Honda CBR650R Review
What Is It?
The 2019 Honda CBR650R is an A2 licence friendly mid-range sports bike which replaces the CBR650F.
Engine: 649 cc Inline Four, 94 bhp
Economy: 50 mpg, 170 miles
Top Speed: 140 mph
Seat Height: 810 mm
Wet Weight: 207 kg
|✓||Looks amazing in black, gear position indicator, fancy dash, suspension, brakes, easy A2 restriction|
|×||Dash is only LCD, optional quickshifter is up only, low screen|
I have owned a 2017 model CBR650F for 19 months and loved the bike, but when the CBR650R became available I wondered what the differences would be apart from looks and a few tweaks for the extra £319 increase in RRP, so I took one for a test ride and of course bought one.
So what are the differences ?
Upside down forks which look and feel better planted on the road. Four pot calipers on the front brakes instead of two, which you notice in the stopping ability straight away even though the brakes are not fully bedded in yet.
Riding position is sportier than the F version but not uncomfortable on the wrists which was a concern of mine for longer rides.
The bike looks better at the front, like a mini Fireblade, it also feels smaller than the F which is great for new riders coming from a 125 cc machine and looking for their first big bike.
The dash is much better looking and now comes with a gear indicator at last. A rev change light that can be altered to let you know when to change up and it has traction control, which is a nice feature to have.
The increase in BHP isn't much over the F but with the weight loss too it feels quicker and there is a slipper clutch which is so light to use and a nice addition.
All lights including indicators are now LED and the headlight does a much better job of lighting up the road ahead at night, something I found lacking in the F version.
The engine has a revised ECU and slight engine changes, which help the bike run much smoother over the old F version.
Honda have done a great job in updating the bike with all the extra bits for a few pounds added to the RRP of the CBR650F.
- Looks stunning, like a mini Fireblade
- Much better headlights for night riding
- Lighter weight
- Cheap insurance, for me at least
- Fun to ride
- Needs a tail tidy
- Screen is very low
- Rob S, 2019
How Does It Compare?
- Honda CB650R: Stylish neo-retro naked version with higher bars and a more relaxed riding position