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2017 Honda CBR 650F

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Honda CBR 650F
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: Honda
  • Model: CBR
  • Transmission: 6 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 91
  • Torque @ RPM: 65
  • Displacement: 649 cc
  • Top Speed: 143 mph
  • Price: INR 7300000
  • Price: Premium

An all new and improved CBR for the new year

In 2015, Honda cracked up its first code in the middleweight segment with the fully faired sports tourer, the CBR 650F. Honda’s intent was to cash in the increasing interest of enthusiasts in the middleweight segment, and with the segment of sport tourers being one of the most practical ones, the CBR 650F made up a lot of sense for the Indian market. And there were a lot of strengths on the side of the CBR 650F – it looks quite good and beefy for a middleweight sport tourer, the engine is punchy, it is comfortable to ride on long stretches, and it gets ABS as standard.

However, the fact that the CBR 650F offered very few amount of newness or flashy bits (read Kawasakis) and its unjustified high price tag kept most of the potential buyers away from the motorcycle. Honda wants to make this bike a bit more special and appealing than before, which is why it has recently unveiled the first ever facelift of the CBR 650F at the EICMA 2016. The motorcycle comes with a couple of aesthetic changes and an important change under its skin. And as before, the CBR 650F promises to be a full-fledged sportsbike which can be very practical on a daily usage basis as well. Here’s a comprehensive look on what all changes did the new CBR 650F has received:-

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Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Manufacturers took them off the shelves to make way for new models.

As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.

Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While some of them have been replaced, few others just could not manage to burn the midnight oil and live up to expectation. They were just phased out of the assembly lines. Here is a list of those who couldn’t make it to the party this year:-

May 18, 2017 08:30
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Honda has exterminated the CBR 150R and CBR 250R. What is the plan here?

Honda has exterminated the CBR 150R and CBR 250R. What is the plan here?

Removing it from the websites, Honda has left questions unanswered. We are trying to figure out their strategies.

The Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.

Meanwhile, what we know so far is that Honda has taken off their faired commuters, the CBR 150R and the CBR 250R off their official websites too and have stopped selling them. This could be due to the BS-IV regulations and they might even be updated with BS-IV engines and AHO. Or is the brand launching new generations of the brands?

April 24, 2017 12:30
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Featured Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot

Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot

Honda brings this madness to our streets and I cannot stop being a kid again.

Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.

Yesterday, the Japanese Red launched the screaming CBR 1000 RR Fireblade in all pomp and fanfare.

April 19, 2017 12:23
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Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.

Honda and Kawasaki are giving you 1 lakh off their middleweight superstars.

The CBR 650F and the ER-6N is now cheaper. But there is a catch.

If you are looking at getting yourself a middleweight Japanese motorcycle, then there was no better time to do that than now. Both Honda and Kawasaki are offering you discounts close to ₹ 1 lakh on their 600cc bikes, and this could be the most enticing deal on the block.

Honda is offering you their Honda CBR 650F sports bike while Kawasaki will be doing that with their naked sport Kawasaki ER-6N. This offer is most probably to get their BS-III stocks exhausted before the BS-IV amendments kick in starting April 1st.

March 9, 2017 10:21
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Triumph will now make engines for Moto2

Triumph will now make engines for Moto2

The British manufacturer announces its entry into the world of Grand Prix

There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made and since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.

The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing held since 1949. The Grand Prix is categorised into three formats - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. All manufacturers put all their resources into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown.

January 11, 2017 09:00
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10 motorcycles for 2017 that vie the top spots under INR. 5 lakhs

10 motorcycles for 2017 that vie the top spots under INR. 5 lakhs

In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.

November 24, 2016 12:39
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Honda CBR250RR Produces An Unbelievable 38.7 Ps From Its 249 CC Unit

Honda CBR250RR Produces An Unbelievable 38.7 Ps From Its 249 CC Unit

The most powerful 250 cc Motorcycle of the World

When Honda decided to actually develop the CBR 250RR their main motive was to develop a motorcycle which should be the no 1 sportsbike in the 250 cc category of motorcycles. The motorcycle also been developed to provide an advanced level of riding quality in its segment and also make it one motorcycle which can actually be thrown into any corners. This is also the only motorcycle to offer ride by wire throttle system in its class.

The CBR 250RR was first showcased as a concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show and just after a year Honda has already introduced the production variant of the motorcycle but as of now its is available only for the Indonesian market. The worst part is that the Motorcycle is not launching in Indian market anytime soon.

Honda has recently decided to give out the power figures for this motorcycle and just like us you too will also be impressed because the 250cc parallel twin, liquid cooled engine is capable of producing an impressive 36.8 PS of peak power at 12, 500 rpm and 23.3 nm of torque at 11, 000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. With this power figures the CBR 250RR is the most powerful motorcycle of the world in the 250 cc segment.

November 22, 2016 10:11
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OVERVIEW 2017 Honda CBR 650F

2017 Honda CBR 650F

An all new and improved CBR for the new year

In 2015, Honda cracked up its first code in the middleweight segment with the fully faired sports tourer, the CBR 650F. Honda’s intent was to cash in the increasing interest of enthusiasts in the middleweight segment, and with the segment of sport tourers being one of the most practical ones, the CBR 650F made up a lot of sense for the Indian market. And there were a lot of strengths on the side of the CBR 650F – it looks quite good and beefy for a middleweight sport tourer, the engine is punchy, it is comfortable to ride on long stretches, and it gets ABS as standard.

