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2013 Honda CB Trigger first ride

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06 Jun 2013  / 
Executive Editor
 

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Honda CB Trigger in one place.

What is it?

The Honda CB Trigger is a commuter motorcycle that looks a lot like the Indonesian CB150R Streetfire based on the Unicorn platform. It replaces the Dazzler which failed to find traction in India. Honda say it sees two kinds of customers come to their showroom looking for 150s. The slightly more mature and older customers want ‘decent’ styling and proven technology and opt for the Unicorn. The Dazzler was meant for the other customer, a younger chap looking for a stylish commuter 150, and that is the role the CB Trigger will take in in India.

2013 Honda CB Trigger

What happened to the Dazzler, then?

The Honda Dazzler is now out of production. Honda told us today that customers didn’t take to certain features like the toe-only gear changer or the open chain and these are two of the features that the Trigger has addressed. Other sources say that the Dazzler’s styling itself was one of the triggers. We like wide and substantial tanks in India and the Dazzler didn’t have one. This is one of the issues with South-East Asian designs versus the Indian design ethos – they have always preferred these skinny tanks and skinny-grippy tyres, while India is size-obsessed.

 

2013 Honda CB Trigger headlamp and tank

2013 Honda CB Trigger headlamp and tank

Is the engine new or updated?

No and no. Honda say the proven 150cc engine is invaluable in the segment and so it continues. It still makes 14PS just like the Unicorn and the CB Trigger is supposed to be able to hit 103kmph. On the other hand, it claims 67kmpl (ARAI) which means it should be a economic motorcycle to ride to work everyday. I rode it hard for a short 15km run that brought home the fact that it is exactly that same motor. Power delivery is smooth and torquey and the engine note is nicely gruff. There is a hint of vibration that intensifies at 3500-4000rpm but it isn’t something you’d complain about. The motorcycle accelerates quickly and offers a typically Honda neutral feel overall.

 

2013 Honda CB Trigger engine

2013 Honda CB Trigger engine

Is it comfortable?

Honda say comfort is one of the big pros of the Trigger. The seat is noticeably wide between the legs and should be good for short rides. Long rides are harder to call so we will comment on that later. Ride quality is good and again, in typical Honda fashion is well damped, almost plush without being wallowy or overtly soft. You will like it. Honda adds further that even with a pillion the CB Trigger is designed to be gentle on the bum and easy to ride.

 

It has ABS, right?

Nope. It isn’t ABS; it is CBS and that is only on the top model. The Combined Braking System (CBS) uses a delay valve to activate the centre piston of the front three-piston Nissin caliper when you press the rear brake. This is a good thing for novice riders in India, many of whom still believe that if they hit the front brake they will flip themselves over the handlebar. The front brake lever is not combined with anything. The system is a mechanical one and has no electronics. What that means is that the motorcycle’s delay setting has been tuned with software and road verification testing, but is not software-controlled. Consequently, it’s ability to react to road surfaces and offer ‘custom’ brake force distribution is zero. However, that does not mean it is ineffective or a gimmick. Honda is a cautious, thorough organisation when it comes to engineering, and you can be sure that the Honda R&D engineers tuned the CBS for positive results in almost all situations. That said, at Rs 9,000-odd more than the intermediate (twin disc) model, CBS is expensive and will form the smallest chunk of Trigger sales in our estimation.

 

2013 Honda CB Trigger front disc

Middle brake piston is connected to the rear brake pedal; other two are operated by the front brake lever

What is the price?

The CB Trigger prices in Mumbai are as follows:

 

CB Trigger STD

Ex-showroom: Rs 72432

On-road: Rs 79335

 

CB Trigger DLX

Ex-Showroom: Rs 75575

On-road: Rs 82733

 

CB Trigger CBS

Ex-Showroom: Rs 82386

On-road: Rs 90095

 

The base model is priced almost exactly square against the Pulsar 150, which is still the leading 150 on sale in India. At Rs 90,095 on-road Mumbai, despite the CBS, we believe the Trigger CBS is an expensive motorcycle.

 

Availability?

Honda has opened sales for the CB Trigger and you should be able to buy one from your dealer right now. Just remember to bring extra cash for the number plates. Strangely enough, they are not standard equipment.

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  • shikher

    I am confused about to which bike i should buy, i have a short list : Hero Xtreme or Pulsar 150 or CB Trigger. I want good value, performance, mileage

    • nimish

      just dont buy the Xtreme….it isnt fun either in the city or on the highway…cant comment on dazzler.havent ridden it, but you must try it out

    • Nikhil M. Krishnan

      Hey, Go for suzuki GS150.. it gives Power, Milage and uncomparable Comfort. It offers you a 6th gear for cruising in the higways..

      check out and get a testdrive of GS150 before u book any one of the bikes you listed.

