The Honda Grom was a huge success, no one can discount that. The pint-sized two-wheeler is ideal for developing countries that need cheap and versatile people-movers (on a budget).
And, the Grom has also shown similar success in markets like the United States and Europe, where it is considered a fun and unassuming motorcycle to add to the garage.
Seeing that success, Honda has been trying to tap
p that same vein with its latest batch of concept creations. So today, we bring that latest effort, the Honda 150SS RACER concept, which is like the Grom’s cafe-racing sibling from the neo-retro future.
Unveiled in Bangkok by Honda Thailand, the 150SS RACER looks like it is ready for its wedding day, as it is sporting something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
The Honda 150SS RACER borrows heavily from the heritage trend that we have seen in the industry – disc wheels are mated to solid brake rotors, a side-mounted number plate is visible, and of course there is the iconic round headlight at the front of the machine.
To its credit though, Honda has done a good job of mixing in very modern design elements with these classical staples, and there are enough angles in the bodywork to remind us that this is a new machine, from the near future. There is a full-glass cockpit as well, along with a forward-facing gyrocam on the tail section, so there is good technology progression here too.
Depending on who you ask, the Honda 150SS RACER borrows a 150cc single-cylinder engine from either the Honda CBR150R or the Honda Grom, which is a bit of spread performance-wise, but either engine will still fit the neo-racer machine into the same target segment.
There are a few interesting eye-catching bits on the Honda 150SS RACER concept. The low-mounted megaphone exhaust is an interesting touch, though perhaps a bit ambitious with only 150cc of engine flowing through it. The blue accents are a nice touch too, and give the bike a Tron feel, of sorts.
Time will tell as to whether the Honda 150SS RACER comes to reality, but it certainly provides an interesting insight into where Big Red’s head is right now.
Source: Honda Thailand