The recently-launched Honda CBR650R has a naked twin called the Honda CB650R. A report from Overdrive suggests that the latter could be launched in India by early 2020.
It should be noted that Honda has received an excellent response for the CB300R and the motorcycle is sold out for the current year. Given the high demand for the CB300R, Honda could consider bringing the CB650R to the Indian market. The company already offers the litre-class CB1000R in the country.
The successor to the Honda CB650F, the Honda CB650R was unveiled at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Like the CB1000R, CB300R and the CB125R, the CB650R features Honda’s Neo Sports Cafe styling. It is equipped with full-LED headlight, tail lamp and blinkers.
A circular headlamp gives the Honda CB650R a retro look. Its split-seat design is identical to that of the CBR650R. Thanks to revised frame, fuel tank and footpegs, it is over 6 kg lighter than its predecessor. Other key updates include 41 mm Showa SFF USD fork, radial-mount four-piston callipers, floating discs and new wheels. The cockpit consists of an LCD instrument display.
The Honda CB650R is available in four colour options: Graphite Black, Candy Chromosphere Red, Matt Crypton Silver Metallic and Matt Jeans Blue Metallic.
Mechanical specifications are identical to those of the CBR650R. The heart of the motorcycle is a 649 cc inline-4 cylinder, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC engine that churns out 95 hp at 12,000 rpm and 64 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The CB650R also comes with assist/slipper clutch and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The motorcycle is claimed to deliver 20.4 km/l (WMTC mode), which, along with a 15.4-litre tank, should offer a range of over 300 km.
Anchoring tasks at the front are performed by four-piston radial-mount brake callipers that grab 310 mm wave-pattern floating discs. At the rear, there's a single-piston calliper and 240 mm disc. The safety net of dual-channel ABS comes as standard. Shock absorption duties are performed by 41 mm Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF) upside-down forks at the front and a 7-stage spring preload adjustable monoshock at the back.
If launched, the CB650R will be sold via the Honda BigWing network. It goes without saying that Honda will offer a bunch of accessories to customise the naked roadster.