    • aravind

      dont buy gs 150 r it is the worst bike in the 150cc segment even though its engine is refined its aerodynamics and seating position is the worst and its too heavy for the 150cc engine to pull and also its very tall making it the worst bike

      • Nikhil M. Krishnan

        did you ever drive that bike ? or have you even seen it ?

        the bikes heavy body makes it stable even at 110 + kmph with no vibrations.

        Its a Commuter-Tourer class bike, So its not as stylish as an R15 or CBR

        well, that’s you.. the first ever person who complains about the seating position. :P

        Maybe you are a short person who is less than 4″, thats why you felt the bike have too much height.

        Try the bike once before trolling bro..

        • Dinesh

          Yes i think he is less than 4 ft, we should recommend him to go for Bajaj Avenger well suited for him..

        • Sambaran Chaudhuri

          GS 150R is a mini GSX bike from the stable of SUZUKI… Only a fool will complain against this machine…… I own a Pulsar 150 DTS-i…. Frankly speaking……… The GS 150R is far far better than the BAJAJ…. GS 150R gives you a big bike feeling without cutting your pockets too dip… The HONDA Trigger on the other hand may have mono shock and rear disc brake but still fails to excite like the GS… I tried both Trigger and GS………. GS has more attitude………….

      • Dinesh

        Hey boy, Suzuki GS150R is designed for better comfort and seating position..your points are meaningless and rubbish..do learn something before u post any replies for the topic..GS150 has 90% of satisfied customers however suzuki does’nt advertise about that bike…Go and test drive and u’ll feel like riding on a smooth luxary air bus…however i agree that the bike is heavy and taller but one can easily handle..this is one of the perfect bike for mature riders…

        Anyways am going to CB trigger within a month, and if the waiting period of trigger is more then surely i planned to go Suzuki GS150R…

        • aravind

          hey kid ur attitude is totally wrong it is not the kind of language u use in a public form u r telling me to test drive the bike i have done 41000 kms in just 3 years what do u know about me. go and screw yourself buying a gs150r and i believe u should be rubbish

        • aravind

          dont tell me which is rubbish and meaningless i think u r a big mass of rubbish use proper language u fool

  • cool 911

    Well Well!!!!
    from the side it looks just like the ancient CBZ the faux side intakes and the tank shape, which is now looks closer to the Fazer!!! n the light also looks like a Fazer!!!
    the taillight im not sure but its a little like the Extreme..
    but like the say if a CBZ banged into a fazer from behind really hard it would probably end up looking like this :O

  • SWAPNIL SINHA

    hi shub bhaiya i m a big fan of u i want to know about the top speed of that bike is it strict at 103 which in my regards very slow i like this bike but the top speed really matters plz ans me

    • Mohan

      I rode it at 110 kmph and if its a highway easier to hit the 120kmph mark claimed by Honda . Go for it

  • Dinesh

    Thanks for the quick info Shub… I was eagerly waiting for the complete review of the bike from past 1 month and to my disappointment, i could not find a single complete review…. Can you please let me know when we can get a complete review of honda trigger… Just wanted to know the in and outs of this bike before ordering one… Thanks…

    • kavish

      Friends,I
      hav done sm 50 kms wid my new honda trigger and hav noticed the
      following things…1.the seating for both is extremely comfortable due
      to wider seat…2.engine is amazing..bike runs very smoothly and is so
      noiseless..pick up and acceleration is better than the dazzler..3.runs
      effortlessly,one can jst dart the bike into corners..4.fully digital
      meter looks very stylish with orange lights…5.the 5-gear system is
      also very smooth and not rigid like sm bikes..6.the wider rear tyre
      holds the road while ride..7.power to pick up ratio is excellent.. 8.LED
      tail light looks stylish 9.both disk brakes provide an excellent
      braking experience..10. the claimed mileage is 67kmpl,it gave me arnd
      45kmpl..so after a couple of services one can expect a dream mileage of
      more than 50kmpl..

  • yashwanth

    Hi thanks for your review.. I have one doubt that the bike vibrate?

    • Tushar Burman

      As much as the Unicorn or Dazzler do. Nothing exceptional.

      • yashwanth

        I took a test drive some vibration i can feel. i didnt try Unicorn or Dazzler. Salce man told we didnt fit the nut and bolt its not fully finished bike so it may be like that, When the bike come to on road this type of vibration won’t be there.. I hope Honda will not deliver such a bike having vibration problem. let see :-)

        • vignesh k

          Hi yashwanth, i own a tigger i have touched till 95 kmph, yes it vibrats beyond 93 kmph

  • sini

    honda released trigger in thailand with CBR 150R engine are we indians so cheap to honda, this is not the first time , the dazzler released in china and thailand had rear sporty footpegs , but in india it was some what commuterish footpges style, odmag should ask this question to honda, honda is loosing customers cause of this no care attitude, looks like nobody is questioning this , hence people like me opt for yamaha FZ , yes yamaha

  • Sagar

    Design is nowhere close to fz standard. Honda somewhere fails to deliver a proper package. Still bits like engine kill switch, clip on handlebars, DC electricals etc are missing. Meter console design is ugly. exhaust is bdly shaped. i dont think it will even come close to pulsars or FZ’s in terms of sales.

