Honda CBR650F to be made in India at a price below 7 lakh

When we first got news that Honda will be presenting the CBR650F at the Auto Expo, it was assumed that either it was in usual Auto Expo style just a presentation and one that would never come here, especially due to the great rules in our country that forbids below 800cc bikes to be CBU’s. Also a CKD route for this beauty was just not on anybody’s mind. Either ways the bike would have resulted being extremely costly for its price. But Honda had a solution to every problem and what a solution that was. Honda announced at the Auto Expo 2014 that the Honda CBR650F will be completely made in India from 2015 and also announced a rough estimate price of below 7 lakh for the bike. Wow! Way to go Honda! This has to be the best news to come in terms of an inline four yet in India and in fact it will be the most affordable inline four cylinder motorcycle as well, with all the remaining inline fours reserved to the big litre bikes.

The Honda CBR650F is one of those motorcycles in the Honda range that strikes a beautiful balance between a purebred sports bike and a sports tourer. The engine has all the kick to keep you on the edge, while the ergonomics ensure a very comfortable ride. The power figures for the CBR650F lie at 85.8 HP @11,000 RPM and 63 Nm of torque @ 8000 RPM. The bike has a kerb weight of 211 kgs and a fuel tank of 17.3 litres. The CBR650F for India will be made at Honda’s new upcoming plant at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where operations will begin early next year. Below is a detailed look at the CBR650F specifications.

Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Displacement 649cc
Bore ´ Stroke 67 x 46mm
Compression Ratio 11.4:1
Max. Power Output 64kW @ 11,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 63Nm @ 8,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Oil Capacity 3.5L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.3L
Fuel Consumption 59.3mpg
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
ACG Output 343W
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive #525 O-ring sealed chain
FRAME
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,110mm x 755mm x 1,145mm
Wheelbase 1,450mm
Caster Angle 25.5°
Trail 101mm
Seat Height 810mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight 211kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front 41mm conventional telescopic fork 120mm stroke
Type Rear Monoshock damper with adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke
WHEELS
Type Front Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT5.5
Tyres Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyres Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2-channel
Type Front 320 x 5.0mm dual hydraulic disc with dual-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 240 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and resin mold pads
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, digital clock
Security System HISS
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low)/55W x 1 (high)
Taillight LED