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Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India has launched the CBR650R in the Indian market. The new Honda CBR650R comes with a price tag of Rs 7.70 lakh, ex-showroom (India). The CBR650R replaces the CBR650F in the Indian market, which was recently discontinued.
The new Honda CBR650R was first unveiled at the 2018 EICMA. Bookings for the CBR650R officially began back in February 2019 itself, for a starting price of Rs 15,000. The motorcycle will be sold through the brand's 22 premium 'Wing World' outlets, as well as the new 'Big Wing' outlet, which was recently introduced — here are more details on the new Honda BigWing Outlet.
The Honda CBR650R comes with a number of updates in design, compared to the CBR650F. This includes dual-headlamp units, exposed engine and a tail section which has been cut short to add to its unique character.
The CBR650R also draws design inspirations from its larger sibling, the Fireblade. The Honda CBR650R continues to be a sport-tourer. It features clip-on handlebars which have been lowered by 30mm, giving the motorcycle a more committed riding position. This is further accentuated by the rear footpegs which are set further back compared to the 650F model.
Other features on the Honda CBR650R: LED headlamps, fully-digital LCD instrument cluster, Selectable Torque Control, slipper-clutch and a quick-shifter.
The Honda CBR650R comes powered by a 649cc liquid-cooled inline-four cylinder engine. It produces 95bhp at 12,000rpm and 64Nm of peak torque at 8,500rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The Honda CBR650R has a fuel tank capacity of 15.4-litres and claims an average fuel efficiency of around 20km/l.
The 2019 Honda CBR650R comes with 41mm Showa USD forks at the front and a mono shock at the rear. Braking is handled by dual disc set up at the front with radially-mounted calipers at the front and a single disc set up at the rear, supported by dual-channel ABS.
The Honda CBR650R is further available in two colour options - Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic and Grand Prix Red.
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior VP - Sales and Marketing, HMSI Pvt. Ltd. stated:
"It was just last week that we announced the establishment of new premium big bike business vertical - the Honda BigWing in India. CBR650R further strengthens the model line up to be sold & serviced under Honda BigWing. Delivering a sporty & powerful performance with Honda's Racing pedigree, the all new CBR650R is set to excite middleweight biking enthusiasts."
Thoughts On The Honda CBR650R India Launch
The Honda CBR650R is the latest entrant to the highly competitive middleweight motorcycle segment in the Indian market. The 500 to 800cc segment has a number of motorcycles, with the Royal Enfield 650-Twins leading the sales chart. The Honda CBR650R rivals the likes of the Triumph Street Triple, the RE 650-Twins and the recently launched Suzuki GSX-S750.