  • Tejas

    Should i buy the unicorn or the trigger…my daily commuting is about 20-25 kms through the city.

    • Shathish

      sure go for trigger!!!

  • Yogesh Marwaha

    For me, open chain is the only item on table it misses.

  • Ganesh P

    Can you Please Suggest which Bike is good to buy, CB Unicorn, Pulsar 150 or CB Tirgger.

    Pleae suggest

    • vignesh k

      Hi, you can go with trigger,(good mileage 48-53 in city(bangalore), tubless tyre, closed chain case) , disadvantage of unicorn is no tubeless tyre and heavy mileage affects , please don’t compare with pulsor,you itself ride any 5 years old pulsor and a unicorn to feel the difference, why it should not be compared

      • Abhinav

        Hi Vignesh, from which dealer did you buy this bike in Bangalore and is it having vibration problem?

      • madhu

        Hi Vignesh,
        Could you please tell us from which dealer u buy in bangalore

  • Gany

    Using the Trigger in chennai for past one month and done almost 500 kms. Bike is very good and no vibrations i could see.. I hit a speed of 98kmph just once and did not feel any vibrations. Only downside i felt is i get a little pain in my hands.. Wondering if it has any posture problem or fault in my side !!! Lets wait to see what it has in stake for me… Otherwise i am loving my combo of bike and the LS2 helmet :)

    • Dinesh

      Hi Gany, Have u checked mileage in Chennai city traffic.. In practical how many Km u got as a mileage in trigger.. City as well in Highway

      • Jigar

        U can expect more than 50kmpl with Trigger. I have it for past 2 months and getting 52 kmpl in city after 1st service. Can expect more than that.

  • Shathish

    Trigger, better mileage than unicorn. And better features as you say.

  • sabari

    have completed 550kms and the bike is really awesome… the best motorcycle in its segment… gives me a mileage of 56 kmpl in city and 63 kmpl in highways….

    • vinoth kumar

      ur bike is give this mileage. i can’t accept this… what ur top speed?…

  • Mithi

    Does the trigger vibrate a lot ???? I mean is it manageable or nt ??? And what abt dose who have dazzlers as now dazzler prdctn is closed if ne spare part needed will it be available ??

  • saurabh wagh

    me too
    but i brought trigger

  • Rohith K

    Hi,

    I bought this bike on 24th July after comparing trigger with TVS Apache 160, Yamaha FZS & GS 150R, Finally bought this because of its claimed mileage and breaking system.. On road price deluxe- 87858/- Bangalore. Engine very smooth comfort handling. Disappointing points are its switches poor quality & bit high price, no engine kill switch. Seating and handling is comfort and i am satisfied with this bike. But i will prefer FZS to bike buyers if you are looking quality switches and wide tyres.

  • Barani

    I have used pular 150 for last 7 years….and clocked 1 lac kms…and just sold it off….and now i own a trigger…..What a difference in riding comfort with Trigger……in pulsar you get the full weight of frontwheel on your shoulders…..but in Trigger its nothing…..in pulsar u will lean forward coz of the handle bar….but the Trigger has best ergonomics…..i just love honda Trigger….am getting mileage of 55kms…

    • MukundRao

      Thanks for your valuable experience and opinion !

  • AVS

    hi guys..im planning to buy pulsar 150 but after reading about honda trigger ..I’m very confused …
    should i go for pulsar 150 or honda trigger

    • Jigar

      I have Honda Trigger and it’s awesome. I love its noiseless engine!!

  • Vicky Sameo

    HI GUYZ AM USING THIS BIKE FOR MORE THAN 2 MONTHS. I WILL POST THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS BIKE.( SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH).

    PROS:

    REFINED ENGINE SMOOTHNESS, YOU WON’T FIND IT IN PULSAR 200NS OR GS-150R.

    MONO-SUSPENSION: YOU WON’T GET BACK PAIN IF YOU TRAVEL IN DIRT ROADS, EVEN THE MONO-SUSPENSION IS BETTER THAN FZ-S.

    BRAKES: IT HAS COMBI-BREAKING SYSTEM. SO IT’S BETTER THAN ANYOTHER BIKES. WHEREAS FZ-S HAS SINGLE DISK BRAKE.

    FUEL EFFICIENCY: IT GIVES ME AVERAGE MILEAGE OF ABOVE 48- 50 IN CITY TRAFFIC ROADS( AM IN MADURAI ), 53+ ON HIGHWAYS.

