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Honda CBR650F dispatched to dealership; launch imminent

Honda CBR650F launch soon

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India rules the automatic scooter segment and is now looking to explore the locally built medium displacement bike space.

Ahead of its launch which is expected in few weeks, Honda CBR650F sports tourer has shown up at a dealership in North India. This strongly indicates that HMSI’s Manesar plant has started assembling the motorcycle.

Honda CBR650F launch soon

Top-end variant would offer ABS.

Showcased at last year’s Auto Expo, CBR650F is a fully faired sportsbike which offers a touring-friendly riding stance and a comfortable single piece seat. Visual highlights include a shield-shaped headlamp, a purposeful windshield, bulky fairing, extremely short and funky silencer, and a chunky alloy swing arm.

A 649 cc in-line four-cylinder liquid-cooled motor discharges the propulsion duty in association with a 6-speed gearbox. Power and torque figures stand at 87 bhp and 62 Nm of torque respectively. Sporty exhaust note, effortless performance and good refinement would be CBR650F’s strong suits.

Honda CBR650F CKD India

CBR650F would be sold only through select outlets across the country.

Honda’s first locally assembled high-end bike has nominal local content. It’s said that initially only very few units will be made everyday and Honda is expected to scale it up to match the demand.

With an estimated price tag of less than INR 10 lakhs (ex-showroom), Honda will position the CBR650F above its primary rival Benelli TNT 600i (600 cc inline four-cylinder motor). Price wise, the Honda will have several competitors across brands like Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki, etc.

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