While the new CBR650R draws heavily on the CBR1000RR Fireblade for styling direction, its distinct new lines have an aggressive look of their own, especially around the upper front fairing.
The riding position has been adjusted to move the rider’s weight more forward, and downward. All lighting is LED and the new LCD instrument display now includes a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator.
6kg has been shaved from the chassis compared to the CBR650F, thanks to revisions to the frame, fuel tank and footpegs. A 41mm Showa SFF USD fork, radial-mount four-piston calipers and floating discs are new additions. The wheels are also redesigned.
A new intake and exhaust, plus cam timing change and increased compression ratio are responsible for the engine’s 5% peak power boost and smoother, stronger torque delivery through the mid-range. It also now revs to 12,000rpm, an extra 1,000rpm.
For 2019 an assist/slipper clutch is now fitted to ease upshifts and manage fast, successive downshifts; new Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction.