Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) has begun deliveries of its newest middleweight sportbike, the Honda CBR650R from the Honda BigWing Gurugram showroom. The Honda CBR650R, assembled in India from completely knocked down (CKD) kits, is priced at ₹ 7.70 lakh (ex-showroom), and replaces the Honda CBR650F. The CBR650R is powered by a 649 cc, in-line four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which puts out 87 bhp at 11,500 rpm and 60.1 Nm of peak torque at 8000 rpm. The CBR650R is available in two colours - Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black.
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"The new CBR650R defines true sporty and powerful performance with Honda's racing pedigree. The motorcycle has received good response and we are confident that it will all together provide a new experience to young passionate riders. We are happy to commence deliveries to our booking customers and wish them an exciting journey ahead," said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd.
The Honda CBR650R gets the 'R' suffix, underscoring a change in the middleweight sportbike's position from a more touring-oriented Honda CBR650F to one with a sportier personality. With styling inspired by the litre-class Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, the CBR650R features new styling with its sharp, aggressive lines and extended side fairings, together with a sportier riding position. The CBR650R also gets full-LED lighting, and a digital LCD display.
On the mechanical front, the Honda CBR650R also features a slipper clutch to aid in rapid downshifting and also Honda's traction control system, called the Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC), which is switchable. The CBR650R's chassis is also 6 kg lighter than the CBR650F, and is said to be more agile with tauter handling. Suspension is handled by 41 mm upside down Showa Separate Function Forks (SFF), and braking is handled by 310 mm twin front discs with Nissin four-pot calipers and a single 240 mm rear disc with standard dual-channel ABS. The new Honda CBR650R is available on sale at the Honda BigWing dealership in Gurugram, as well as 22 Honda WingWorld dealerships around the country.