Words: Mikko Nieminen, Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine.
Photos: Zep Gori, Francesc Montero, Ciro Meggiolaro, Ula Serra-Prats.
Honda has produced some great bikes over the years. Some of them have been iconic (the Fireblade and the Africa Twin for instance), others almost indescribable (I still don’t quite know what to call the X-ADV), but above all else the Japanese manufacturer’s success is built on a wide range of sensible, real-world bikes.
The new CB650R and CBR650R are a great example of sensible, yet capable machines from the big H.
They’re new models, replacing – and heavily based on – the CB650F and CBR650F, with increased power, reduced weight, tweaked riding position and a number of changes to the chassis.