The long-awaited Honda CB650R has made its debut in the Indian market, however, in typical Honda manner, the price of the CB650R eats into the space of motorcycles from above its segment
Honda CB650R has just debuted in the Indian market alongside its fully-faired sibling, Honda CBR650R. The CB650R has been priced at Rs 8.67 lakh while the CBR650R is priced at Rs 8.88 lakh. That said, the Honda CB650R has debuted in the market space where there exists a host of motorcycles from the segments above. Also, the CB650R is expected to directly rival the Triumph Trident 660 that’s expected to be launched in the coming weeks.
Following is a list of motorcycles you can consider if you're in the market for the Honda CB650R:
Triumph Trident 660
Triumph Trident 660 will be launched in India on 6th April 2021 and is expected to have a price tag close to the Rs 7 lakh mark. It displaces 660cc and gets an in-line three-cylinder layout. The power is rated at 80bhp and the motorcycle tips the scale at 189kg - which in turn could offer a better power-to-weight ratio over the Honda CB650R.
The Kawasaki Z900 retails for Rs 8.34 lakh and offers a higher capacity engine, more power and torque at disposal, and features a rich electronic package. While offering a motorcycle from a segment above, Kawasaki has still managed to keep the price lower (even considering the recent price hike). If considered capacity wise, the Honda CB650R can be pitted against the Kawasaki Z650 that now retails for Rs 6.18 lakh. However, the Z650 doesn’t offer similar power figures as the CB650R.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT
Now the V-Strom 650XT is classified as an adventure-tourer and cannot be directly considered as a competition to the CB650R. However, the displacement is closely matched and the pricing is just higher by Rs 17,000, at Rs 8.84 lakh. That said, the V-Strom 650 XT offers more electronics i.e riding modes and different levels of traction control. Also considering that the V-Strom 650 XT gets a V-twin engine layout as opposed to the in-line four-cylinder of the Honda CB650R.
Triumph Street Triple R
If considered with respect to pricing, the Street Triple R retails at Rs 8.84 lakh which is again, only Rs 17,000 higher than the price of Honda CB650R. The Triumph Street Triple R has an in-line three-cylinder engine that displaces 765cc. More than the higher capacity engine, the Street Triple R also offers significant power and torque bump. The suspension and braking hardware are of a higher grade and the electronics package includes a lap timer, riding modes and tyre pressure monitor.
All prices mentioned in the story are ex-showroom.