Honda will be launching the much-awaited CBR 650F sometime later in 2015. It will compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 650 in India, but may be priced higher at around Rs 8 lakh
Honda will begin assembly of the CBR650F at its Manesar plant near Gurgaon, and according to Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India officials, 95 per cent of the components will be imported and only 5 per cent will be sourced from local component manufacturers. The CBR650F will be assembled and sold in India and will not be exported to other markets. Initially, Honda plans to manufacture two units of the CBR650F every day
The CBR 650F houses a 649cc, liquid-cooled, in-line-four motor pumping out 87PS at 11,000rpm and 63Nm at 8,000rpm, an advantage of 15PS over the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and in terms of torque rating it’s just one Nm down. The motor is mated to a six-speed transmission
The Honda CBR650F employs a steel twin-spar frame while the swingarm has been crafted from aluminium. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm forks at front and preload adjustable monoshock setup at the back. Braking is done by disc brakes at front and rear while ABS will be standard.