Japanese giant Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) are looking to introduce their 650cc sports bike, namely the CBR650F by July this year. This bike will join the popular CBR stable in India which includes the CBR150R, the CBR250R and the CBR1000R.
Company officials have issued a statement saying that this new bike will be brought in as CKDs and assembled in India as a part of the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative. This bike will be one of the proposed 7 new bikes to be launched this year. This move by HMSI clearly shows the company’s ambitions to garner valuable market share in the highly-potential sub-650cc segment in India.
The CBR650F is powered by a 649cc 4-cylinder fuel-injected engine that develops 87bhp at 11,000 rpm and has a torque output of 62.7 Nm at 8000 rpm. This unit is mated to a smooth shifting 6-speed gearbox. Honda plans to tune the engine with Indian conditions in mind to aid stress-free riding. The CBR650F will also come with features such as twin digital screens, and weight-saving aluminium swingarm.
Honda has done its fair share in ensuring that this new bike is as safe as possible for leisure riding. The CBR650F comes with powerful twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, with ABS as standard. This should come as a boon in a country where the riding conditions can be mildly put as challenging.
The Honda CBR650F is expected to be priced in the region of Rs 7 lakhs, and will compete with the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 650, the Triumph Street Triple, and the upcoming Benelli TNT 600 GT.