However, the fact that the CBR 650F offered very few amount of newness or flashy bits (read Kawasakis) and its unjustified high price tag kept most of the potential buyers away from the motorcycle. Honda wants to make this bike a bit more special and appealing than before, which is why it has recently unveiled the first ever facelift of the CBR 650F at the EICMA 2016. The motorcycle comes with a couple of aesthetic changes and an important change under its skin. And as before, the CBR 650F promises to be a full-fledged sportsbike which can be very practical on a daily usage basis as well. Here’s a comprehensive look on what all changes did the new CBR 650F has received:-

November 16, 2016 09:43
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Honda CBR 250RR Details Leaked

Honda CBR 250RR Details Leaked

The power figures surely is worth praising

Honda first showcased the new [CBR 250RR=>article157432] as a concept at the Tokyo Motor show back in 2015 and recently the production variant of the motorcycle was showcased In Indonesia. There is no denying in the fact that the motorcycle was an absolute stunner. There is no doubt that this motorcycle could do wonders for Honda in the Indian market keeping in mind the fact that the demand of 250 cc motorcycle in the Indian market recently.

The specification details of the motorcycle was not available when it was unveiled but now according to some sources it seems like we do have the leaked specs and other details of the motorcycle. Until now most of you already know that the new Honda CBR 250RR will be powered by newly developed 249.7 cc, PGM-FI, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, 8V, 4-Stroke, engine which according to the leaked source produces about 36.8 Bhp of peak power at 12,500 rpm and 22.5 Nm at 10,500 rpm. The new engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

Now we already knew that Honda has provided ride by wire throttle system which will also come with Accelerator Position Sensor which will result in better response. The motorcycle will also get three different riding modes as well which includes Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The motorcycle claims a top speed of 168+ km/h which is quite impressive as well. For the safety of the rider the sporttsbikes also gets a duel channel ABS system as an option.

October 29, 2016 02:10
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2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda brings this madness to our streets and I cannot stop being a kid again.

Honda’s stable at the 2016 Intermot motorcycle show was all pomp and fanfare as they showcased their 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP. This is an all new redesigned package from Honda which showcased major updates from since nearly a decade to give them a fighting chance in the already competitive high-tech superbike arena.

Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.

October 14, 2016 05:45
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Feature – List of bikes launched in INTERMOT 2016 – Part 1

Feature – List of bikes launched in INTERMOT 2016 – Part 1

A complete list of motorcycles and their initial information all under one article

Needless to say, the INTERMOT has always been one bigshot event for all the motorcycle manufacturers to display their best and latest offerings for the enthusiasts worldwide. With all the big names present on this stage, the INTERMOT has always been one big platform for all the new and modern motorcycles to make their grand entry into the world of motorcycling.

For the year 2016 too, the INTERMOT was one big and successful event, with all the major manufacturers coming up with substantial refreshes as well as all new models for the upcoming times. In this story, we have listed down all big launches that happened at the INTERMOT 2016. Here they are.

October 11, 2016 03:15
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Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

find out who wins the top spot

It might have taken a long period of time, but finally, Royal Enfield has come up with an all new generation motorcycle which completely deciphers the pre-conceived notions attached with Royal Enfields. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has carved out a very niche segment of motorcycles, which is indeed a special and exclusive one, yet is the most practical one for the Indian conditions – that of adventure tourers. The segment which was restricted only in the higher end segments with Triumph and BMW Motorrad being the only major players has now become much more accessible, affordable and practical with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a much more refined and practical motorcycle to live with when compared to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is a motorcycle which promises a lot with its ability of off-road as well as long distance touring, without compromising on the daily duties as well. It indeed is a one-of-its-kind motorcycles currently in the price band to which it belongs right now, but then, some of its attributes are being shared with some other motorcycles. Here in question is the ability of touring, which are already being accomplished by two other motorcycles in its class (apart from the entire Royal Enfield lineup, which will not be discussed here) – Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R.

Last year, Mahindra did finally put up an end to all the anticipations and doubts revolving around its Mojo project, by launching the much awaited Mojo, which has received rave reviews for its mechanical prowess and long distance touring abilities. Not to forget the Honda CBR 250R, the only fully faired sports tourer in this price, which was the first motorcycle in this price bracket to trigger the want of touring motorcycles with its punchy and refined engine as well as comfortable ergonomics.

In this story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R, and find out which motorcycle emerges out to be the best of all the worlds, with the touring abilities being the topmost priority. Here we go:-

September 26, 2016 03:56
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You Can Kiss The Dream Of Buying The New Honda CBR 250 RR Goodbye!

You Can Kiss The Dream Of Buying The New Honda CBR 250 RR Goodbye!

Honda won’t be launching the CBR 250 RR In India

I didn’t want to start the week with negative news but this is definitely unfortunate as well as shocking news for all the Motorcycle enthusiasts and also for the Honda two wheeler fans of India. HMSI has confirmed that they won’t be launching the newly unveiled CBR 250 RR neither the CBR 300 RR in India anytime soon.

The Honda two wheeler officials said that although there will be some other new products which they will surely launch in the coming months but there is absolutely no chance of Honda introducing the above mentioned products in Indian market. HMSI will however update their entire range of motorcycles to meet the upcoming Bharat Stage IV emission norms and will also actually fit the all time headlamp on feature as well which according to the survey has helped in reducing motorcycle accidents.

