By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 84.25%
2019 Honda CBR650R
Editor Score: 84.25%
When I first laid eyes on the 2019 Honda CBR650R, I was pleasantly surprised, impressed, and thankful. For too long the standard sporty middleweight category of motorcycles has been plagued with styling that ranges from dated to cheap to what were they thinking. The 2019 Honda CBR650R is none of these. Razor sharp styling derived from the CBR1000RR combined with LED lighting give this sporty middleweight style for miles with a look owners are sure to be proud of.
When the new 650 sports standard debuted in 2014, Honda wanted to fill a gap for the everymotorcyclist. A sportbike with more comfortable ergos and subdued power that was lower in the rpm-range; a CBR you could live with around town akin to its 600cc F-designated predecessors. For 2019, the CBR650 drops the F for an R and it isn’t just the model name that’s more aggressive.
The R Treatment
Lighter, faster and more agile. The aim for Honda’s newest CBR was to bring a touch more RR to it’s everyday sportbike. Slight revisions throughout the motorcycle from frame and engine to the rider ergonomics bring the 650 closer to its double-R toting cousins.
The buttery inline four starts delivering smooth power as low as 4,000 rpm, which then continues to build nearly all the way to its 12,000-rpm redline.
The engine receives a new piston shape, revised cam profiles, a slightly higher compression ratio, and optimized valve timing as well as an extra 1,000 revs, putting redline at 12,000 rpm. The airbox has also been tilted 20 degrees to allow for smoother airflow from the refined dual …read more