Honda CBR650F with all of its 4 cylinders launching by March 2015: Report

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Honda CBR650RIndia launch (3)

Honda officially announced the CBR 650F for our performance starved nation at the 2014 Auto Expo. We also reported to you back in June 2014 when the first examples of the CBR650F were imported to India for testing by Honda. Now the next big news in the sequence is that the first ever four-cylinder motorcycle to be made in India is closer to launch reality than we ever imagined.

The Honda CBR650F boasts some tasty specs, which though probably not so impressive in developed countries, has had bike enthusiasts in India drooling ever since they were introduced to its launch prospects. Powering the big Honda for India would be a 643 cc in line four cylinder engine mated to a six speed gearbox wrapped in a twin spar frame. Power output is a more than sufficient 87 bhp @ 11000 rpm and torque stands at 63 Nm @ 8000 rpm. Dual disc brakes with 320mm rotors up front and a 240mm rear perform the job of dropping the anchors.

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While motorcycle enthusiasts have been awaiting the CBR650F eagerly, not many would bet on the motorcycle hitting the showrooms anytime soon. However, a report from Autocar India suggests that HMSI is all geared to see it rolling off the showrooms by March 2015. Now that’s not too far away, and all of us who thought that the KTM RC390 is the best we could get, have a reason to postpone our buying decision, and continue saving (even more obsessively)

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One disheartening aspect about the CBR650F in the aforementioned report is the fact that the some components of the motorcycles will have to brought in via the CKD route. Now that’s not good from a pricing standpoint, and may just push this dream a few more miles away from the starry eyed fans.

In any case, what really matters is the final sticker price of the motorcycle when it rolls out of the showroom. At what (practical) price do you think would this machine become an absolute blockbuster? Do let us know your thoughts via comments.

ENGINE
TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC four-stroke inline four-cylinder, 16 valves
Displacement649 cc
Bore x Stroke67 mm x 46 mm
Compression11.4: 1
Max Power87 hp @ 11000 rpm
Max torque63 nm @ 8000 rpm
Oil volume3.5 liters
FUEL SYSTEM
Mixture preparationPGM-FI fuel injection
Tank17.3 liters
Gasoline consumption21 km / l (WMTC measurement cycle)
ELECTRICAL
StarterElectric starter
Battery12 V / 8.6 AH
Alternator343 W
ClutchMulti-disc in oil bath
Transmission6-speed
Final DriveO-ring chain
FRAME
TypeBridge-type frame, steel
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxBxH)2110 x 755 x 1145 mm
Wheelbase1450 mm
Steering head angle25.50 °
Height of seat810 mm
Ground clearance130 mm
Kerb Weight211 kg
SUSPENSION
Front41 mm telescopic fork, 120 mm travel
RearSwingarm with monoshock Strut, spring preload adjustable, 43.5 mm stroke
WHEELS
FrontCast aluminum 17 M / C x MT 3:50
RearCast aluminum 17 M / C x MT 5:50
Front Tyre Size120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Tyre Size180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
BRAKES (with ABS as standard)
Front320 mm hydraulic disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear240 mm disc, single-piston caliper
ELECTRICALS
InstrumentsDigital speedometer and bar tachometer, KM-counter, two trip meters, fuel gauge, clock
Theft protectionHonda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.)
Headlight12V, 55W x 1 (low beam), 55W x 1 (high beam)
TaillightLED

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