Honda has recently unveiled the CBR 250 RR in the Indonesian market and will also go on sale there towards the end of this year. We all thought initially that perhaps Honda will replace their existing now ageing CBR 250 R which is on sale in the Indian market with the recently unveiled aggressive looking CBR 250 RR. But Honda has decided to instead continue with the current CBR 250R in Indian market and perhaps will give it few cosmetic sticker updates until and unless the replacement for this motorcycle is not planned.

August 1er, 2016 03:46
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Get Up Close & Personal With The new Honda CBR 250 RR: Video

Get Up Close & Personal With The new Honda CBR 250 RR: Video

The new CBR 250 RR new features explained

Honda rook the covers off their much anticipated entry level performance bike yesterday in Indonesia and the Japanese two wheeler maker also has plans to introduce the motorcycle in Indonesia towards the end of the 2016. Now we all have seen the motorcycle in some official images and videos so far but here is an exclusive video of the motorcycle which was captured directly from the unveiling event.

Here in this video you can watch the motorcycle in flesh and this thing surely looks aggressive as well. The CBR 250 RR as you all already know by now takes its styling inspiration from the Honda lightweight super sport concept showcased at the Tokyo Motor show in October 2015. The new motorcycle will be available in Honda Racing Red, Anchor Graymetallic and Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic color options.

Apart from the mindboggling styling Honda has also infused plenty of technological updates as well in their new sportsbike. For the first time ever the CBR 250 RR will get throttle by wire system which comes with three separate riding modes which include Comfort, sport and sport+ modes. Although Honda has not revealed any details of the engine yet but Honda claims that it will produce the best in class power and torque output.

You can read our entire review of the Honda CBR 250 RR here

July 30, 2016 02:00
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2018 Honda CBR 250 RR

2018 Honda CBR 250 RR

The most aggresive and tech loaded CBR 250 is here

This is not an unknown fact anymore that Honda has been preparing to launched the all new CBR 250 RR in the Indonesian market. Offcourse! This is also an exciting news for us too because the CBR 250R which is present in the Indian market is one popular motorcycle in the Indian market and thus you can expect the new motorcycle to soon make its way in the Indian market as well.

This new quarter litre sportsbike from the Japanese manufacturer will take on the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Yamaha R3 and offcourse the KTM RC390 when it finally launches in the market. What is also interesting is also the fact that the upcoming motorcycle borrows most of its design cues from Honda’s Lightweight Supersports Concept which was showcased for the first time at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. Although the teaser video only teases the upcoming motorcycle but it is quite evident that the new Honda CBR 250 RR definitely borrows the design cues from the more aggressive looking lightweight supersport concept.

Although no details of the powertrain are available at this moment but expect it to be powered by a thoroughly updated 250 cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine which will produce more power and torque than the current motorcycle. Although the details available about the upcoming motorcycle is limited but we will to provide you the details of the motorcycle which will surely win everyone’s heart.

Update 26.05.2016:- Honda has revealed the new CBR 250 RR in the Indonesian market and we have updated the review with all the details.

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July 26, 2016 06:42
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2017 Honda CBR 250RR Might Be Launching Next Week: 5 Things You Should Know

2017 Honda CBR 250RR Might Be Launching Next Week: 5 Things You Should Know

The new generation Honda comes loaded with modern technology

We already did informed you all earlier that Honda is all set to introduce the new generation CBR 250 RR Internationally towards the beginning of 2017 and yes this will actually come to the Indian market as well. Now the recent reports suggests that Honda will be actually be showcased in Indonesia for the first time. Honda Astra has already released a teaser of the upcoming 2017 CBR 250 RR earlier which actually have us the first glimpse of the motorcycle. This will definitely make it to the Indian market as well.

We have already provided you the details of the 2016 Honda CBR 250RR and you can read all about it by clicking the link here. But today we will be providing you some important points about the new upcoming sportsbike.

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July 20, 2016 11:00
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Comparison of Japanese liter class supersports – Yamaha YZF R1 vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R vs Honda CBR 1000 RR vs Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Comparison of Japanese liter class supersports – Yamaha YZF R1 vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R vs Honda CBR 1000 RR vs Suzuki GSX-R 1000

The ultimate battle of liter class sportsbikes

There is no surprise that how much contribution the country of Japan has given to the world of motorcycles. Since the inception of motorcycles on this planet, this land of the rising sun has set new benchmarks with every new motorcycle born on its soil. Each of the reminiscent manufacturers have given us some incredibly brilliant motorcycles in the past, which not only have set new benchmarks in the world of two wheeler motoring, but also have made way for new technologies and have risen the expectations of a motorcyclist from his machine.

But there’s a catch – most of these legendary motorcycles from Japan are primarily supersports or faired tourers. While the concept of cruisers was, and still is, more popular in American markets, the segment of naked roadsters have been primarily successful in European countries in the past, with the manufacturers from these continents dominating these respective segments. Though in recent times, the European manufacturers like Ducati, Aprilia and BMW have upped the game by launching their state-of-the-art supersports like Panigale, RSV4 and S 1000 RR, there is no denying the fact that it will be the Japanese scalpels which will be mentioned first when it comes to discussing supersports.

In the Indian market too, the segment of liter class motorcycles have been on a boom in recent years, thanks to more and more manufacturers jumping into this bandwagon and offering most of their world class motorcycles in the Indian market as well. It all started with Yamaha offering its the-then flagship supersport, the YZF-R1, back in 2008, which then paved the way for the rest of the Japanese players as well. Later on, Honda launched its most powerful motorcycle, the CBR 1000 RR, which was followed by the GSX-R 1000 from Suzuki. Last but not the least, the Kawasaki too joined this brigade by bringing in the mighty Ninja ZX-10R. In recent times, all of these motorcycles have received cosmetic as well as mechanical facelifts, which are substantial enough to up the ante, with each of the motorcycle offering something special.

