Road Test

Honda Honda CB650R (2019) review

Honda introduces the middleweight naked market to the Neo Sports Café design ethic

Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Naked
Price:
£ 6999
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Honda's CB650R brings some class to the middleweight naked market
Styling, Handling, Sweet motor, Surprisingly quick
Budget tyres, Small tank, hard to read dash

Rider aids and electronics

Switchable torque control, just on and off, is selected using the finger switch on the front of the left-hand grip, while there is a slip-assist clutch to help ease rider fatigue and smooth out aggressive downshifts.

The dash takes its design and layout from the CB1000R and includes: Digital speedometer, digital rev-counter, dual trip meter, digital fuel gauge, gear position, shift light and digital clock. With the bars being so low-set the dash is a long way from your natural field of vision when riding, meaning a big glance down is needed. I also found them a bit tricky to read during the day as the backlight only comes on in darkness. It’s not a massive problem for a more experienced rider but a newbie, who may want to keep tabs on gear selection and revs, it may become frustrating.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a well put together, reliable and extremely cool looking roadster the Honda CB650R is a very attractive proposition. The fact that it’s also a hoot to ride, more than capable in the twisties and comfortable just makes its appeal even greater.

Compared to the opposition it not the most powerful option but then again, Honda isn’t in the game of chasing outright power domination. They are more about building broad appeal products that work, and the addition of the Neo Sports Café Honda means the A2 licence (a kit can be fitted at point of sale) and the middleweight naked market in general, is just a nicer place to be.

Accessories

  • Belly pan
  • Wheel Stripes
  • Tank bag and seat bag inherited from the CB1000R
  • Quick shifter
  • Front Visor
  • 12V socket
  • Heated grips
  • Tank pad

Honda CB650R (2019) spec

Capacity

649cc

Bore x Stroke

67.0 x 46.0mm

Engine layout

inline four

Engine details

16v dohc, l/c

Power

93.9bhp @ 12,000rpm

Torque

47.2 lb.ft @ 8000rpm

Top speed

150mph (est)

Average fuel consumption

45mpg

Tank size

15.4 litres

Max range to empty (est)

150 miles

Rider aids

ABS, Honda traction control (HSTC)

Frame

steel twin spar

Front suspension

41mm Showa SFF usd forks

Front suspension adjustment

none

Rear suspension

Showa monoshock

Rear suspension adjustment

preload only

Front brake

2 x 310mm discs, four-pot caliper, ABS

Rear brake

240mm disc, one-pot caliper, ABS

Front tyre

120/70-17

Rear tyre

180/55-17

Rake/Trail

25.5°/101mm

Wheelbase

1450mm

Seat height

810mm

Kerb weight

207kg (202kg)

Warranty

unlimited miles/2 years

Website

https://www.honda.co.uk/

Styling, Handling, Sweet motor, Surprisingly quick
Budget tyres, Small tank, hard to read dash

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