HONDA CB650F (2017-on) Review

Published: 13 April 2017

Small tweaks for 2017 help breath some Hornet spirit back into the CB650F

HONDA CB650F  (2017-on)

Small tweaks for 2017 help breath some Hornet spirit back into the CB650F

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  90 bhp
  • 59.3 mpg  -  190 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • New: £6,599
    Used: £5,000 to £6,900 See all HONDA CB650Fs for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The CB650F is back in the naked middleweight game thanks to a proper injection of spirit, handling and attitude. And as the only inline four, it is now in a unique selling point against its twin cylinder rivals. Compared to the old model it has far more of the sporty Hornet ethos, which is a good thing!

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The transformation from old to new is remarkable and there is certainly nothing lacklustre about the CB650F anymore. The CB feels small, light and ready for action in a similar fashion to the old Hornet. The more aggressive riding position puts you right up and over the front, but not in an uncomfortable way and once moving this stance combines with the SDBV forks to deliver the kind of sporty ride that was so lacking in the old model.

Engine 4 out of 5

If you want to ride the CB gently you can, it’s more than happy to cruise around at low revs, but go searching the top end of the rev range and the inline four explodes into life. Tap it down a few gears, get the digital rev counter up into the high notes and not only does it sound much sportier, it responds better too. It’s more like the old Hornet in attitude, but thankfully lacking that annoying vibration!

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The CB650F’s motor is based around the tried and trusted RR engine in a lower state of tune, so all should be well on that front. The build quality is pleasingly good for a bike built to a budget and the styling is fresh and modern. Add a pillion seat cover, which is an optional extra, and it looks even better.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

While it is never going to bother the likes of the premium middleweights such as the MT-09, Z900, Street Triple or even GSX-S750, the CB650F is going to give the budget middleweights such as the MT-07, SV650 and Z650 a damn good run for their money as it is priced in the same ballpark and its chassis is right up there with the very best.

Equipment 3 out of 5

You don’t get much in terms of equipment and only the shock is adjustable. However the CB’s biggest crime is the fact it lacks a digital gear indicator, which its inline four is crying out for as you do need to keep it on the boil if you want to go fast. ABS is standard and the dash has a fuel gauge.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £6,599
Used price £5,000 to £6,900
Warranty term 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 47.2 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 59.3 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Specification
Engine size 649cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC inline four
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 208kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional forks, -non-adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 2x320mm discs two-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70X17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

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