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Honda patents CBR650R & CB1000 Hornet in India

Written by News Team

Honda 2-Wheelers has recently filed design patents for the CBR650R and CB1000 Hornet in India. This move has sparked widespread speculation about the imminent launch of these models in the country. Let’s delve into the details of each motorcycle.

Honda CBR650R

The CBR650R is a fully-faired middleweight sports bike that has been updated for the 2024 model year. It features Honda’s E-clutch technology, which is also available on the Africa Twin. The CBR650R uses a 648.72 cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine making 87 PS at 12,000rpm and 57.5 Nm at 8500rpm. The engine works alongside a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch. Its design is heavily inspired by the previous-generation CBR1000RR, evident from the sharp and aggressive lines on the motorcycle. A short tail section adds to the compact proportions of the bike.

Honda CB1000 Hornet

The CB1000 Hornet is the biggest naked superbike in Honda’s line-up. It is powered by the same engine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade. The CB1000 Hornet’s motor is a 999 cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine. It puts out 147 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 100 Nm. It still comes mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch. The motorcycle comes with a 5-inch TFT screen that shows all the vital information to the rider and supports Honda RoadSync smartphone connectivity. There is all-LED lighting with a dual LED projector headlamp setup. Honda is offering throttle-by-wire, three riding modes and traction control which Honda likes to call Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Honda’s decision to patent these designs in India is likely a strategic move to secure legal rights. However, it’s important to note that a patent filing does not necessarily guarantee a product launch. Honda has a history of registering patents to protect its intellectual property in India.