Honda has launched the new version of CBR650F with few updates for this year and has priced it at the same price as that of the old model, Rs. 7.30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the bookings are now open with the booking amount being Rs. 25000/- (deliveries to commence in the next two months).
The new CBR650F gets some changes and the major one of them is the front LED headlamp. And when seen carefully, its design looks more like a fox (the wild animal) to me and this is the reason I guess why Honda says, “the wild doesn’t always Scream”. Coming to the next change, there are now ducts added in the fairing so as to make it a more aerodynamic bike. The new CBR650F is now equipped with Showa Dual Bending Valve type fork at the front as they offer better damping control and the rear continues to get a single monoshock which offers 7-stage spring preload adjustment.
Another major change seen on this bike is its brakes. The front 320mm dual hydraulic discs of CBR650F are now equipped with new dual-piston Nissin front calipers and sintered metal pads. The rear braking is carried out by the same 240mm single hydraulic disc with a single-piston caliper and resin mold pads. the bike gets dual channel ABS as standard.
The 2017 CBR650F gets the same 648.72cc, inline-four cylinder, DOHC engine. But the intake valve is now redesigned and exhaust valve as well, as now the new 4 into 1 exhaust employs a dual-pass internal structure instead of triple-pass in the muffler, reducing back pressure and delivering wilder exhaust note. The international version of this bike has received an increase of 4 BHP in its total power output which makes it 90 BHP, however, the Indian market continues to get the same old power output of 85 BHP at 11000 rpm. On the other hand, the torque seems to have fallen down slightly by 2.4 Nm from 62.9 Nm to 60.5 Nm at 8500 rpm.
The 2017 Honda CBR650F is available in 2 new attractive colours – Millennium Red & Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic and it is available at Honda’s 24 exclusive sales & service Wing World outlets located across 22 cities in India.