Honda’s legendary CB750K0 introduced the motorcycling world to the modern inline-four, and the world has never looked back. That’s because the configuration delivers a magical balance of power delivery, smoothness, and instant acceleration in a tight, clean package. Plus, there are those awesome waterfall headers! Today, Honda’s CB650R stands almost alone in offering that combination in a 650-sized machine. Plus, we wrap it all up in a contemporary take on the modern naked sportbike we call Neo Sports Café.
NEUTRAL SPORTY RIDING POSITION
One of the most rider-friendly aspects of the whole Neo-Sports Café design is how you sit on the CB650R. You’re ready for aggressive riding, but you’re still comfortable. You can see what’s going on around you and enjoy longer rides with little fatigue.
NEW SHOWA SFF-BP FRONT SUSPENSION
Great handling and precise steering demand premium suspension. That’s why the CB650R now features a Showa Separate Function Front Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP). It offers both reduced weight, superior rigidity, and excellent overall performance. Plus it offers adjustability for spring preload as well as rebound and compression damping.
A bike’s handlebar makes a huge difference in how you relate to your machine. We moved the CB650R’s bar forward and changed the bend in the bar too. Plus, using a premium, tapered-section swaged bar gives you better front-end feedback.
STRONG STEEL FRAME
The twin-spar frame incorporates pivot plates, engine hangers, seat rails, and other components that all reduce weight. It’s light, strong, and provides the basis for the CB650R’s stellar handling.
Featuring huge 310mm discs, the CB650R also comes with radial-mounted four-piston callipers. The result is premium sportbike stopping power that’s linear and easy to modulate. A 240mm hydraulic disc at the rear complements the twin front discs for plenty of stopping power. Two-channel ABS is standard.
The assist slipper clutch lightens clutch operation and that reduces rear-wheel hop during rapid downshifts.