Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
Honda’s latest flagship product, the CBR 650F, carries the weight of lineage. And what a lineage! The original Honda middleweight – the CBR 600F, stunned the world in 1987. Honda did a repeat performance in 2003, setting the world alight with the CBR 600RR. This is the burden of lineage that the CBR 650F bears on its shoulders. So, yes, it has a tall set of expectations to meet.
The CBR 650F, unlike the CBR 600F and 600RR, however is designed with sport touring intent. The design is edgy and sharp. It’s also very compact. Instrumentation is an all-digital affair with three virtual dials giving out your info instead of the digital-analogue set up that one expects.