Honda launched two new vehicles at the 2014 Auto Expo: an updated version of the company’s popular scooter the Activa 125, and the company’s new sports bike the CBR 650F.
Both of these vehicles are expected to sell extremely well in India and the UK. India is a particularly lucrative market for Honda, as the country is beginning to embrace sport bikes. With little sport bike competition, Honda is hoping to get in early and corner a percentage of the market.
Let’s take a look at the Activa 125 and the Honda CBR 650F.
The Activa 125 is destined for both the Indian and UK market. It will however be assembled in India, and together with the new sports bike, Honda will create 3,000 new jobs thanks to a production capacity extension. The Activa 125 scooter is powered by a 125cc engine. It can be optioned with disc brakes, tubeless tyres, digital metres and alloy wheels, and it is likely to become a prominent face on British roads.
Due to the hype, the Activa 125 currently commands a huge waiting list, and many potential buyers are offering more money just to get their hands on one early. With an output of 8.6 bhp, the Activa will be among the quicker 125cc scooters on the road.
A large under seat storage area and an all-new instrument panel will set the all-new Activa apart from the older model.
The CBR 650F will be the largest capacity motorbike ever built by Honda in India. It is powered by Honda’s all-new DOHC 4 cylinder featuring PGM-FI (electronic fuel injection) and it will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Two-piston callipers with dual 320mm discs up front and a rear single-calliper 240mm disc will offer excellent stopping power.
Designed for low-end and mid-range torque, the sports bike will be just at home on the road as it will be on the track. The bike benefits from a twin-spar steel frame for structural support, and the all-new multi-function instrument panel brings some new tech to the sports bike segment.
Honda have been quick to point to the everyday rider credentials of the 650F, noting the bikes ability for handling weekend sport riding, long trips, short commutes, and riding with a passenger.
The Activa 125 will be coming to the UK in April 2014, according to Grantham Honda Bikes. The CBR 650F will be available mid-2015, although this date could be pushed forward.