The middle-weight offering gets styling updates, more power and better springs
After a long wait, Honda finally brought a middle-weight offering to Indian shores in the shape of the CBR650F last year. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has now unveiled its updated version at a press conference pre-EICMA. This refreshed CBR650F comes with minor cosmetic updates including a redesigned fairing that Honda claims will improve aerodynamic performance. It now gets full LED head and taillights that are sure to improve night time visibility.
But the bigger change is on the mechanical front. The engine has been tweaked and it now produces 89.8bhp at 11,000rpm as opposed to 85bhp from the one currently on sale in India. Honda has achieved this bump in its power ratings with the help of a new free flowing exhaust system and improved intake management. The new exhaust system also gives the updated Honda CBR650F a stronger and louder note. The gear ratios have now been shortened for better mid-range performance.
To improve the overall ride quality and handling, Honda has fitted the updated CBR650F with new 41mm Showa dual bending valve forks. Braking too is expected to be better thanks to revised two-piston front callipers with dual 320mm discs and a single piston 240mm disc at the back.
While in India the CBR650F is available only in that Pearl Metalloid White shade currently, this updated version will come with three other colour options - Millennium Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic and Sword Silver Metallic. To retain its presence in the middle-weight motorcycle space and to keep things fresh, Honda is likely to bring this updated model to India eventually.