underbone motorcycle Honda Sonic 150.

Yes.  Ever since the era of XRM, the Sonic is one of the most-rumored bikes to come out but never did.   Come a decade later, here it is.  FINALLY!  The motorcycle that will zoom past by its competition.

We have waited for this Honda!  Woohoo!   Thanks for finally bringing it here.

Honda RS 150 Launch

The moment we have all been waiting for.  Honda finally launched the RS150 or more known by its mythical name, the Sonic.   It was launched November 15 at the Carmona Race Track during the IRGP9.  The people's reaction?  WOOOOWWWW!

Before unveiling the one in the conference room, we were invited to the race track to witness the RS150 in action.  We weren't disappointed.  3 color variants wowed us and the audience with the arrival of the newest underbone from Honda.

Back to the conference room, the bike was unveiled and given us an opportunity to inspect the bike up close.  Mr. Salamanquit explained the technological advances of the RS150 and how it's just one of the few bikes specifically designed for our country, just like the XRM and TMX.

Mr. Soichiro Honda's Philosophy.
Wow, right?
Honda tophats telling us who's the number one brand.
Honda RS 150 - From Their Own Words:

If this didn't wow you....
Honda — November 15, 2015, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, is now introducing another exciting motorcycle one after the other in the Philippine market.  From the most technologically advance Scooters with Smart Engines to the most powerful Sports Engine in its class. After several months of speculation, Honda has finally presented the All New Honda RS150. This Honda newest Sports Bike is equipped with a New Generation 150cc Liquid-cooled DOHC 6-speed engine, born out of Honda Racing DNA with class leading advance technology. 

In its official public launch in this year’s Inside Racing Grand Prix (IRGP) event held at Carmona Racing Circuit, Mr. Daiki Mihara, Honda Philippines, Inc. President and Mr. Noriaki Abe of Asian Honda, Chief Operating Officer of Asia & Oceana Region of Honda Motor Japan, announces Honda’s commitment in delivering the most exciting Honda product for the New Generation. This time, not only that Honda has introduced in the Philippines Honda Smart Engines for Scooter or Automatic models but now our New Generation of Filipino Sports Motorcycle Enthusiast can enjoy the All New Honda RS150 with Powerful Sports Engine. This is just the beginning of another Gen-S story to come hinted by the two top Honda executives. 

The All New RS150 is an answer to young generation customers who are looking for freedom of high performance on sporty and sharply designed bike with class leading technology, specifications, and features explained by Mr. Elie Salamangkit Jr., Honda Product Planning Manager.  To ensure the best handling possible, Honda’s Philosophy in developing sports motorcycle was applied wherein “Rider can control engine power in any circumstances… exactly when needed and as much as needed” or “Control at Riders’  Will”.

Big size front disc brake?  Compensating for something?  Yes, the Honda RS150 is compensating for it's power!  
Design, Frame and Engine synergy is what made this newest Honda motorcycle special. The bike design reflects aggressive new generation styling with sharp looking body and boasts attractive features from latest Super sports. Giving pride to the rider is its sharp wedge shape and innovative and edgy surface treatment not to mention its class leading features of LED Headlight, Fully Integrated Digital Meter Panel, Rear and Big Diameter Front Disc Brakes, Aluminum Cast Wheel, Clamped handle bar, Tubeless tires, and Rear Monoshock absorber among others.

The frame which holds the motorcycle was designed with high agility and safety in mind. The frame and chassis delivers agile and responsive control, very suitable for city streets made possible by its agile 45 degrees steering handle, compact dimension wheelbase of 1275mm plus the application of new strong twin-tube type sports frame which is designed to be safe at high speed and quick acceleration.

 The engine performance has the best acceleration in its class, but still fuel efficient by application of wide variety of friction reduction technologies producing maximum power of 11.8KW (16.0 PS) at 9,000 rpm. The new generation engine especially designed for Southeast Asia including the Philippines has the following characteristics:

Flexible output characteristics that enable fun riding in a wide range of riding situations
Improved fuel efficiency performance
Remarkable level of comfort enabling the rider to experience a high-grade feel
Exterior design with functional beauty that evokes the sophisticated mechanism

 Honda dares customer to test it and discover real power that you can handle. 

Symmetrical bore x stroke (57 x 57)
Finally, the all new RS150 is environment friendly with its Euro-3 compliant emission and safety is still Honda’s top most priority with the installation of Bank Angle sensor that increases rider’s safety by automatic engine turn-off during accidental crash or fall.

The IRGP crowd was further treated by actual show-off run of All New RS150 in the race track with its three exciting colors, Black, Winning Red and Space Magenta Metallic as special color which will all be available in Honda Shops nationwide. 
They say pink is a masculine color.  I'd ride this anytime!
Honda RS 150 Review - Soon!