Honda CBR400R Review
One of its kind Sports bikeTuesday, October 22, 2013
Just ahead of the Osaka Motor Show 2013, Honda has revealed the new CBR400 range. Looking at the warm reception of CBR250R in India, it’s speculated that Honda will soon launch the CBR400R in India later this year. Let’s check out this new bike in detail.
Design and Style
CBR400R borrows styling cues from its elder sibling, CBR500R. It’s a full fairing bike with twin headlights at front. The front cowl features two angular headlights which look dynamic with a transparent visor and sporty decals. The black colored rear view mirrors are also mounted on the top of this cowl. The pointed front fender gets extend along its forks and gives it an appealing look. The multi-spoke design of alloy wheels gels well with its disc plates at both ends. The clear lens side indicators are integrated in its side fairing which also features dual tone graphics. These running graphics can also be seen on its curvy fuel tank. The side fairing of CBR400R looks aerodynamic and comes with an integrated under cowl. The black colored exposed engine complements the color scheme on this bike. CBR400R features up-swept rear cowl and chrome plated fatty silencer which looks extremely sporty with its split seats and grab rails. The side appearance of this bike is very similar to its elder sibling. CBR400R uses a long black colored rear fender which features clear lens indicators and number plate on it. The LED tail light also looks sporty at the back.
Similar to CBR500R, this bike will also have a combined analogue digital instrument console. A blue colored LCD will display its digital odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, 2-trip meter and clock. A round dial will house the analogue tachometer of CBR400R. All essential LED indicators will also be placed in this instrument console.
Engine and Gearbox
CBR400R is likely to be powered by the downsized version of the 470cc engine used in CBR500R. It will be a liquid cooled, 4-stroke 399cc engine which produces a maximum power output of around 46 PS. The torque output of this engine is likely to be around 37 Nm. The bike will share its six-speed manual gearbox with elder sibling. The bike will have one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
The bike is expected be a speed enthusiast as its light weight will help it to achieve an impressive power to weight ratio. The bike may reach 0-100km/hr in less than 8 seconds which will surely make it one of the fastest bikes in its segment. It’s certainly going to be a refined engine which will show no signs of vibration and harshness. Looking at Indian conditions, Honda may launch this bike with short gear ratios to keep this bike on momentum in every gear at any speed. The bike may reach the top speed of 160km/hr. The smooth gear transitions will further make your rides enjoyable. It will be interesting to see if this bike can beat its competitors like KTM390 Duke in India.
Actual fuel figures are not out yet but as speculated, the bike may return a fuel efficiency of around 20-22km/ltr.
Comfort while Driving
The bike features a full size rider seat which is quite comfortable and well padded. The slightly rear set foot pegs help you to get sporty riding posture while it also makes easy for you to reach its handlebar. The rider will also enjoy clear view of roads and instrument console. The weight on handlebar will make it vibration less and will offer you firm palm grip. There are deep cuts on both sides of its fuel tank which give optimum space to your knees.
Storage Space and Safety Features
It’s not sure if the bike will have any storage space but yes, it will have vital safety features like brake callipers on its wheels which will give you safer braking, pass button and powerful headlight to give you bright vision of roads at night.
Suspension and Brakes
The bike is likely to share its suspension and braking system with elder sibling, CBR500R. It may feature 41mm telescopic forks at its front and gas charged mono shock at the back. The bike will have disc brakes on its both wheels. It will sport a front disc brake of 320mm and rear disc brake of 240mm. The ABS variant of this bike may also enter our Indian market.
Ride and Handling
This bike is based on the same platform of CBR500R and will have an extended wheelbase of 1409mm which will add stability to this bike at high speeds. The longer wheelbase along with its strong suspension system will also be beneficial around corners. The broad tyres will hold this bike properly on road. The light weight of this bike will make it easy for you to handle this bike on our crowded Indian roads. The bike will steer properly and it will be easy for you to park it at tight spaces. The ABS will effectively stop this bike wherever needed and will give you complete control over this bike.
Tyre Size, Shades and Variants
CBR400R will have R17 sizes of tyres. Honda may launch two variants of this bike in India. CBR400R will be available in three different colors out of which one will be a dual tone color.
Honda is already an established brand in India and their baby CBR250R has already became quite popular here. If they can manage to price this bike below other competitors like KTM 390 Duke and yet to be launched Kawasaki Ninja 400 then there are full chances that this bike will succeed in India. With a price tag of around INR 2.8lakhs, we feel it will be a complete value for money bike as it will have a high performance engine and chassis which will give it an impressive ride and handling. Moreover, the high resemblance of this bike with its expensive elder sibling, CBR500R proves to be a big advantage for this bike.