Honda bikes to rule the Indian roads in 2015, CBR 500 & CBR 650F to be locally manufactured
If you are a fan of Honda bikes then 2015 is the year that will make your heart skip a beat.
Honda plans to take the Indian motorcycle market by storm in 2015. The company plans to unleash at least 4 new Honda bikes (CBR models) from capacities ranging from 150cc all the way up to 650cc, its open game for everyone!
Honda was the first motorcycle company to enter the quarter litre segment with the CBR250R. Since its introduction, no upgrade has been made to the CBR250R. The Japanese automaker wants to rectify this situation by not introducing one, but 4 new Honda bikes from the CBR family. Honda has set up a new production unit at Vithalapur in Ahmedabad, where it`s Vice President Mr. Y. S. Guleria said, “We announce that (from) next year Honda will start making CBR 650 in India. By this, we will not only open up the skill of our existing manpower but it will also showcase Honda India’s manufacturing quality to the world.”
Since the CBR 500 will be locally manufactured, hence offering a world-class product at an affordable price. The CBR 500 was showcased at the 2014 Auto-expo, and it didn’t disappoint. It had a low center of gravity (for better handling) and high-set clip on handlebars. The CBR 500 is Honda`s only 2 cylinder offering, producing 47 PS and 43Nm of torque. Importing a unit from Thailand would set you back by 3.83 Lakh, so expect the bike to cost approximately that much.
The CBR 650F will be powered by a 649cc, liquid cooled, 16-valve, inline-four engine. There will be a 6-speed transmission which will utilize 87 bhp and 64 Nm of max torque. It is built on a Twin-Spar steel frame, which is well balanced and is of high quality. It comes with Anti-lock braking system as well, which provides the stopping power for the beastly engine. The highlight of the bike will be the exhaust system, in which all the 4 exhausts are mated into one, to make music for your ears.
Doing duty at the front are 120/70 and 180/55 radial tyres at the rear. Dual disc brake set up at the front, and single-disc at the back provides the stopping power. 41mm front forks and single shock spring-preload adjustability comprise the suspension system. Apart from these two Honda bikes other CBR’s will be there, the CBR 150R and CBR 250R.