About Honda CBR650F
Honda made its foray into the lucrative middleweight sports touring segment with the CBR650F. This locally assembled motorcycle has been pegged as a multipurpose motorcycle which can take care of commuting, sport ridingas well as long distance touring.
The CBR650F’s design has been heavily influenced by the bigger supersports motorcycles from Honda’s stables, especially the CBR600RR, though the single headlamp unit at the front sets it apart from the rest of the range. The CBR650F is offered in a single HRC-inspired paint scheme with red, white and blue tri-colour paint, which complements the blacked out frame and the six-spoke alloy wheels. The CBR650F gets a fully electronic twin pod instrument cluster which displays a speedometer, bar tachometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge and a clock. It also comes with an electronic anti-theft device called Honda Ignition Security System (HISS).
The CBR650F is built around a twin-spar steel frame, housing a 649cc 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine. This engine puts out 86bhp and 63Nm of torque through a six-speed gearbox. The CBR650F rides on conventional 41mm forks at the front and a monoshock in the rear with a seven-stage spring-preload adjust. Braking power is provided by dual 320mm petal discs at the front and a single 240mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as a standard fitment.
As a sports tourer, the CBR650F competes with other cheaper motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja 650, Benelli TNT 600GT and the Hyosung GT650R. Customer with a budget of around Rs 8 lakh can also opt for other streetfighters like the Kawasaki Z800, Ducati Scrambler or the Triumph Street Triple.