HONDA CBR650R 2019
The CBR650R looks every bit a mini Fireblade and makes for a very enjoyable relaxed day to day sportsbike. But is there a market for it in? Surprisingly, Honda sold 602 CBR650F models in the UK last year (ironically more than the ‚Blade), so on this evidence there most certainly is.
We’re running a Honda CBR650R on the MCN long term test fleet
Some potential owners may be more tempted to buy a used supersport bike instead of spending nearly 8000 on a new CBR650R, but a PCP plan that currently works out at 99 a month may sway this decision
The CBR uses the same updated chassis and suspension as the CB650R, 2008 cbr600rr fairings which means inverted forks and radial brakes alongside a revised steel diamond frame.
The CBR’s sporty riding position increases the percentage of the rider’s weight over the front wheel, making the forks compress more at low speed. This gives the impression they are softer, but its settings are identical to the CB and once on the move they feel just as composed and are set perfectly for sporty road riding.
Combined with the surprisingly agile chassis, the CBR is a very sweet handling machine that will even be replacing the CBR600RR at the Ron Haslam Race School for 2019. 2003 yamaha r6 fairings
Furthermore, we’ve also ridden the Honda CBR650R on Bridgestone S22 tyres.
Honda claim to have given the 649cc inline four a bit of extra poke when compared to the outgoing CBR650F, but you would struggle to notice its 5% increase in peak power or the 5% boost in top end the CBR’s twin ram air scoops give it over the naked CB650R on the road.
What is far more apparent is the reworked assist/slipper clutch’s beautifully light action and the revised gearbox, which changes ratio with the faintest of touches (a super slick quickshifter is a 295 accessory).
When applying the power from a closed throttle the inline four is a little abrupt to respond, 06 gsxr 600 fairings but once on the gas it’s very controlled and makes for a very easy going road bike with a spirited bit of top end performance once you feed it some revs.
The CBR650R comes with inverted forks (non adjustable), radial brakes with ABS, traction control (Honda’s Selectable Torque Control) and an LCD dash.
Overall the CBR has a feeling of quality and looks fantastic in its mini Fireblade fairing, so much so it is easy to mistake it for the litre bike. Brake hard and the CBR’s brake light and indicators will automatically flash as a warning thanks to Honda’s emergency brake warning system, grom fairings which is standard fitment.