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Honda CBR 650F launched in India. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched the 2017 Honda CBR 650F in the Indian market at a price of Rs 7.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The facelifted version of the motorcycle features several cosmetic changes and a few mechanical changes.
The 2017 Honda CBR 650F retains the basic design of the previous model and hence has the same basic outline. Styling cues from the CBR 1000RR Fireblade have now made the motorcycle look more aggressive.
The motorcycle features a new LED headlamp which looks distinctly different thought the design remains nearly the same. The way it is housed makes the difference, as the motorcycle is now sharper-looking. Also helping in the looks department are the new colours - Millennium Red & Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.
Powering the 2017 Honda CBR 650F is a liquid-cooled, 649cc, inline four-cylinder DOHC engine which develops a maximum power output of 86bhp and a peak torque output of 60Nm (A decrease of 2.4Nm). The engine is mated to a new 6-speed short ratio gearbox which according to Honda has made the mid-range of the motorcycle even stronger.
The engine on the Honda CBR 650F has always been a great motor, especially for sport touring, however, it lacked the exhaust note that one would expect from a 4-cylinder engine. That has now changed with the new model, as it features a dual-pass internal structure in the exhaust system as opposed to the older triple-pass system.
New 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve front forks have made their way onto the new model. The new suspension system up front claims to offer better control to the rider it is now lighter and regulates how much compression damping can be reinforced. At the rear, the motorcycle uses the same monoshock suspension unit with 7-stage spring preload adjustment as before.
Braking too has improved on the 2017 Honda CBR 650F, as it now features sintered metal pads on 320 mm dual hydraulic front discs up front and resin molded pads on a 240mm disc at the rear.
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, the Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, "The new CBR650F, delivers a strong dose of CBR series sporting intent and style. With a great combination of sporty style & powerful performance of inline 4 cylinder engine, CBR650F has got a long list of enthusiastic riders."
The new Honda CBR 650F now comes across as a motorcycle with excellent value, as Honda has launched the new model at the same price as the outgoing model. More features and better looks for the same price. The Honda CBR 650F with the new changes made to it, is now more capable as a sports tourer.