Honda Motorcycles India introduced the CBR 650F in India in August 2015, however, its high price did put off a number of potential customers. The high price-tag was more of a concern for buyers since the motorcycle was assembled in India and not imported, which gave relaxation in duties to the company. Now though, the motorcycle manufacturer is offering a discount of up to Rs 1 lakh on the CBR 650F in order to clear current stocks as the existing model is compliant to BSIII emission norms only. The same was confirmed by a company dealership in New Delhi.
According to a recent decision by the government, all two-wheelers in India have to comply with BSIV emission norms and have AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) by 1st April, 2017. Motorcycles not adhering to these guidelines cannot be sold after the said date. While AHO is already a part of the motorcycle, it misses out on the emission compliance.
Powering the CBR 650F is a 648.72 cc, four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 85 hp of power at 11,000 rpm and 62.9 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycle has always been sold by Honda as a sports-tourer and not as a track-oriented motorcycle. The CBR 650F has a steel diamond frame and the suspension duties are carried out by a 41 mm telescopic fork upfront and a 7-stage spring preloaded adjustable monoshock at the rear.
The company showcased a facelifted version of the CBR 650 at the 2016 EICMA Motorcycle Show. The upcoming middleweight will also be offered through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route, however, will comply with the upcoming emission norms. A marginal increase in power is also expected, but, the underbelly exhaust and the rest of the mechanical should be carried over from the existing model. Honda is speculated to give the sports-tourer a complete makeover by 2018.