HONDA CB650F (2017 - 2019) Review
- A leap forward compared to previous CB650F
- Inline-4 engine unusual against competition
- Nimble handling and decent brakes
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Honda 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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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!
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
We've only got the one 2017 Honda CB650F owners' review on the site, and it's a full 5.0 stars.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
While it is never going to bother the likes of the premium middleweights such as the Yamaha MT-09, Kawasaki Z900, Triumph Street Triple or even Suzuki 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.
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.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC inline four|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||17.3 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||59.3 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£160|
|Used price||£4,700 - £6,900|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||2 year unlimited|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||90 bhp|
|Max torque||47.2 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||190 miles|
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CB650F (2017 - 2019)
5 owners have reviewed their HONDA CB650F (2017 - 2019) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Annual servicing cost: £195
Had mine from new, 4 years old and getting on for 17k miles. Used to use it as a daily commuter and weekend days out / trips for 2 and 1/2 years till I changed job, using it 7 days a week at times. It's great for towns, riding round in the country and cruising up the motorway. It's fun, engaging and a joy to ride and have fun on and can be fairly forgiving if you get a bit too ambitious for your skill.As with anything there are the odd niggles and compromises, like it can get tiring and feel heavy in towns if your in slow busy traffic and isn't so manoeuvrable in these situations due to the turning circle. But overall I don't mind the niggles cause it's great in so many ways
Firm but comfortable on most roads, but you can feel the bumps or ruts through the bike if the road is rough and full of potholes and can unsettle it if going a bit quick. On a smooth twisty roads it glides along and is so engaging and fun to ride. As long as you have good quality tyres you can feel what the wheels are doing and how it's griping the road. Having done a mix of town, rural and motorways and weekend trips I like having the pre-load on the rear a bit stiffer that you would normally need as it makes it feel more precise in corners and less like a bouncy castle on bumpy roads.Town riding is not a problem but can get a bit tiring and feel heavy in slow busy traffic, and as the turning circle isn't amazing can be a bit challenging to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Brakes are good and solid with good feel and takes quite a lot before the ABS kicks in (depending on road conditions), but overall the bike is easy to ride and very forgiving if you're accidentally a little bit heavy handed now and then.
The engine is brilliant, nice and smooth with it being a 4 cylinder, can purr along at slow speeds without any issue and is very good at letting you be lazy with the gears or it can give you an exciting thrill and be sporty when you keep the revs up higher and in a lower gear. Quite often I leave it in 6th when I ride around on country lanes without needing to change down much and will pick up from 30mph and climbing hills it just pulls, but if you want a quicker response just keep it in a lower gear and the revs up and it will instantly pull away.It can be a little snatchy and aggressive if you throttle on from 0 too quick, but it's a cable throttle and you gradually learn how to adapt to it and how to do it smoothly
The build quality of the chassis, engine and important parts it's really good, there is rust and corrosion in places but mostly cause I would leave it for weeks between washes even in the winter so it got covered in a lot of road salt. The plastic panels around the rear don't quite fit together as well as you might expect and don't fully line up with the mounting points properly in some places but it's a small issue.The OEM chain is a bit cheap and poor quality and rusts very quickly, mine stretched a lot and got seized links within the first 4000 miles, but was probably from lack of maintenance and cleaning on my part
I can push it up to around 80mpg on long runs and get close to 240 miles out a tank (quoted is 213 miles). Servicing is pretty decent cost, mine might be a bit higher than most but cause of heavy use it would usually need brake pads or a tyre around servicing time. Certain parts can be a little pricy for what they are, like the front brake pads as you need 4 or the air filter, but since it's out of warranty I replaced that with a washable K&N filter so saves a little.
The LED lights are great, nice and bright and give a nice white light at night with decent illumination of the road. It could be seen as being a bit underequipped compared to other brands in the same category at the time with the old LCD display and no gear indicator, but the engineering was spent where it really counted on the engine, chassis and suspension etc.I have added a top box, heated grips, power for charging my phone when using it as a satnav, and the optional Honda screen and still love it. I've also found an unused plug in the wiring loom under the seat that can give out 12V only when the ignition is on so I am looking to use that if I ever need to have more power for accessories. Personally I don't rate the Dunlop's that came with it or the options they offer that fit having tried 2 or 3 different sets. Currently on a set of Metzler's and they are excellent.
Great easy bike to ride , smooth power delivery versatility around town handles beautifully and nimble abs is brilliant and builds confidence
Version: Cb650F AK
Annual servicing cost: £175
It was my first 'proper bike' and I did love it, but.. The initial on / off throttle response was jerky and combined with a balance that wasn't quite as sweet as some other bikes this didn't really encourage a relaxed confident ride. I must admit I didnt realise how much this effected me until I rode other bikes which didn't have these issues.
I found the ride quality to be really nice, brakes however were slightly lacking imho. The part inside of the disc (mount / abs reader) also suffered from corrosion)
Whilst the engine itself never missed a beat and power (initial roll on aside) was smooth and predictable. It wore a little thin on me that you kind of have to ring its neck to get to the power. I did still enjoy it loads tho and its not lacking power, I just prefer abit more without having to rev it so much.
Headstock bearings were replaced twice in two years, Some parts suffered some corrosion despite good maintenance cleaning and protection (bike was used all year round)
You see some really amazing deals on these bikes now and again but in hindsight I feel slightly duped as the 0% pcp deal was somewhat dulled by the additional charges etc placed on top of list price. I ended up paying around 130pcm over 3yrs
I didnt rate the original tyres, I also find protection lacking as standard. I added crash protection, mirrors which function beyond a view of my arm / shoulder, handguards, replaced the chain and sprockets as they didn't fare too well through winter. Usual stuff really, added a tail tidy and heated grips, had a top box on for winter which also helped with practicality, but didn't help with the slight feeling that the bikes balance wasn't awesome perhaps me in part, but current bike doesn't make me feel the same). Abs is also eager to intrude and paint durability didnt live upto my expectations for a Honda.
Buying experience: Dealer - wheels Honda who have now lost the Honda franchise. IMO I didnt rate them highly. Keen to get the sale but the process was far from smooth and organised and aftersales customer service was minimal. The workshop staff were helpful and polite. Sales staff were perhaps abit too busy to provide the level of service I would like.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Great All Round Bike
Great in line 4 engine commute/ cruise/tour .Happy to do 250/mls a day on this bike.Sounds great if you wind her up a bit
Honda quality.Never let me down.No corrosion.But always wiped down cleaned garaged under a blanket.
2yrs old Will be independent serviced now
Maybe a gear indicator but never missed one
Buying experience: Hunts Manchester.Had PX Honda was on Sale discount. Got the right price for mine.Deal done over phone my bike collected When new bike delivered.
Does it all
Did a 1.5k trip around Spain and Portugal. Very comfortable. ABS works well. Discovered this when I really need it.
Can potter around town and doing the sensible thing, however give it a fist full and it responds with a bit agression and character
It's a Honda
60+ mpg Not expecting anything too costly service wise.
Could do with a gear indicator.