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Honda launches upgraded BSIV CBR650F

Our Bureau | Updated on January 08, 2018

The sports bike gets a new exhaust note with fresh looks and design

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India earlier this week launched the new version of its mid-weight sports motorcycle — the CBR650F. The motorcycle was pulled from the market earlier this year and returns with a BSIV compliant engine and a host of changes to the exterior and the design.

Among the changes are a new 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve type fork that provides better control — according to a Honda press release — and new bronzed engine highlights and styling and design cues that are reminiscent of the heavier, more powerful CBR1000RR Fireblade.

With regard to the other upgrades to its looks, the motorcycle gets a new LED headlamp enclosed by a fresh fairing and an LED tail lamp too. Honda claims that the exhaust note is now better and ‘wilder’, which could be attributed to the new dual-pass internal structure for the exhaust.

The BSIV version of the DOHC in-line four-cylinder 649 cc mill churns out about 85 hp of power at 11,000 rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox, with revised gear ratios, Honda said. Braking too gets an upgrade with the new dual-piston Nissin front calipers and sintered metal pads on the dual 320 mm front discs.

The motorcycle is available at an unchanged price of ₹7.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in two colours — Millennium Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.

Published on October 12, 2017

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