This will be a tough fight to witness, as all of these motorcycles have their respective trademark characteristics which are second to none. But we have the job to nitpick the best out of these four top-of-the-line liter class Japanese supersports, and so, here is our comprehensive comparison:-

July 18, 2016 04:30
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From Kanyakumari to Khardung La on a motorcycle: Video

From Kanyakumari to Khardung La on a motorcycle: Video

It is a dream for many to travel the country from its South to North by road

India is a vast country, which possess many beautiful terrains. In short it is a paradise for travelers who seek to see the diversity of nature, culture, people and many more aspects. Many travelers who love to travel by road seek to travel the country from its southern point to the northern region. In that case motorists chose to travel from Kanyakumari to the Ladakh. While making a journey through this vast amount of roads is not an easy task some people do it without much hassle and very passionately as well. Here is a guy who travelled Kanyakumari to Khardung La, the former being the southern tip of India, and the Khardung La is claimed to be the highest motorable pass in the world. Take a look at the video, this guy recorded. While many people choose to drive or ride through these roads in a group, he has done it solo on his Honda CBR. Here is an interesting fact, while many travelers love to take a Royal Enfield for such a journey, he managed it on his CBR only.

June 19, 2016 12:30
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2016 Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade SP

2016 Honda CBR 1000RR Fireblade SP

The segment of liter class supersports has seen a lot of action since its inception and has been one of the most popular, consistently growing and benchmarking segment of motorcycles all across the world. Most of the two wheeler manufacturers do try to give their best shot and exhibit what all they have got in their engineering prowess with their liter class supersport offerings, especially Japanese manufacturers.

Talking about Japanese manufacturers, Honda has been offering the best of the CBR lineup, the CBR 1000 RR since last 21 years. Popularly known as Fireblade, the CBR 1000 RR is the best of what Honda has excelled in the world of road legal supersports till date. Revolving around the concept of ‘Total Control’ (as what Honda tries to proclaim) with which it intends to offer you the best possible balance of performance and chassis balance, the Honda CBR 1000 RR is one of the most practical road-going supersports one could buy today. Every year, CBR 1000 RR receives an upgrade, and the year 2016 was not exceptional one either.

But along with giving a regular update to the standard CBR 1000 RR, Honda has launched one more version of the same with the name CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP, which comes with a host of additional visual changes and equipments. Here’s our quick review of the Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP.

June 15, 2016 08:00
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2016 Honda CBR 600RR

2016 Honda CBR 600RR

In the Indian two wheeler market, the segment of middleweight motorcycles is recently witnessing an all new high, thanks to more awareness and growing interest among the countrymen for performance oriented motorcycles. But then, this segment is currently consisting of naked roadsters, cruisers and fully faired sport tourers, leasing aside one major category of big bikes – supersports.

Unlike in the Indian market, the segment of middleweight supersports has always been under some serious action, with almost all major players of this industry having one offering, which showcases the best of the their engineering prowess. Except the Triumph Daytona 675R, there is no other focused middleweight supersport in India, but outside the nation, there are several other such motorcycles, particularly from the land of the rising sun.

Out of these motorcycles, the Honda CBR 600RR has remained one of the most trusted and significant names in this category, as it is one of the solid reasons of the strong reputation of the CBR brand worldwide. Here’s our take on the latest iteration of the Honda CBR 600RR.

April 12, 2016 02:00
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Best budget tourer - Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

Best budget tourer - Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

In the recent years, the motorcycling segments have become way more mature than ever before. Needless to say, it has led to the dwelling of various new segments and niches which were almost inexistent till yesterday. This phenomenon is more common in the segments of entry level quarter liter segments as well as middleweight sportbike segments, which has seen the arrival of several new players on the Indian soil, which to some extent, have shown excellent results in terms of overall sales and popularity.

Amongst the new segments which have made their presence felt in the Indian market, the segment of tourers and adventure motorcycles definitely needs to be given a special moment. The segment, which is considered to be the most practical among the big sports oriented motorcycles, have shown that the average Indian motorcycling enthusiasts have geared up and have become way more mature than they actually were. A credit of this has to be given to the launch of various new motorcycles in this very segment.

Till now, the segment of tourers was basically confined only to the middleweight segments (600-800cc), which has seen the motorcycles such as Kawasaki Ninja 650, Benelli TNT 600i/TNT 600 GT and the 800cc versions of Triumph Tiger escalating new heights in terms of sales. Witnessing this golden opportunity, various two wheeler manufacturers are moving down in the entry level sportsbike segments, say the 250-300cc category, and have started working on the same.

And the results are quite fruitful too! Honda initiated this with the quarter liter sportsbike, the CBR 250R, which is more of a fully faired sport tourer than a track focused scalpel – a perfect and practical recipe for the bikers obsessed with fully faired machines. Then came the much awaited Mahindra Mojo, which took almost a decade for development till it actually got launched in 2015 and showed good signs of excellence, for the fact that it is the only naked tourer in the quarter liter segment.

And finally, after a lot of speculations, Royal Enfield came up with what was totally unexpected in this segment – a proper fully focused adventure tourer, the Himalayan. Seeing the first impressions, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has finally appeared as the answer to the prayers of all those, who wanted to experience the best of off-roading on two wheels.

In this write-up, we will be comparing the three different motorcycles with varying characters and personas – the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and Honda CBR 250R, which have varying body styles, but there aim is same – to satiate the hunger of all those biking aficionados who want to explore the unexplored terrains, whether on or off road. Here we go.

