Honda CBR 650F 2015 – Quick look and Review
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The Pros: Its stunning looks, very powerful 648.7cc engine that generates awesome power along with fuel tank capacity of 17.3 liters.
The Cons: The Sitting position is not aggressive, the indicator and horn switch position have been swapped that create problems.
The Crux: The bike is priced at 7.6 lac(ex-showroom), if don’t mind the price then this bike is right up your alley.
Earlier this year Honda Motorcycles said that they’ll be launching 15 new models. However, the one motorcycle everyone was waiting for, was the CBR 650F. Well we were finally able to get our hands on it and now it’s time to see if it’s worth all the hype.
The suspension is handled by 41mm telescopic forks in the front and a monoshock at the rear. For a motorcycle of this calibre we would have expected upside down forks in the front and an adjustable rear monoshock for preload and rebound. The contoured seat is firm enough to leave you and your pillion happy both while riding in the city and on long rides. The CBR 650F can be brought to a stop using the twin 320mm petal rotor front disc brakes or it 240mm single petal disc at rear. ABS comes standard and it comes with an option of two tyres, Dunlop or Metzeler. Either way both offer great grip and will keep you planted on the road.
Verdict: The CBR 650F is imported into India via the CKD route and assembled at their plant in Manesar. This was expected to bring the price down and deliver a good blow to any rivals. But unfortunately the CBR 650F is priced at 7.6lakhs(ex-showroom Mumbai). Price wise its closest competitor is the Kawasaki Z800. But we know that the CBR650F cannot be compared to the Kawasaki Z800 since one is a sports tourer and one is a naked street fighter. However the Indian market hasn't evolved enough to differentiate between the two and hence when you compare both, the Z800 does seem to appeal both to the heart and the head.
However I you still want a fully faired sports tourer that has 4 cylinders and you don't mind the price. Then the CBR 650F is right up your alley.