The 2017 Honda CBR650F is a mid-range everyday sports bike and is powered by a 649cc inline 4 engine which puts out 90bhp. It was originally launched in 2014.
- Looks great, goes well, stops well
- Power to weight ratio
- No gear position indicator, seat comfort
- Not very pothole friendly
It's powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 649cc inline four cylinder engine, producing 89.8bhp at 11,000rpm and maximum torque at 8,000rpm.
- Steel twin spar frame with Aluminium swingarm
- Dual 320mm wavy discs up front with Nissin 2 piston caliper
- 240mm wavy disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
- Dual channel ABS
- Showa 41mm SDBV fork with 120mm travel
- Rear shock with 7-level adjustable pre-load and 44mm travel
- Clip on bars
- LED lights front and rear
- 4->1 exhaust system
- 6 speed gearbox
Compared to the 2014-2016 model there's a new muffler, the engine is painted gold/black instead of black/silver, the swingarm is now black, power is up roughly 4bhp in the top half, there are revised Nissin calipers and the front light is now LED as well. Handling has been improved by upgrading to the latest Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) fork.
The naked CB650F version is essentially the same bike but with normal higher handlebars, more relaxed riding position and no fairing making in 3kg lighter.
The 6-spoke 17" cast Aluminium wheels take a 120/70 tyre at the front and 180/55 at the rear.
Accessories include a tall screen (£105), heated grips (£340), pillion seat cover (£130) and a variety of Carbon look parts.
Colours: Red, white, black
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As a fairly new rider, I was looking for a mid-size sports bike for my first big bike. Having ridden a 125 for a year, I was ready for something with a bit more power, and something brand new without inherited gremlins.
There's a surprising amount of power for only 650cc, and in the 6 months I've owned it it's spanked anything that isn't a litre-plus superbike, and can even keep up with those fairly well.
I sat on a lot of midsize sports bikes, and the Honda was the most comfortable and had the best numbers. I was torn between the CBR650F and the VFR800F, but picked the CBR because of the better power-to-weight ratio. The test drive confirmed it; as soon as I'd gotten away on my own, the exhaust note convinced me. Being 6'2", comfort is important to me, and the CBR650F isn't perfect for that, especially on longer rides.
- Lots of power, accelerates near instantly.
- VERY responsive, handles wonderfully
- Stops on a sixpence thanks to the big dual front discs. Don't even need the ABS unless it's an emergency stop.
- Great on twisty roads, right down to single-track country lanes.
- Wonderful exhaust note without an aftermarket exhaust.
- Looks lovely in red.
- Light enough to shove into a parking space or garage on your own.
- Feels fast with the clip-ons and the forward-leaning stance
- Lots of bang for your buck; feels like a superbike, but doesn't have the price of one or drink fuel like one.
- Seat's uncomfortable after an hour or so.
- Slightly cramped riding position causes knee cramps after an hour or so.
- Hard to stay under the speed limit.
- No gear indicator, so you need to count
- Stiff suspension makes it a poor choice for low speeds, bad roads, and very tight cornering. Stick to the open road, not the town centre.
- Official Honda accessories are ridiculously priced.
Changes I've Made
- GIVI Monokey topbox rack.
- Oxford heated grips (fitted by the dealership, wired into the ignition rather than the battery).
- Robin D, 2018
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