The Modern Indian motorcyclist has a lot of options to choose from, with the likes of Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha and many more brands bringing in their big guns to the Indian soil. Honda has been a bit late to the party but they’ve got the perfect tool to make a statement in this highly competitive and price conservative market.
The Honda CBR 650F is essentially a fully faired sport touring motorcycle and even though it’s been christened CBR it’s not a super-sport. Powering the bike is a phenomenal 650cc inline 4 motor which produces 87 PS and a healthy 63 Nm of torque and with a wet weight of 205 kg, it should be a decent performer too. The 650F also sports a full LED instrument cluster which gives the bike a very futuristic feel. Braking is achieved with a dual 320mm petal discs along with a single 240mm rear disc. Suspension on the other hand, seems pretty basic with Honda opting out of inverted forks and going for a 41mm telescopic front fork and a standard monoshock at the rear. The rubber on this machine is definitely top notch with a 120/70/ZR17 front tyre and a huge 180/55/ZR17 for the rear.
The CBR is definitely a looker with a fully faired body, clip on handle bars, a minimalistic rear tail and the conservative silver plated under seat exhausts. The bike definitely has top quality fit and finish and gives a polished and robust feel only premium motorcycles can boast. The aluminium rear swing arm is sophisticated and well designed. This Honda is definitely going to grab you the eye balls!
Pricing of the CBR is pretty crucial and Honda has announced an Ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs. 7.3 Lakhs. The CBR650F faces its stiffest competition against the Kawasaki Ninja 650, the Triumph Street 675 and the Benelli BN600GT. The CBR is definitely the most powerful of the lot and with Honda’s reputation could be the safest and most reliable too. How the Honda performs in the real world, especially on Indian roads is something we will find out soon enough. Stay tuned for a full review!