Honda’s naked four-cylinder middleweight gains 3kW peak power and a boisterous induction roar, plus a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers. New stripped-back styling highlights the engine and exudes a tougher, uncompromising attitude.
The four-cylinder middleweight has long been a key machine within the wide range of Honda motorcycles. Genuine middleweights provide accessible and enjoyable engine performance tied to minimal mass, giving the kind of pound-for-pound performance that makes a great place from which to begin - or resume - a motorcycling career.
The CB650F, which debuted in 2014, continues the tradition. Designed by a young team of engineers, it harnesses the lightweight form and high quality engineering of all mid-capacity Hondas – with a special nod to the seminal 1970’s CB400 from its side-swept exhaust downpipes – and injected an exciting new jolt of energy and naked streetfighter style.
The 2017 evolution raises the adrenalin level further. The new CB650F makes more power, and delivers an amplified soundtrack that matches its steelier edge. Stripped down further, and with even sharper handling, it packs a punch that’s hard to ignore.
More peak power from revised intake funnels and a new free-breathing exhaust gives the CB650F a satisfying rush up to its 11,000rpm redline, while shorter gear ratios ensure harder acceleration through the mid-range. And with the power upgrade, a new raucous growl emanates from down low, growing swiftly to a fast-spinning howl as the revs rise.
Its handling has been further sharpened with a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin front brake calipers. The CB650F’s lithe lines – with smaller side cowls and nose cowl – accentuate the engine’s muscularity and the machine’s forceful forward stance. The headlight and taillight are now LED while rubber-mounted handlebars add long distance comfort.