March 24, 2016 04:12
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Best budget tourer - Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

Best budget tourer - Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R

In the recent years, the motorcycling segments have become way more mature than ever before. Needless to say, it has led to the dwelling of various new segments and niches which were almost inexistent till yesterday. This phenomenon is more common in the segments of entry level quarter liter segments as well as middleweight sportbike segments, which has seen the arrival of several new players on the Indian soil, which to some extent, have shown excellent results in terms of overall sales and popularity.

Amongst the new segments which have made their presence felt in the Indian market, the segment of tourers and adventure motorcycles definitely needs to be given a special moment. The segment, which is considered to be the most practical among the big sports oriented motorcycles, have shown that the average Indian motorcycling enthusiasts have geared up and have become way more mature than they actually were. A credit of this has to be given to the launch of various new motorcycles in this very segment.

Till now, the segment of tourers was basically confined only to the middleweight segments (600-800cc), which has seen the motorcycles such as Kawasaki Ninja 650, Benelli TNT 600i/TNT 600 GT and the 800cc versions of Triumph Tiger escalating new heights in terms of sales. Witnessing this golden opportunity, various two wheeler manufacturers are moving down in the entry level sportsbike segments, say the 250-300cc category, and have started working on the same.

And the results are quite fruitful too! Honda initiated this with the quarter liter sportsbike, the CBR 250R, which is more of a fully faired sport tourer than a track focused scalpel – a perfect and practical recipe for the bikers obsessed with fully faired machines. Then came the much awaited Mahindra Mojo, which took almost a decade for development till it actually got launched in 2015 and showed good signs of excellence, for the fact that it is the only naked tourer in the quarter liter segment.

And finally, after a lot of speculations, Royal Enfield came up with what was totally unexpected in this segment – a proper fully focused adventure tourer, the Himalayan. Seeing the first impressions, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has finally appeared as the answer to the prayers of all those, who wanted to experience the best of off-roading on two wheels.

In this write-up, we will be comparing the three different motorcycles with varying characters and personas – the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and Honda CBR 250R, which have varying body styles, but there aim is same – to satiate the hunger of all those biking aficionados who want to explore the unexplored terrains, whether on or off road.

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March 18, 2016 07:00
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2016 Honda CBR 125R

2016 Honda CBR 125R

the smaller and affordable CBR

If there is one segment in which Honda is yet to make a bigger impact than its rivals, it is the entry level performance segment of motorcycles. Even after having a tremendous track record globally in producing world class performance motorcycles and initiating the quarter liter segment by launching the CBR 250R, Honda is yet to taste a success as stupendous as the YZF R15 or the KTM Dukes. The same fate happened to the Honda CBR 150R. Even after being a brilliant piece of engineering, the CBR 150R just simply couldn’t match its closest rival, the Yamaha R15, both in terms of overall packaging and sales figures.

Now, Honda has carried forward the same approach in the 125cc sportsbike segment as well – like the CBR 250R and CBR 150R, Honda has the 125cc workhorse, the CBR 125R, inspired by the former two, to give the beginners a taste of high level sportbiking, with its big bike stance and focused nature. The bike shares a lot of with its 150cc and 250cc siblings, including designing and underpinnings, but will it share the same fate as these two siblings? Let’s find out.

March 18, 2016 04:29
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2016 Honda CBR 500R

2016 Honda CBR 500R

In the last couple of years, Honda has worked hard in expanding its lineup of middleweight superbikes across the globe. Till last decade, Honda had only one recognizable middleweight motorcycle in the form of the very popular CBR 600RR, which gave the hardcore enthusiasts the thrills of riding a liter class supersport in a scaled down package.

But then, times began to change and the riders as well as motorcycles began to become more versatile than before, and because of this, the middleweight motorcycles began to become a bit more all rounder, or to be precise, more practical. Honda too realizes this fact, and because of this, it has launched a number of middleweight motorcycles which differ on the basis of usability.

One of the most likeable and practical motorcycles in this bunch of Honda’s middleweight bikes is the new CBR 500R. Honda realized the gap existing between the CBR 250R/300R and CBR 650F/600 RR, which it filled with the CBR 500R. Honda recently gave the CBR 500R a much desirable facelift, which has made the motorcycle look a bit more upmarket. Here’s our quick take on the all new Honda CBR 500R.

March 17, 2016 05:51
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2015 Honda CBR 250R

2015 Honda CBR 250R

Honda is credited for initiating the quarter liter segment in the Indian market with the CBR 250R. Though the Ninja 250R was the first proper 250cc motorcycle for the Indian market, its limited availability and high price curbed its sales to a limited audience. The CBR 250R was the first four stroke, 250cc motorcycle which was locally assembled on the Indian soil, which helped Honda a lot in pricing it aggressively for the Indian market.

But in the recent years, the CBR 250R has lost its track, particularly due to more new performance oriented offerings coming in the market. At one end, the 200cc KTMs have eaten up its share, and on the other hand the 390cc KTMs have made the Indians to think and give a more powerful upgrade in terms of performance and kit.

Honda is now trying to revive its flagship motorcycle among the locally assembled motorcycles by giving it a mild makeover. Calling it an all new CBR 250R, Honda may be trying to lure back its target customers, who want a quarter liter motorcycle, which may not be as focused as the KTMs, but is more of a comfortable sport tourer – a kind of motorcycle which is more suited for Indian conditions. Here’s our take on the all new CBR 250R.

