The 2019 CBR650R is more powerful and almost 6 kilograms lighter than its predecessor the CBR650F
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) have launched the 2019 CBR650R in India priced at Rs 7.70 Lakhs (ex-showroom Pan-India). The motorcycle is priced Rs 30,000 more than its predecessor the CBR650F which it replaced. The recently launched motorcycle is available in two colour options including the Grand Prix red and matte gunpowder black.
It will be available across the 22 Wing World dealerships and also at the exclusive Honda BigWing dealership in Gurugram, India. That said, the CBR650R is powered by a 649 cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine that produces about 94 bhp at 12,000 rpm and 64 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm on the international model.
Compared to its predecessor the new motorcycle has received a 5 per cent increment in its overall power output. Surprisingly for India, though Honda has decided to offer the engine in a different state of tune. The Indian spec CBR650R produces about 87 bhp of maximum power at 11,500 rpm and 60.1 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
Like we already mentioned the new CBR650R replaced the CBR650F and apart from getting a host of mechanical and cosmetic updates the motorcycle also dropped the ‘F’ suffix and adopted the ‘R’ suffix behind its name which also denotes a change towards sportier personality. The 2019 CBR650R takes its styling cues from the liter-class CBR1000RR Fireblade.
It gets a more aggressive front profile and sharper rear profile. The motorcycle now also features LED headlamp towards the front, a full digital display and clip-on handlebars.
In terms of equipment, the CBR650R features a slipper clutch and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that can also be turned off with a press of a button. The reworked chassis has helped in reducing the overall weight of the motorcycle by almost 6 kilograms.
The CBR650R rely on a 41 mm Showa Separate Fork Function (SFF) USD forks towards the front and a monoshock setup towards the rear. The braking duties are handled by a 310 mm twin front discs that now features new radially mounted Nissin four-pot calipers while the rear wheel gets a 240 mm single disc. A dual channel ABS comes as standard for the safety of the rider.
“It was just last week that we announced the establishment of new premium big bike business vertical – the Honda BigWing in India. The CBR650R further strengthens the model line up to be sold and serviced under Honda BigWing. Delivering a sporty and powerful performance with Honda’s Racing pedigree, the all new CBR650R is set to excite middleweight biking enthusiasts,” said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited.