Honda to start 500cc twin-cylinder bike production soon in India.
A couple of months back, Honda revealed their plans of introducing fully localised 500cc bikes in India. It was confirmed that they’ll introduce an international model with full localisation in India.
YS Guleria, Director, HMSI revealed the sub-500cc bike is getting ready for India. It is already sold abroad and will be locally produced in our country very soon.
This suggests that Honda might start producing twin-cylinder middleweight motorcycles in India before KTM does. The bikes expected to get heavy localisation includes the CB500 range and Honda Rebel 500 cruiser.
The Honda Rebel 500, CBR500R, CB500F or CB500X are expected to be introduced with an aggressive pricing in India. The Japanese bike maker currently has no 500cc offering in the country.
The only middle-weight bike on offer is the CBR650R. Now the new 500cc range of bikes are powered by a 471cc, liquid-cooled, 4V, DOHC, parallel-twin motor. This engine produces 50 BHP at 8500 RPM and 45 Nm torque at 6500 RPM.
The numbers might not sound interesting from a twin-cylinder motor. That’s because the engine is tuned to deliver relaxed and refined performance with tractable power output.
The CB500F is a naked streetfighter motorcycle, if it’s launched in India, it is expected to come with a price tag of Rs. 3.5 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom).
The Honda CB5R00R is a full-faired version and is likely to retail at Rs. 3.70 lakhs if launched in our country. The CB500X adventure motorcycle might be a popular choice in India with an expected price of Rs. 3.8 lakhs.
The Honda Rebel 500 cruiser bike might also have many takers with a price likely to be Rs. 3.5 lakhs. The 500cc range of bikes will be retailed via Honda’s premium BigWing dealership network.
The launch timeline isn’t confirmed yet but it is scheduled to arrive sometimes this year. Might get delayed due to the pandemic crisis in the country.
Honda 500cc Motorcycle
– Honda to start local production of 500cc bike soon
– 4 new 500cc bikes promised to launch within a year
– It could be CB500 range along with Rebel 500
Source – FastBikesIndia.com