December 8, 2015 06:02
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2015 Honda CBR 150R

2015 Honda CBR 150R

If there is one segment in which Honda is yet to make a bigger impact than its rivals, it is the entry level performance segment of motorcycles. Even after having a tremendous track record globally in producing world class performance motorcycles and initiating the quarter liter segment by launching the CBR 250R, Honda is yet to taste a success as stupendous as the YZF R15 or the KTM Dukes.

The same fate happened to the Honda CBR 150R. Even after having a brilliant piece of engineering, the CBR 150R just simply couldn’t match its closest rival, the Yamaha R15, both in terms of overall packaging and sales figures. After just a couple of months of its first launch in the Indian market, the sales of CBR 150R were as low as one-tenth of that of the R15, which is a proof to the fact that how less popular the CBR 150R was in its segment.

Now, Honda has made its move of trying to change its fate by launching the new version of the CBR 150R. With this new version, the CBR 150R aims to claim its lost ground and glory, and bring back Honda in the game of performance motorcycle market, which is booming up at a very rapid pace. Here’s a quick look on the all new Honda CBR 150R.

December 8, 2015 05:37
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Honda Launches Updated CBR150R and CBR250R In India

Honda Launches Updated CBR150R and CBR250R In India

Honda already showcased the updated CBR150R and the CBR250R at the RevFest which took place earlier this year alongside the CBR 650F and the CB Hornet 160R. Now Honda has already launched their middleweight sportsbike CBR 650F here already and it received positive response from the crowd while you can expect the CB Hornet 160R to be launched towards the month of December.

Honda now launched the updated CBR150R and the CBR250R in New Delhi today. The updated motorcycle has only received few cosmetic upgrades while there are absolutely no mechanical changes which are bit disappointing.

The Honda CBR250R is now available in two variants one is the standard motorcycle while the other has been equipped with Honda Combined Antilock Braking System. The cosmetic updates includes new set of stickers and new color combinations which includes Red, white and Black. As far as the engine is concerned it is actually carried over from the previous motorcycle. The Honda CBR250R uses a single cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 stroke engine which is paired to a 6 speed gearbox and is capable of producing about 26.15 Bhp of peak power at 8500 rpm and 22.9 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm.

The CBR150R on the other hand also gets new and refreshed graphics, the colors offered with this motorcycle includes green, blue and red. As far as the engines are concerned they are also carried over from the previous motorcycle. The liquid cooled, 4 stroke single cylinder fuel injected unit is also paired to a 6 speed gearbox and is capable of producing about 18.28 Bhp of peak power at 10, 500 rpm and 12.66 Nm of torque at 8500 rpm.

The Honda CBR250R is priced at INR. 1,60,200 (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the CBR150R has been priced at INR. 1,23,200 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

November 25, 2015 07:30
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Honda launches CBR 650F in India, reveals three more new bikes

Honda launches CBR 650F in India, reveals three more new bikes

Putting a full stop to the anticipation of many motorcycling enthusiasts, Honda pulled off the wraps from its much awaited midsize motorcycle, the CBR 650F, at the company’s much promoted ‘Honda RevFest 2015’ event. The Honda CBR 650F marks the manufacturer’s attempt in participating in the ‘Make in India’ campaign, and will be the most powerful motorcycle by Honda which will be locally assembled and sold in India.
Along with the CBR 650F, Honda also showcased the all new 110cc commuter Livo and the updated versions of the CBR 150R as well as CBR 250R. The company also pulled off a surprise by revealing an all new 160cc sports commuter, the CB Hornet 160R. With the CB Hornet 160R, Honda brings the very renowned nameplate of ‘Hornet’ in India, under which the Japanese marquee sells a range of powerful roadsters in the global market. All the motorcycles were put on display to celebrate the ‘Fun Motorcycle Revolution’, which Honda believes that these motorcycles will bring in their respective segments.

August 5, 2015 04:39
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2015 Honda CBR 650F

2015 Honda CBR 650F

Honda is among the only three motorcycle manufacturers in the Indian two wheeler market, which produces motorcycles starting from a bare basic 100cc commuter and going all the way up to 1800cc tourer. It is the versatility in Honda’s product portfolio which makes it one of the most serious players in the Indian market, having at least one product to cater to the varying needs of the audiences here in India.

But there was only one segment in which Honda didn’t have had any presence, not even by a thin margin – the segment of middleweight motorcycles. In recent times, this very segment has shown a tremendous action with a larger number of manufacturers jumping in this space with their respective motorcycles ranging between 600cc to 800cc. In order to cash in the opportunity, Honda has introduced its globally renowned 650cc sports tourer, the CBR 650F, in the Indian market.

The CBR 650F promises to be a full fledged sportsbike which can be very practical on a daily usage basis as well. Here’s a quick look on the Honda’s latest onslaught for the Indian big bike market, the CBR 650F.

August 5, 2015 04:25
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2015 Honda CBR 250R

2015 Honda CBR 250R

When Honda launched the CBR 250R for the very first time in India, it took away the market by storm, as it was the first proper quarter liter full faired motorcycle manufactured and sold in India. As quarter liter motorcycles are considered to be the tickets to performance motorcycling worldwide, the CBR 250R instantly became the hot favorites of the biking enthusiasts.

The CBR 250R has garnered quite a good reputation to back itself, for offering a proper sportsbike feel without compromising on day to day riding comfort, making it a perfect sports tourer for the Indian conditions. However, the mild VFR-ish styling of the bike despite having a CBR moniker in its name resulted in some buyers shying away from the motorcycle.

