Honda’s middleweight sports tourer, the Honda CBR650F was loved by many in our country. However, Honda discontinued the model some time back. However, that did not disappoint customers as the Japanese bike manufacturer soon filled the void by launching the brand new CBR650R, at an attractive price of INR 7.70 Lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India. With the bookings opened up in February, Honda has started delivering the motorcycle to its owners. The customers finally get to ride home in their brand new toy, which they have received after a rather long waiting period of over 3 months.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The new CBR650R defines true sporty and powerful performance with Honda’s racing pedigree. The motorcycle has received good response and we are confident that it will altogether provide a new experience to young passionate riders. We are happy to commence deliveries to our booking customers and wish them an exciting journey ahead”
Powered by a 649cc liquid cooled four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine. Going all the way till 12,000 rpm in this bike, the engine is rated to produce 88.4 bhp of power @ 11,500 rpm and 60.1 Nm of torque @ 8,000 rpm. Borrowing styling cues from its elder sibling, the Honda Fireblade, the CBR650R is quite a looker and is available in two colour options – Grand Prix Redand Gunpowder Black Metallic.
The Indian spec model comes with a slipper clutch as well as a Honda’s Selectable Torque Control System. This complex electrical aid prevents the rear wheel from spinning and helps the rider maintain control of the bike in tricky situations. Moreover, the rider chooses to, then this system can be switched off for more raw riding experience. The chassis of the new bike is 6 kg lighter than the model it replaces and is suspended by an adjustable Showa Separate Function Fork in the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. Anchorage duties are done by twin radially mounted callipers in the front and a single calliper at the rear, governed by a dual channel ABS unit. With deliveries starting soon, we shall see many CBR650Rs on the road soon.