- 4-cylinder engine with smooth torque delivery
- Neo-Sports Café styling
- Honda Selectable torque Control (HSTC)
- Assist/slipper clutch
- Inverted fork
The CBR650R is the bike that just ticks all boxes. The inline-four engine’s balance of power delivery, smoothness, and instant acceleration. The seating position that places you more upright for long-distance comfort and the list of standard features that includes ABS, HSTC, LED lights and much more, all packaged in unique Neo Sports Café styling.
Honda’s development engineers wanted to create the purest, most enjoyable midsized four-cylinder performance possible for the CB650R rider. The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine offers a smooth, linear torque delivery that builds strongly as revs rise and sounds great in the process.
Direct cam actuation makes for a compact cylinder head; compression ratio is 11.6:1, and the combustion-chamber shape is optimized by use of a revised piston design. The valve train has been reinforced and valve timing revised; iridium spark plugs are also now employed. Asymmetric piston skirts minimize bore contact, reducing friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer and a silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins. Internal water channelling from the cylinder head to the cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.
New twin air ducts on either side of the fuel tank feed a larger volume of air, as opposed to the single, central duct, raising atmospheric pressure in the airbox. They also produce a throaty intake roar. The exhaust features a large bore tail pipe inside the muffler to flow more gas and with its exit pipe angled upward, to emit an emotional howl. The engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. An assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under rapid downshifts. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) manages rear-wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.
Chassis & Suspension
The CB650Rs steel-diamond frame offers pressed (rather than forged) swingarm pivot plates and uses twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics with high levels of rider feedback. Curb weight (measured with all required fluids) is 202kg Handling is well balanced thanks to a centralization of mass.
Four-piston radial-mount front brake callipers work on 310mm floating discs and are paired with a single-piston rear calliper and 240mm discs. Two-channel ABS is standard. The cast aluminium wheels are a brand-new design with five Y-shaped spokes.
Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB650Rs Neo Sports Café style features the signature compact “trapezoid” proportion of short, stubby tail and short-overhang headlight as well as super-sport-style footpegs. The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four-cylinder power plant. It also houses the ignition.
Available in two colours: Candy Chromosphere Red and Graphite Black