Not any more, as Honda has paid attention to the customer feedback effectively, and has worked upon extensively for its next generation model. The new CBR doesn’t have the much needed CBR lineage in its overall design now, but also has received considerable improvement in its performance and rideability. Let’s have a look on what all newness does this new Honda CBR 250R brings to the table.

July 6, 2015 03:44
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2015 Honda CBR 150R

2015 Honda CBR 150R

Honda has had a very conservative approach in the 150cc segments with the Unicorn and its derivatives. Though all these versions of Unicorn were adequately pumped up with required horsepower, they all lacked the zeal which the enthusiasts were craving from a Honda motorcycle.

Honda tried to meet all the demands by launching a performance oriented motorcycle in the premium end of the 150cc segment with the CBR 150R. The motorcycle was launched on the lines of the higher positioned CBR 250R, sharing the overall design language and several components.

The CBR 150R was no short in performance and flexibility required in an entry level mini supersport motorcycle. However, the motorcycle was launched against the stupendous Yamaha YZF R15, which has already set up high standards in performance and dynamics in the 150cc segment. The CBR 150R tried to match up those benchmarks, though Honda tried to better its attempts by introducing a couple of improvements on the CBR 150R. Here’s a quick look on the improved version of the Honda CBR 150R.

June 29, 2015 01:45
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Honda imports 2015 CBR 150R in India for R&D

Honda imports 2015 CBR 150R in India for R&D

The Honda CBR 150R may not have set the sales charts on fire as expected. The fact that its asking price doesn’t justify the package it offers, and that too with some glaring misses for its segment, like the engine kill switch, LED tail light and aluminium swingarm, have caused a dent in the monthly sales it scores. The scenario may change now, as Honda is mulling to launch the all new CBR 150R in the Indian market any time soon.

Recently, Honda imported a unit of CBR 150R from Indonesia for testing purposes taking the Indian conditions into consideration. The bike is available in the international market for quite some time, and has been accepted well as compared to the erstwhile version. The new version not only sports better aesthetics, but also incorporates several changes under the skin.

The new CBR now ditches the rather subjective styling based on the VFR, which for some true CBR fans, didn’t suit the ‘CBR’ moniker. This led to the introduction of sharper dual headlamps and new full fairing, which tend to make the design in line with the flagship CBR 1000RR. The rear styling, though more or less, remains the same as the current bike.

The chassis too has undergone a couple of major changes, which includes the departure of perimeter frame for making a way for a more subtle truss frame, which has been done to keep the costs in check. Also, Honda has replaced the rear swing-arm mounted monoshock of the current model with a pro-link monoshock unit. These changes will surely have an effect on dynamics, but not by a substantial margin.

January 28, 2015 01:54
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2014 Honda CBR 300R

2014 Honda CBR 300R

This motorcycle surely attracted lot of attention when it was first unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, then it was once again displayed at an Auto show in China this year. Rumor has it that the new 2014 Honda CBR 300R will replace the existing CBR 250R and standing at this point we can certainly say that Yes! This new motorcycle from the stable of the Japanese auto giant Honda will replace the aging CBR250R.

The new CBR surely gets more power compared to its predecessor thanks to the extra 37 cc and an improved throttle response the new CBR 300R certainly will attract everyone’s attention. Hopefully the new CBR 300R will land in our Indian market by the end of 2014 while its global deliveries will start from the month of July 2014 onward.

The CBR 250R was launched in the year 2011 and since then this motorcycle has been selling like hot cake and occupying the position of the entry level Super Sport CBR range from the stable of Honda. Honda claims that the lightweight 300R model will offer much more fun and excitement to the rider and an experienced rider can extract the maximum from their motorcycle while this new motorcycle will be a learning platform for those new riders who later want to upgrade to a bigger motorcycle.

Powered by a liquid cooled 286 cc single cylinder four-stroke engine which generates enough power and grunt to leave you impressed the Honda CBR 300R is surely an exciting new motorcycle which will soon be available in our Indian market too.

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May 22, 2014 06:00
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Updated CBR 150R On Its Way To India?

Updated CBR 150R On Its Way To India?

Honda 2 wheeler is making lot of news already in India with their exciting product lineup. Recently their commuter motorcycle Shine sold 30 Lakh units in India which is a big achievement for the particular product as well for the Japanese 2 wheeler manufacturer.

Now another of their product is making quite a buzz on the internet and it’s their 150 CC motorcycle the CBR 150R. The CBR 150R which was launched way back in the year 2012 has not received any updates until now. Now reports says that the CBR 150R will soon get a facelift which will include an updated front fascia with duel split headlamps. Although Honda officials has been tight lipped about any such rumors.

The current CBR 150R which is available in the Indian market is powered by a liquid cooled four-stroke single cylinder 149.4 cc engine which produces 17.57 bhp at 10,500 rpm and peak torque of 12.66 Nm at 8,500 rpm. The engine has been mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. We definitely hope that the updated CBR soon arrives in our Indian market.

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April 28, 2014 09:15
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OVERVIEW 2014 Honda CBR1000RR

2014 Honda CBR1000RR

In the early 90’s the sportsbikes were heavy and big but they didn’t provided that kind of control which gave confidence to the riders, so Honda decided to fit a powerful engine on to a lightweight chassis which resulted in a lightweight and highly rigid body.

