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HONDA CB650F (2014-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2014

It’s one of our bikes of 2014…

HONDA CB650F  (2014-on)

It’s one of our bikes of 2014…

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  86 bhp
  • 51 mpg  -  194 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • New: £6,399
    Used: £4,000 to £6,800 See all HONDA CB650Fs for sale

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Value-packed roadster based on CBR650F running gear looks brilliant, is so well executed it wouldn’t look the poor relation parked next to a CB1000R or Blade, is simple and straightforward to ride and is also practical, versatile and great fun. In other words, it’s what motorcycling used to be all about before mega modes and silly prices. It’s one of our bikes of the year.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The way the CB turns and stops is both more than adequate (accomplishment itself considering the price) and thoroughly engaging and fun, too. Through the sinuous, endless hairpins of the velvety CV-70 up and over the high sierras, the new Honda was a blast: braking had far more finess and power than its humble two-pot calipers would suggest; the ride was firm, taut and reassuring, not quite delivering the refinement of more expensive systems and very occasionally a tiny bit choppy, but, on the whole, excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5

All-new. Honda’s first Thai-built multi (following the CB500 twin range launched last year) has plenty of sports influences (RR bore, compact shaft arrangement and stacked gearbox) but is also tuned to be flexible and user-friendly and styled (with minimal hosing) to look good, too. It spins up effortlessly and feels happy to rev, belying Honda’s claims for decent, meaty midrange. No, there’s no great gobfuls of torque. This is still a middlewight four, a turbine-smoth rev-monster. Yet to its credit, it IS also one that makes decent progress

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Although there’s nothing flash or fancy about the CB, its designers have clearly paid a great deal of attention to the important details and given it more than a few quality touches where it counts. Those snazzy wheels and header pipes, for instance; a full five colour choices, the textured seat finish and carbon effect infill panels around the tank, all of which help lift this new Honda above the ordinary and mundane into something that is truly special.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The CB650F falls almost exactly midway between the price of Yamaha’s impressive new twin, the MT-07 and Triumph’s class-leading three-cylinder the Street Triple both excellent bikes in their own right – but we reckon the Honda’s better AND better value.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Although the suspension is fairly budgety (no inverted forks nor front adjustment and no linkage for the single shock rear), because it’s been designed from the outset as such and with the CB’s looks deemed equally important, those suspension components don’t LOOK budgety. The forks have natty black lowers, the shock’s hidden away with your eye instead drawn to the stylish cast alloy swingarm and clean undertray.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £6,399
Used price £4,000 to £6,800
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £120
Performance
Max power 86 bhp
Max torque 46.5 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 51 mpg
Tank range 194 miles
Specification
Engine size 649cc
Engine type 16v DOHC four, 6 gears
Frame type Oval steel tube diamond
Fuel capacity 17.3 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 208kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Single shock with preload adjust
Front brake 2 x 320mm wavy discs with twin-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

14 owners have reviewed their HONDA CB650F (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CB650F (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

A good, reliable and fun motorcycle

12 June 2018 by Prown

For the price (in Europe) there is a no better value 4 cilinder motorcycle in the market. Its an amazing, well built, reliable sporty machine that in its latest version recaptures the hornet spirit.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excelent suspension (SDBV showa forks), great breaks. Never felt i was riding the motorcycle above its capacity no matter how aggressive i was. Very balanced package.
Engine
5 out of 5
Economical for its architecture and displacement (5.5l/100kms), amazingly good midrange and screaming top end. Almost 100bhp. Never felt wishing for more power.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Small details show that the build quality could have been better, the side panels have been glued and can easily get loose. Other then that nothing to complain about.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very reliable machine, the engine altough sporty its understressed, should last ages.
Equipment
3 out of 5
No Gear indicator and the tires are kinda vague in feel... i would reccomend getting new ones as fast as possible. Bike comes with LED lights and that is something you dont get in this segment very often.
4 out of 5

A let down performance

03 May 2018 by John Pool

Disappointing performance. High revs in top gear at speeds as low as 45mph. Needs wider spaced gearing.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Comfortable and sits on the road well.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Looks good and no problems after 5000miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Service intervals now at 8000 miles so keeps costs down.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Should have a gear indicator.
Buying experience

As always when buying from Dobles, the experience was enjoyable. Paid the ticked price, but got a good trade in value.

