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The Honda CBR650R gets an overhaul for 2021 including styling and suspension

The Honda CBR650R gains improved usability, handling, and styling for the 2021 update

SINCE the Honda CBR650R morphed out of the squishy shell of the CBR650F back in 2019, it’s been something of a rarity in the market.

It’s not the full-on race-ready experience of the old CBR600RR, but definitely more honed and focused than the previous CBR650F.

Honda CBR650R (2019) video review

Honda CBR650R Review 2019

For the 2021 edition of the machine, Honda was worked on a number of areas of the bike, improve the handling, styling, and everyday usability of the machine

Honda CBR650R (2021) styling and colours

The 2021 version of the CBR650R is still keeping with the hard-edged overhaul the machine gained in 2021. Fans of the previous machine launched in 2019 will be happy to see that the Fireblade-a-like styling is still very much the focus.

The upper and lower fairing panels have been tweaked slightly, something that Honda claims to ‘blend muscularity with slim lines and angles’. While I’m not totally sure I can spot the changes – I think the new bike looks sweet enough! The bike also features a new steel mudguard and a revised number plate mounting bracket.

New suspension for the 2021 CBR650R

The biggest change to the CBR650R is the switch from Showa Dual Bending Valve forks to Sperate Function Big Piston (SFF BP) items. The outgoing model was certainly no slouch when it came to slithering up a twisty mountain pass, striking a perfect balance between cornering prowess and everyday comfort. We’ll wait until we can ride it ourselves but, it should make the Honda an extremely sweet-handling bike indeed.

Improved usability and equipment

As with the CB650R we rode on the head-to-head launch last January, the only real issue was the dash was too dim and difficult to read in a range of lighting conditions. And as with the 2021 CB650R, Honda has had a fiddle around and altered the angle of the dash and also increased the font size to hopefully alleviate this issue.

Under the 810mm seat of the Honda now resides a USB Type-C socket to allow charging of mobile phones and other equipment while on the move.

The 2021 Honda CBR650R is thought to be landing in dealerships before Christmas, with the actual date and pricing TBC.

2021 Honda CBR650R specs

ENGINE

Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 cylinder

Engine Displacement (cm³)

649cc

Bore ´ Stroke (mm)

67.0 x 46.0

Compression Ratio

11.6:1

Max. Power Output

70kW/12,000rpm

Max. Torque

63Nm/8,500rpm

Oil Capacity

2.7L

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

15.4L

Fuel Consumption

20.4km/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Electric

Battery Capacity

12V/8.6AH

ACG Output

370W

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet, multiplate disc

Transmission Type

6-speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

Type

Steel diamond

CHASSIS

Dimensions (LxWxH)

2120 x 750 x 1,150mm

Wheelbase

1450mm

Caster Angle

25.5°

Trail

101mm

Seat Height

810mm

Ground Clearance

130mm

Kerb Weight

208kg

Turning radius

SUSPENSION

Type Front

41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks

Type Rear

Monoshock damper with 7 stage adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke

WHEELS

Rim Size Front

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size Rear

Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Tyres Front

120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)

Tyres Rear

180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)

BRAKES

ABS System Type

2 channel; hydraulic dual disc 310mm front, hydraulic disc 240mm rear

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, gear position and upshift indicator, digital clock

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

Comments

Looks almost retro - I used to race a Honda cbr 600 back in 2007 in the South African Superbike championship - Great bike back in the day - Thanks for all the great news guys https://roxstar.co.za

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