This Motorcycle dominated the race tracks and Street since 2004, what is exciting about this motorcycle is the fact that this motorcycle has been built by the same team who worked behind the Moto GP series. The engine was so good that Honda decided not to change it until the year 2009, although the bike continuously received minor mechanical upgrades which improved the overall handling of the motorcycle.
There has been a few cosmetic upgrades too e.g. the front nose has become sharper which has given it a racier look, it gets a new 12 spoke wheels which too adds to the overall good looks of the motorcycle. The rider cockpit too looks refreshed with the addition of a new instrument panel. The CBR 100RR is powered by the 999cc, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine which generates 133 KW of maximum power at 12,250rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 10,500rpm, the engine has been mated to a 6 speed gearbox which helps to keep the motorcycle in right powerband.

With the eye catching color scheme and some advanced electronics onboard the Fireblade is one heck of a motorcycle that you would love to ride on twisty slopes and even on race tracks.

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March 28, 2014 16:25
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Global premier of the Honda CBR 300R in China

Global premier of the Honda CBR 300R in China

The existing Honda CBR 250R was launched back in the year 2011 in our Indian market and was one of the most anticipated launch of that particular year from the Japanese two wheeler giant Honda. Recently they have showcased the updated CBR 300R at the 12th China International Motorcycle Trade exhibition which was held at Chongqing.

We have seen that the earlier CBR 250R design Philosophy was inspired from the VFR family of superbikes and it seems like the new CBR 300R which was showcased at the Expo takes its design inspiration from the Honda Fireblade series of sportsbike (specially its front twin headlamps design). The new CBR 300R is powered by a 286cc, single-cylinder engine which generates 30.4 HP of maximum power at 8500 RPM and 27 Nm of torque at 7250 RPM. What is even more interesting is that the new Motorcycle will be lighter than the CBR 250R.

The CBR 300R will be produced at the Honda’s Thailand production facility and this is the place from where it will be exported to various other markets of the World including our Indian market.

We must admit the new CBR 300R definitely looks more attractive, expect the new Motorcycle to arrive at our Indian market in the year 2014, Honda will offer the new motorcycle with two variants which will include the standard as well as an ABS equipped variant.

October 21, 2013 12:30
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Honda CBR 250R VS KTM 200 DUKE

Honda CBR 250R VS KTM 200 DUKE

India has always been known as the land of commuter motorcycles, but recently we saw that people are stepping out of the commuter motorcycle boundaries and going for bigger and powerful motorcycle which could bring some sort of fun to their daily commute or be it the weekend getaway on their motorcycle.

We saw many existing 2 wheeler manufacturers launched their powerful motorcycles in India, along with many foreign brands who also added bigger and powerful motorcycles to their Indian lineup. Even the Austrian 2 wheeler manufacturer KTM stepped in our Indian market in alliance with Bajaj and launched their 200 cc motorcycles which provided plenty of power to overtake any commuter motorcycles with ease. The Japanese manufacturer Honda who after separating with their long term partner Hero tried some new strategies and launched their sportsbike the 250R in our Indian market. Now India have a different segment of buyers altogether and this particular Country has become an emerging market for such Motorcycles.

Today we will be comparing two of the entry level premium motorcycles which are priced very aggressively and also capable enough of providing the fun and thrill of a proper sportsbike. Our first competitor here is the Austrian KTM Duke 200and its rival is the Japanese Honda CBR 250R. Although the Duke has a displacement of only 200 cc whereas the CBR 250R has a displacement of 250cc, still both of them generates almost similar power and are priced comparatively, I think this comparison review will help the readers to make up their mind and select any one motorcycle which will suit their various requirements.

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September 30, 2013 07:20
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2012 Honda CBR 150R

2012 Honda CBR 150R

Honda’s much anticipated sports bike CBR 250R was an instant hit amongst the Indian people specially the youngsters right after its launch in the country, to keep the CBR and the racing DNA alive, Honda launched CBR 150R in the Indian market in the year 2012. This trend of manufacturing the performance motorcycles in the 150cc segment was initiated by Yamaha way back in 2009 when they introduced the Yamaha R15 in the Indian market. Honda CBR 150R may not be the exact match of the R15 in terms of aggressiveness but then it retains the same racing genes like the bigger CBR 250R.

The new Honda CBR 150R is powered by a Liquid cooled, 4 strokes, 149.4cc engine which generates 17.5bhp of maximum power at 10500 rpm and 1.29kgm of torque at 8500rpm. The CBR150 engine surely churns out more power than the normal 150cc motorcycles that are found on the Indian streets. Beside the impressive performance and great looks the CBR 150R offers more treat for the riders.

June 27, 2013 16:00
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2010 Honda CBR 250R

2010 Honda CBR 250R

Honda CBR 250R was one of the most awaited motorcycles in the Indian market, as soon as it was released in the Indian market in the year 2010 people were overjoyed and they accepted the sports bike with an open heart. The CBR 250R was already launched in other Countries like Malaysia before India and was an instant hit amongst the people, the reason behind their success was the motorcycle has the much needed punch in the engine and also provides comfortable ride quality and handles brilliantly too. Indian people didn’t had any option to get a powerful bike for themselves which is capable of commuting and also provides sheer joy of riding on open highways and Honda just gave them the perfect machine to do so.

The CBR 250R is powered by a 249.6 cc Liquid cooled, 4 stroke SI engine which generates 25BHP of maximum power at 8500rpm and 22.9 NM of torque at 7000RPM. The motorcycle is known for its good handling characteristics. Finally the Indian people gets an affordable sports bike and can step out of the commuter category. Lets get to find out some more details about this motorcycle.

March 28, 2013 10:05
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