5 out of 5

Great road bike for work and fun at the weekend

25 February 2018 by happy Harry

Great bike for work. The weekend fun. Great brakes. Drives lovely, great seat, can drive this bike all day without getting sore.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
-
Buying experience

Great deal from three cross motorbike Akrapovic, seat cowl, tall tidy, datatag, frame slider, 17 plate, 1900 miles on the clock, for £5000.

4 out of 5

Best middle weight budget bike

16 February 2018 by Rob

Awesome machine for the money, it’s not a fast bike but not is it slow by any means. Lots of fun on A-roads.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The ride is comfortable even after 3-4 hours, the brakes work well and ABS is fantastic. I have had cagers cause me to use the brakes to the maximum in the past and they have stopped me in plenty of time even at motorway speeds.
Engine
5 out of 5
Sounds great and very responsive, keep the bike at around 5k on the tachometer and it pulls like a train.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
7 months in and never missed a beat. I have rode the bike every day since buying her back in August 2017 and she has never let me down.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
First service is £150 at 600 miles then the next service is not till 8000 miles or a yearly one.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Could do with a gear display like mentioned in the review, standard exhaust is also very quiet but put a aftermarket on and you can really hear the 4 shouting, lovely sound.
Buying experience

Honda did me a great deal, paying for my DAS with the bike.

5 out of 5

A bike that will suit your mood. Mad or Calm

31 January 2018 by Roger Hicks

A smart little bike. Easy to handle, fast when you want it to be. Likes to rev but has torque too, so will suit whatever mood you're in. Really like the Red, White and Blue with gold wheels

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Quite superb considering low cost. A little firm on some roads but supple enough to provide confidence when pushed.
Engine
5 out of 5
Will really rev if you want it to, but will also pull away at low speed, in top gear without snatching, very usable torque. Sweet engine!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Typically Honda
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Low costs
Equipment
5 out of 5
Lacks gear position indicator. Larger screen, crash bungs and belly pan fitted, add to its modern look. Michelin Road Pilot 3's work really well.
Buying experience

Traded in a 2001 TDM 850 against it when it was 2 years old. Ticket price was £4995

5 out of 5

CB650F experience

30 December 2017 by Guya Tsur

Just what I expected!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are good but could bite a little harder. Seat is comfortable and I never need a break.
Engine
5 out of 5
Honda knows how to build engines. This bike is fast enough for riders that do not need more than 230 kilometers an hour. (140 mph)Vibrations are close to zero.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Built tough. No noises, leaks or rattling.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
I would be happy if it showed what gear am I on.
5 out of 5

A good bike

18 November 2017 by Dukie

This is my 13th bike in 8 years of riding and my first naked. I like it and would recommend it. It's a bit slow under 4000 revs but keep it higher in the rev range and it just gets better and better. Above 5000 revs this bike shifts above 7000 it's instant throttle. As a road bike you are the fastest thing on the road, I have no idea for track. I have short arms so raised the bars a title do to slight forward reach, otherwise comfortable. Fuel wise, I average 52mpg and fill up around 135miles before fuel gauge starts to blink. I normally get or exceed the Honda mpg quotes so this is a bit lower than i expect but it's a fun ride. This bike likes to go fast.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great bike

29 October 2017 by E303

Great all round bike, and good looking. The engine, handling and economy are the best things about this bike. The riding position is fine for a few hundred miles. Lacks a few features compred to more expensive competitors.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes and handling are superb. Been on some bumpy roads and the factory-set rear suspension setting is fine. I fitted a fairly big screen on it to keep the wind off at 70 mph, however as supplied it was surprisingly un-windy for a naked at 70 mph, probably due to the riding position. The ride position is forward leaning, but it puts you in good connection with the front wheel. The engine can be a little twitchy until you get used to it. This is 5 out of 5 for a naked, compared to a light tourer, it'd be 4 of 5.
Engine
5 out of 5
Euro 4 engine, makes a great sound, is quick, efficient, with good power delivery across the rev range. Not really possible to push it to its limits on UK roads.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Early days yet, but construction and parts seem solid. Engine is rarely stressed by anything other than racing. No gear indicator. It's the quality and reliability to expect from any Honda.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Have only done one service at 600 miles. Every 8k miles or annual. Gently it'll do 55-60 mpg, running it hard will drop it 45-50 mpg.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Brand new, you don't get much. Needed to spend £500 after market on: screen, heated grips, top box and oiler; fitting everything was straightforward except the oiler. So it could easily be used as a short-middle distance tourer rather than a commuter. The trip computer is fine.
Buying experience

Great. Bought from a Honda franchise.

