If you walk around the metro, you will notice that the motorcycle scene is mostly composed of automatic scooters and underbone motorbikes. The underbone segment is especially popular due to the customizability it gives to riders. One of the stars of racing and motor shows, Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) joins the crowd as they introduce the Honda Supra GTR 150.
The Supra GTR’s design is really sporty. It has edgy curves and has very aggressive and striking decals with it. It comes with a dual-layer LED headlight design and mean-looking signal lights. Honda really made the Supra GTR racing ready as they designed its body, muffler, and undercowl to be aerodynamic, designed to reduce drag and provide better acceleration.
Honda calls the Supra GTR the “Speed Aggressor”. It is mostly made for racing, while still having the usability on highways. Powering the speed aggressor is a 6-speed 4-stroke, 4 valves, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine with a displacement of 150cc. Capable of a maximum power of 15.42hp @ 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.6 Nm @ 6,500 rpm, the Supra GTR is packed with speed and power. I have received the unit with an odometer reading of 1200 km, and by the time I returned it, it had already travelled by as much as 2100 km. I had tons of fun with the bike. It is quick, extremely agile and is a joy in twisties. With me weighing at 79 kg, the top speed that I was able to get was 130 km/h. I can tell you that it really lives up to its nickname.
I have ridden the Honda Supra GTR to Laguna, Batangas, Tagaytay and in terms of riding comfort, the Supra GTR is not the best in long rides, which is understandable. Again, it is a sporty bike, so the sporty seat dsign makes it a bit uncomfortable on longer rides. It comes with a front telescopic fork while the rear features a monoshock. The suspension setup isn’t stiff but not too soft either. Stopping power comes courtesy of front and rear disc brakes which is great, but I still wish that there would come a time where ABS would be a standard in this segment.
In terms of city riding, lane filtering is very possible as the bike is light and is easy to maneuver. Despite it not having Honda’s fuel-saving features and having only a 4.5L tank, it is still efficient. I was very aggressive on the throttle every time I go out with it and yet I still achieved an efficient fuel economy figure of 44.1 km/l.
Honda has been left out in the segment for a little too long, but with the way they have introduced the Supra GTR to the Philippines, I think they have more than enough time to catch up. With the way Honda has adapted and the way they aim to go a higher gear every year, the Supra GTR will definitely keep its competitors awake at night.
- Very Quick and Agile
- Aerodynamics that comes with the design
- Fuel efficient
Elijah’s Room For Improvements
- No ABS
- It would be nice if more color variants were made like the other Hondas
Fuel Efficiency: ★★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★★
Overall: 4.3 out of 5
*Pricing is correct and accurate as of this article’s time of writing.