After the launch of the Honda CB350RS this week, we learned from our sources that the Honda CBR650R will be next on the cards. The sports tourer will likely launch in March with a high price of around Rs. 8.5-9 lakh (ex-showroom).
Just to set the record straight, the previous Ceeber was sold at Rs. 7.70 lakh and is selling well. This would be a huge price jump for the same full slick bike with just a few updates.
The most important of these updates is the addition of a Showa Function Big Piston Fork. The previous model also had a separate functional fork, but it was not a large 41mm piston type. This should give the Ceeber better stability and inspire more confidence when cornering.
The 649 cc four-cylinder engine has undergone minor modifications. You get the reset ECU, new camera lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipes, catalytic converter, and limit switch in the new Honda CBR650R. These modifications were necessary for the engine to get its EU5 certification. In its EU5 form, it produces 95 bhp at 12,000 rpm and 60.1 Nm at 8,000 rpm. But just like any other large Honda bike in India, the engine will be a little misfit to meet stricter noise emission laws.
The latest set of changes to the 2021 bike includes new graphics, a USB Type-C charging socket under the seat, and a reflective LED profile.
These changes are not as complete as the ones received by the latest version of the Kawasaki Z900. The Naked Kawi has always been the most powerful bike, but now, at that expected price, it will likely be affordable for everyone as well.
To complicate matters for Ceeber, Triumph will also launch the Trident 660 around the same time in India. It will be the only triple in the mid-displacement class, with a similar range and performance. Its price is expected to be around Rs.7.50 lakh.