Road Prince Wego 150cc was launched with a potential competitor Yamaha YBR125 and YBR125G. The test ride of Wego 150cc demands an unbiased comparison with YBR125. Generally, the label ‘Road Prince’ will not compel the buyers to spend Rs 180,000/- without a sound reason. I would sincerely suggest the buyers not to underestimate Wego 150cc before taking a test ride first. An overall comparison based on my personal experience would help you analyze both bikes in a better way. Also, the point of this comparison is to compare two new bikes of the market, and not just the engine capacity of the bikes. Its not about 125cc bikes vs 150cc bikes, but the point is to help readers understand overall which bike is better than the other.
In terms of overall looks, both the bikes are better than Honda CG125 and Honda 125 Deluxe. Wego 150cc has an absolute sports bike shape whereas YBR125 has a semi sports bike appearance. Wego 150cc is few inches shorter in height than YBR125. From the perspective of sports bikes, Wego 150cc has a more dynamic design. Wego exhaust looks quite attractive with a black wrap.
Most of the YBR users got their exhausts changed complaining about the odd sound of YBR125. Initially, the exhaust of YBR125 sounded disappointing but after completion of break-in period, the sound effect improved a lot. However, Road Prince Wego 150cc has an energetic and spirited sound. Whether its idling or when you are turning the throttle, Wego 150cc sounds much better than YBR125. Overall Wego takes lead on YBR in exhaust notes department.
Wego 150cc is far behind when it comes to riding comfort compared to YBR125. Especially, when you are riding on Wego 150cc as a passenger, you won’t feel at ease. Pillion riding is noticeably uncomfortable on Road Prince. The passenger’s footrest and the height of passenger’s seat makes an uncomfortable seating angle. Furthermore, as for the main rider, the half lever gear in Wego 150cc adds much to its discomfort. On the other hand, YBR seat is ample and ideal flexibility of shocks does not let you feel the fatigue of riding.
As I mentioned in my previous article, the performance of Wego 150 was beyond my expectations. A 10 minutes test ride was enough to convince me that it had great pickup speed and acceleration for its engine size. It touched 85 km/h in 3rd gear without any sort of vibration or engine rattling. However, YBR users have complained about missing when throttling it hard.
Also Read: Yamaha YBR125 – First Ride
Both Yamaha YBR and Road Prince Wego 150 have a 5 speed transmission first forward rest upward shift gearbox, i.e. you engage first gear downwards and rest of the gears upwards from below the shortened gear lever and neutral in between the first and second gear halfway to the back. Unlike the linear/sequential shift pattern of bikes, this gear pattern takes time to get used to at first. The neutral in between the first and second gear halfway to the back. Both gearboxes perform well with their respective bikes, although there is general concern among YBR owners about the fuel cutout issue between 4th and 5th gears.
After the test ride article on Wego 150cc, a common question asked was the material of parts used in this bike. Well, if you compare its quality of parts with those of YBR125, it’s not that impressive. YBR125 itself isn’t that impressive when it comes to parts and build quality, but in comparison to Wego 150cc, YBR125 seemed better to me. Wego needs to justify the cost of bike, only engine cc and styling won’t satisfy the savvy customers.