OFFICIAL: Honda CBR650F to reach India in 2015, premium distribution format underwork in 20 cities

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Honda CBR650RIndia launch (3)

After several speculations, there is finally some concrete piece of news about the much awaited CBR650F sports tourer from the top authorities from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI). HMSI gave a glimpse of its future readiness and previewed what customers can expect from the manufacturer in the financial year 2015-16. Honda’s “RETAIN.EXPAND.CREATE” strategy will make the Indian arm of the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer future ready. The biggest revelation during the announcements came about the Honda CBR650F.

Yadvinder S Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India confirmed the plans to introduce the CBR650F for the Indian market in 2015. Guleria also confirmed that Honda will set up a new, premium distribution format in 20 cities for the upcoming CBR 650F in India.

Honda CBR650RIndia launch (4)

Speaking about the market and product plans Guleria said, “The product roadmap for 2015 is robust with nine new products remaining to be launched in this year. For our flagship model CBR 650F, Honda is innovating by bringing a new premium distribution format in 20 top priority cities. Clearly, 2015 will be a game changer year and Honda is all set to take the next leap.”

The Honda CBR650F will compete in the middleweight sports tourer motorcycle segment which is currently occupied by the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Benelli TNT600 GT. The Honda CBR650F will be powered by a 649cc inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which will be mated to six-speed gearbox. Power output figure is rated at 87 bhp @ 11000 rpm while the torque stands at 63 Nm @ 8000 rpm. Braking duties would be performed by 320mm dual disc brakes at the front and a 240mm single disc at the rear.

Honda CBR650R India launch (3)

Honda’s decision to assemble the CBR650F in India made us believe that the upcoming motorcycle will be competitively priced. However, Honda plans to sell the CBR650F at an estimated ex-showroom price of Rs 8 lakh which is slightly higher than what most of us expected.

Click here to read more about the Curious Case Of The Honda CBR650F’s Pricing

Here are the technical specifications of the Honda CBR650F:

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC four-stroke inline four-cylinder, 16 valves
Displacement 649 cc
Bore x Stroke 67 mm x 46 mm
Compression 11.4: 1
Max Power 87 hp @ 11000 rpm
Max torque 63 nm @ 8000 rpm
Oil volume 3.5 liters
FUEL SYSTEM
Mixture preparation PGM-FI fuel injection
Tank 17.3 liters
Gasoline consumption 21 km / l (WMTC measurement cycle)
ELECTRICAL
Starter Electric starter
Battery 12 V / 8.6 AH
Alternator 343 W
Clutch Multi-disc in oil bath
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring chain
FRAME
Type Bridge-type frame, steel
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxBxH) 2110 x 755 x 1145 mm
Wheelbase 1450 mm
Steering head angle 25.50 °
Height of seat 810 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Kerb Weight 211 kg
SUSPENSION
Front 41 mm telescopic fork, 120 mm travel
Rear Swingarm with monoshock Strut, spring preload adjustable, 43.5 mm stroke
WHEELS
Front Cast aluminum 17 M / C x MT 3:50
Rear Cast aluminum 17 M / C x MT 5:50
Front Tyre Size 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Tyre Size 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
BRAKES (with ABS as standard)
Front 320 mm hydraulic disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear 240 mm disc, single-piston caliper
ELECTRICALS
Instruments Digital speedometer and bar tachometer, KM-counter, two trip meters, fuel gauge, clock
Theft protection Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.)
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low beam), 55W x 1 (high beam)
Taillight LED
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