Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI) has started taking the bookings for its high-end sports motorcycle CBR650F in the country. Interested people can now book the bike for a token amount of Rs. 50,000.
The Honda CBR650F is powered by a 649cc 4-cylinder double overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The fully-faired bike’s performance is rated at 86bhp, while peak torque stands at 62Nm.
Honda had announced in October last year that it will start making the CBR -650 in India, which will allow the company to price the bike competitively. However, Honda is yet to finalise the facility where it will manufacture the bike. Also, we are told the localisation level for the Honda CBR650F will stand at about 14 per cent.
The bikemaker has a total of four plants in the country – in Vithalapur, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Karnataka. Y S Guleria, Vice President, HMSI, had earlier said, “The purpose (to start manufacturing the bike in India) is to build in India and also the affordability aspect will be considered for customers with Make in India commitment.
Upon its launch, the Honda CBR650F will compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Benelli TNT600 GT. We expect the bike to be priced between Rs. 6 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh.