Great news for Indian bike enthusiasts! According to reports, Honda has initiated the process of bringing in their new middleweight sports bike, the CBR 650F to India. The company has imported a CBR 650F into the country in the last week of June 2014 for research and development purposes. This means that the bike could potentially be launched in India by late-2015, early-2016, as Honda promised at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi earlier this year. The CBR 650F should be assembled from imported CKD kits at the company’s new manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
A screenshot of the listing on Zauba.com, a website that tracks imports and exports in India, confirming the fact that Honda has indeed imported a CBR 650F into the country for R&D purposes.
Honda is looking to impress the Indian audience with the multi-faceted CBR 650F. The bike is a fully-faired version of the CB 650F naked street bike. The CBR 650F is a genuine sportsbike, powered by a 649cc liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder engine. The motor boasts of a DOHC valve-train layout with 4 valves per cylinder and high torque outputs especially within the 4000rpm limit. The engine produces a maximum power output of 85.8bhp at 11,000rpm and a peak torque of 63.04Nm at 8000rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. This should make for blisteringly quick acceleration, and good tractability in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Highway-cruises and long-distance rides should also be an enjoyable and pleasurable affair on the CBR 650F.
A mono-shock with seven step preload adjustability and 41mm diameter telescopic units are responsible for ironing out the effects of potholes and speed bumps, while keeping it stable when cornering at speed. The braking unit consists of two 320mm diameter petal disc brakes on the front and a single caliper 240mm diameter petal disc brake on the back. The curb weight is around 210 kilograms.
Honda is looking to enthrall Indian consumers with the talented CBR 650F, which will be taking on the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R and Triumph Street Triple 675 here. Expect it to be priced at a point less than Rs 6 lakhs on-road.