The Honda 150SS Racer Concept: It’s NOT A Honda Grom In New Clothes!
It’s NOT A 150cc Grom – It’s A Whole New Concept
Updated August 20, 2018
This is the Honda 150SS Racer concept – a cool little sports orientated concept that takes the fun idea of the Honda Grom, but mixes in a touch of CBR to really give it the edge. The concept was just unveiled in Thailand at the Bangkok Motor Show, and although it’s only a concept dreamed up by Honda Thailand, we hope this idea gains some traction. You might be thinking “Do we need another small capacity bike from Honda, since the Grom was already such a huge success?” and our answer would be “Why not?” Let Honda do what they best.”
The Honda 150SS Racer Concept
And small capacity machinery really is what Honda does best – from the old Cub to the modern Grom – they know what they’re doing in the little leagues. With the Asian marketing booming at the moment, adding another small bike to the roster would be a wise idea. Something a little edgier than a bigger 150cc Grom, but still coming in with a respectable budget.
At first glance, you can’t help but think of Suzuki’s VanVan, arguably one of my favorite small bikes on the market. It’s the big wheels, I guess. However, the 150SS Racer has something rather interesting tucked into the frame: from what we can see, it’s the Honda CBR150R engine, rather than a rehashed and bored out 150cc Grom power plant. It’s still a 150cc engine, but it’s definitely more sports orientated.
The engine isn’t what makes this a cool idea. The whole package is absolutely fantastic. Aesthetically, the 150SS Racer concept does a grand job of reaching back into history and taking some of the best elements of the small Honda’s of yesteryear, whilst seamlessly sharpening the lines and angles, making a very futuristic, neo-contemporary machine.
From the retro side of things, the Honda 150SS concept shows off old-school style, solid brake rotors, disc style wheels, and a rather sexy round headlight setup. From the present, we’ve got a low mounted megaphone type exhaust, a see-through race number holder near the rear, and a rather technically advanced gyroscopic camera mounted on the tail piece.
It does look rather incredible – but what you have to realize is the scale. In these pictures, it’s easy to see it as a big, or rather, normal sized machine. However, it’s going to be more Grom sized than CBR1000RR… Hopefully some pictures will surface with a human being standing next to it for real clarification. All that aside, it would be a welcome addition to the Honda ranks…if Honda feel like moving it into production.