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Honda CBR650F launched in India at Rs. 7.3 lakhs

Honda CBR 650F launch graced by Akshay Kumar

The long awaited performance motorcycle from Honda, the CBR650F has finally made its debut in the very competitive Indian middle-weight motorcycle category. Launched at the ongoing RevFest, Honda has priced the CBR650F at Rs. 7.30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The latest four-cylinder offering comes as a unique product among other bikes in the segment. The RevFest is being held in eight different cities simultaneously to celebrate Honda’s new performance bikes.

Honda CBR650F

The Honda CBR650F has become the first sports tourer in the segment and gets impressive styling to make it stand out from the crowd. The single-piece headlight unit integrates seamlessly with the front fairing, but the fuel tank gets a contemporary design. Sporting upright handlebars for comfortable riding, the step up seats are very comfortable as well. Coming to the heart of the bike, the Honda CBR650F is powered by a fuel injected 649cc in-line four-cylinder DOHC engine. The engine churns out 87 PS of power at 11,000 RPM, 62 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The bike can reach a top speed of 225 km/hr and reach the 100 km/hr mark from standstill in less than 4 seconds.

Honda CBR 650F side view

To make it exclusive, the Japanese manufacturer will be retailing the tourer from 14 dealerships across 13 cities, featuring the elite ‘Wing World’ outlets. These premium dealerships will have specially trained personnel to talk with the customers. The latest CBR rides on upside down forks at the front and a spring-preload adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. The front gets twin 320 mm disc brakes while the rear makes do with a single 240 mm disc and ABS comes as standard.

Currently the CBR 650F comes with 5 percent localization, the same is expected to increase in the future thereby enabling Honda to make it a formidable rival in the segment to fight it out with the  likes of the Benelli TNT 600i, Benelli TNT 600 GT, Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster 796 and the Kawasaki Z800. Other than the CBR650R, the company also launched the new CBR250R facelift, CBR150R facelift and the CB Hornet 160R in India.