EICMA 2018: All-new Honda CB650R

We knew Honda was teasing the new CB650R when we saw the Neo Café 2020 concept in Paris last month. What we didn’t know was just how soon the production version would follow it! Now, it’s here. Meet the all-new 2019 Honda CB650R.

The new CB650R replaces the CB650F as Honda’s middleweight standard-bearer, and combines retro/modern styling with serious performance bits from the top-shelf CBR1000RR supersports bike. It’s a compelling package, on paper, but we’ll have to wait until April to ride one in person. I mean, unless Honda wants to send me to Texas to ride one again. I’ll let you know if that happens.

In the meantime, check out the full spec sheet and more press photos of the new CB650R, below, then take some time to let us know what you think of the newest middleweight UJM from Honda in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

2019 Honda CB650R | Official Specs

Honda brings a fresh new approach to the naked middleweight arena, with the Neo Sports Café styling of the CB650R, replacing the CB650F. The classic Honda four-cylinder engine propels a lightweight chassis with a high-revving spirit, and premium specifications include upgrades to suspension, brakes and instrumentation. The new CB650R mirrors the CB1000R, with pared-down lines designed to put maximum machine on show. Its super-compact, trapezoid form draws extremities in tightly, and the four-cylinder engine—blacked-out with cam and engine covers highlighted in burnished bronze—is the machine’s centerpiece. Compared to the street fighter-styled CB650F that it replaces, weight has been trimmed from the chassis. An inverted 41mm Showa SFF fork, radial-mount four-piston calipers, floating brake rotors and new wheels are also new for 2019. Tapered handlebars make for easy steering, and the riding position is sporty. The CB650R also shares the CB1000R’s distinctive round LED headlight (all lighting is LED) and modern LCD instrument display, which includes Shift Up and Gear Position indicators. The engine’s revised intake and exhaust, plus new cam timing and compression ratio, boost peak power and provide a smoother, stronger torque delivery through the midrange. An assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages fast, successive downshifts. On the ABS version, HSTC improves rear-wheel traction.

 

    Available Colors

  • Chromosphere Red
  •  
    US Pricing

  • 8899USD — CB650R
  • 9199USD — CB650R ABS

 

Model

CB650R ABS

CB650R

ENGINE

 

Type

649cc liquid-cooled 30º inline four-cylinder four-stroke

Valve Train

DOHC; 4 valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke

67.0mm x 46.0mm

Compression Ratio

11.6:1

Induction

PGM-FI; 32mm bore

Ignition

Full transistorized ignition

Starter

Electric

Transmission

Manual 6-speed

Clutch

Multiplate wet

Final Drive

#525 chain; 15T/42T

SUSPENSION

 

Front

41mm inverted Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF); 4.72 in. travel

Rear

Showa single shock w/ adjustable preload; 5.04 in. travel

BRAKES

 

 

Front

Dual four-piston, radial-mount Nissin
hydraulic calipers w/ 310mm floating discs; 2-channel ABS

Dual four-piston, radial-mount Nissin hydraulic calipers w/ 310mm floating discs

 

Rear

Single one-piston hydraulic caliper w/
240mm disc; 2-channel; ABS

Single one-piston hydraulic caliper w/ 240mm
disc; 2-channel

TIRES

 

Front

120/70-17

Rear

180/55-17

MEASUREMENTS

 

Rake (Castor Angle)

32º

Trail

101mm (4.0 in.)

Length

83.9 in.

Width

30.9 in.

Height

42.4 in.

Ground Clearance

5.8 in.

Seat Height

31.9 in.

Wheelbase

57.0 in.

Fuel Capacity

4.1 gal. (0.8 gal. reserve)

Color

Chromosphere Red

Curb Weight*

447 lbs.

445 lbs.

 

Sources | Images: Hondanews.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.