5 out of 5

2nd big boy bike

24 August 2017 by Si

went from a CB500 to this CB650f wow what a difference. fast when you want but calm when needed. good quality feel to everything compared to other leading brands, and so easy to get on with. within 20 miles I loved it. on long trips you will get well over 200 miles on a tank and on the commute to work ill do 170 miles then fill up and there is still 3 liters left. am so glad i went for this bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
stops on a sixpence when needed and good ride quality ride for hours at 70mph very smooth
Engine
5 out of 5
sounds good and pulls all the way either off the mark or dropping down to overtake
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
dealer service costs a little high but the milage I do well worth iyt
Equipment
4 out of 5
its a naked so not much going on
Buying experience

helpful staff and and great reviews price was good and great PCP deal dealer was very helpful and great follow up

4 out of 5

08 November 2016 by Robbo

Very agile, handles the twistys with ease.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Very comfy seat. Have so far ridden only an hour without a break but no complaints about the ride at all.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine performs well through all gears. Very smooth take off or if called upon great break away. Handled itself well on motorway with plenty of power in reserve if suddenly needed.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Being Honda and what I've seen so far it's a very well built bike. Only had it since early October so can't comment on corrosion but I'm very confident it won't be an issue.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Hasn't had its first service yet so can't comment on costs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Love the fact the rear tyre is a 180. Fantastic grip in the bends.
4 out of 5

Great first proper bike.

17 January 2016 by TimR

I bought this as my first proper bike after I passed my test. I love this bike, quick, light, economical, great looking and not all that expensive. The only thing which could make it perfect would be it needs to be physically bigger for me. I'm 6'1" and 17 stone! That aside, this is a great bike for the money.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is a bit firmer than I would like but it is not a deal breaker. The bike is derived from a sport bike not an adventure bike. Pillion seat is a bit small for any decent distance but fine for shorter runs. The brakes feel reassuringly strong even when two up. Standard ABS is always good.
Engine
5 out of 5
So smooth running and free revving. Great economy even when pushing on. Plenty of power to bring a huge grin to anyone's face..
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
I added heated grips and a GIVI small screen. Grips are essential and the screen more for cosmetic than practical reasons. Very clear dashboard but a gear position indicator would be a nice extra touch. Again not essential but would be a nice touch.
Buying experience

Bought from Martin at Hatfields Honda in Crowthorne. Excellent service and open to a deal.

2 out of 5

14 November 2015 by Peter smith

Bike has been back to the dealership twice for elegiacally up grades otherwise it's great ride.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Buying experience

I brought it from a dealership I pace £6399.

3 out of 5

26 August 2015 by Martin

Ive had the bike two months and wont be keeping it. Good looking bike that is plenty powerful enough. When accelerating it feels great BUT when rolling off it is not at all smooth and has a very on / off feel to the fuelling. As I bought it for around town and local use it is very annoying to ride. I have borrowed the demo bike to compare and it does exactly the same - you can of course ride around the problem, but you shouldn't need to. Suspension is pretty tight and not adjustable.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought from main dealer who is unable to solve my problems.

5 out of 5

Honda cb650f 10* bike

26 May 2015 by Riki

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Amazing brakes could just use back brake if wanted to
Engine
5 out of 5
Beautiful-sounding bike. though if you like a loud exhaust you'll find it hard to get one for the right price but I think it sounds good as it is
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Got touring kit on it which gives you heated grips a seat bag and a visor and a carbon hugger good value and makes long trecks easier
Buying experience

6k which isn't a bad price I had a go on loads of middleweight naked bikes including yamaha's mt-07 xj6 the kawasaki er-6 and suzuki gladius. Overall I felt the honda was at the top – you get the honda reliability, a beautiful 4 cylinder engine and a fantastic looking bike. It just looks beastier than all the others as it's fat and has a rather big back tyre which is just something I like

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