2019 CB650R

 

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It’s hardly earth-shattering news (largely because we’ve been banging on about the CB650R becoming a Neo Sports middleweight for most of 2018) but it’s finally here.

The Honda four-cylinder engine looks very similar to the CB1000R  funky naked roadster, comes with 41mm Showa SFF USD forks, radial-mount four-piston brake calipers, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), assist/slipper clutch and a new dash. A 35kW conversion for A2 licence holders will also be available.

2019 CB650R

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Compared to the streetfighter-styled CB650F, which it replaces in Honda’s line-up, 6kg has been saved from the chassis thanks to a revised frame, fuel tank and footpegs. Those 41mm Showa SFF USD fork, radial-mount four-piston calipers, floating discs and new wheels are all new on the R, uprated from what we saw on the lower-spec F.

Tapered handlebars make for lighter steering and Honda says that the riding position is on the sporty end of the naked spectrum.

2019 CB650R

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The CB650R also shares the CB1000R’s distinctive round LED headlight (all lighting is LED) and modern LCD instrument display, which includes a Shift Up and Gear Position indicator.

2019 CB650R

For the 650cc engine, a revised intake and exhaust, plus new cam timing and compression ratios bring a 5% peak power boost and smoother, stronger torque delivery through the mid-range. The engine revs to 12,000rpm, an extra 1,000rpm compared to the CB650F.

2019 CB650R

An assist/slipper clutch is fitted to ease upshifts and manage fast, successive downshifts; Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction.

2019 CB650R

2019 CB650R

Tony Carter

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