    WHERE AS FZ-S WILL GIVE ONLY 36 – 40 IN CITY TRAFFIC ROADS AND 42+ IN HIGHWAYS. I EXPECT MORE MILEAGE BUT I NEED A 150CC BIKE BECOZ I

    WILL TRAVEL MORE THAN 20+KM A DAY AND I NEED A MONOSUSPENSION.

    IT COST AROUND 81K(SINGLE DISK), 85K(DUAL DISK), TO 91K(CBS), WHEREAS PULSAR IS 75K AND FZ-S IS 82K ON ROAD PRICE. IT’S NOT SO FAR IN MONEY RANGE ALSO. YOU CAN DEFINETLY SPEND THIS EXTRA 5K TO 7K BUCKS FOR MONOSUSPENSION AND DUAL DISKS. CBS COSTS EXTRA 8K, SO IT’S UNNECESSARY.

    YOU WON’T GET VIBRATE IF YOU TRAVEL MORE THAN A HOUR AT SPEED OF 60KM – 75KM SPEED, WHERE AS PULSAR WILL VIBRATE.

    CONS:

    AT THIS PRICE RANGE I EXPECT MUCH MORE STYLISH LOOK IN BIKE BUT IT LACKS( BUT LOOKS MORE STYLISH THAN PULSAR 150 OR 180, FZ-S STYLISH LOOK ALWAYS ROCKZ). BUT IT ALSO LOOK LIKE LIMITED EDITION BIKE WHEN I ROAD IT.

    IN BALANCING POINT OF VIEW FZ-S WINS BECOZ IT’S REAR TYRE IS BROADER AND HAS MORE STABILITY

    BUT IT WON’T DISAPPOINT YOU. BETTER BALANCING THAN PULSAR BECOZ IT HAS BROADER TYRE THAN PULSAR 180.

    NO SWITCH GEAR. BUT YOU CAN MAKE IT TO SWITCH GEAR BY CUTTING IT.

    BRAKING MATERIALS LOOKS OLD.

    HAND BAR LOOK OLD ONE WITH THEIR HONDA LOGO.

    FINAL VERDICT:

    IF YOU WANT STYLISH BIKE, IF YOU DON’T CARE MILEAGE, ENGINE SMOOTHNESS, YOU CAN BLINDLY GO FOR FZ-S. FOR OVERALL PACKAGE TRIGGER IS THE BEST ACCORDING TO MY POINT OF VIEW.

    SOME WILL SAY FOR MILEAGE EFFICIENCY YOU CAN GO FOR PLATINA, SPLENDER, PASSION PRO. BUT THESE BIKE WILL VIBRATE, IF YOU GO ABOVE 50+ FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES.

    FINALLY I CHOOSE THIS ONE FOR IT’S OVERALL PERFORMANCE.

    MAKE YOUR CHOICE. IT DEPENDS ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW ON BIKES.

    • shiva

      hi vicky, i have read ur review about trigger, can u tell how the bike performance is now, what is the mileage now. Even am willing to buy it.
      Thank You.

  • Parvas24

    Honda CB Trigger is a very good bike in the 150cc bike segment .The Honda company launched the Honda CB trigger as a replica of the Honda CB1000R bike , just like the Yamaha FZ-16 is a replica of the Yamaha FZ-1.

    I purchased this bike last month and rode 1000kms , first service done
    .Mileage is around 55 – 60 km/l in city , it is nearly 10kgs lighter than Honda Unicorn that Honda sells in the same 150cc segment .
    Bike has very good city handling , full foot pedal to shift gears , nice clutch , throttle response is excellent and unlike other 150cc bikes you will not feel vibrations even if you speed more than 80km you won”t know , the fully digital console is superb , even during broad daylight it is easy to see it . The rear monoshocks , full chain guard, powerful headlight , passlight , smooth engine , kick start & electric start , disc brakes , tubeless tyres , nice tail LED lights , nicely curved petrol tank ,engine cooling airintake acessory , good ground clearance . Pretty good overall package.

  • Sandeep

    Hi team overdrive :) I am 18 years old and my mom is planning
    to buy me a bike. The problem is that I am 5 ft and 4 inches. i drive
    my brothers bike which is a unicorn but my feet don’t touch the ground
    fully and i tend to lose balance. My brother told me that the avenger is
    good but then i’m not sure about it. Kindly suggest me a bike which
    give a good milage, reasonable handling and good looking too. i’ve
    selected a few bikes like the trigger, f-z, avenger and the tvs 180

  • raj

    cb trigger is having engine vibration @ 5ooo rpm above, dot buy it man..let them change.

  • Karthi

    Hi Guys, i would like to buy a bike. unicorn or trigger. could you please suggest one…

    My Requirement is..
    Should be good from long term without issue.

    should be good for city & hills .
    good pickup.

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