Like the CBR 250R but find it a bit sluggish? Honda might just have the ideal solution now that it has unveiled its bigger brother – the CBR 500R at the ongoing 2014 Auto Expo. Known across the globe as an all-round touring motorcycle, the CBR 500R has finally arrived in India.
Powering the CBR 500R is a 471cc, parallel twin engine producing 46bhp of power. Mated to it is a six-speed gearbox tuned for long-distance touring. Design wise, there’s very little differentiating the 500R and Honda’s flagship litre-class machine – the 1000RR, especially from the front. However, the former differentiates itself with its meaty exhaust can and a rather sedate looking tail.
Honda will launch the CBR 500R in India later this year. When launched, the bike will go up against the less powerful although equally exciting Kawasaki Ninja 300R.