Honda CBR650F

Honda CBR650F Review

As a fairly new rider, I was looking for a mid-size sports bike for my first big bike. There's a surprising amount of power for only 650cc, and in the six months I've owned it the CBR has spanked anything that isn't a litre-plus superbike, and can even keep up with those fairly well.

REVIEW

★★★★☆
Looks great, goes well, stops well, power to weight ratio
× No gear position indicator, seat comfort, not very pothole friendly

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.

Honda CBR650F

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.

Honda CBR650F

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.

Honda CBR650F

Pros

  • 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.

Honda CBR650F

Cons

  • 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.

Honda CBR650F

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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Specs

Capacity: 649 cc

Power: 90 bhp

Seat Height: 810 mm

Wet Weight: 211 kg

Range: 190 miles

RRP: £7,400

All Specs

Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2017 £5,800 £4,650 £4,050 3,700
2018 £6,300 £5,050 £4,450 2,100

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