HONDA CB650F (2017 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 90 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.89 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (459 lbs / 208 kg)


New £6,599
Used £4,300 - £6,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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!

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 59.3 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price £6,599
Used price £4,300 - £6,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

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 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA CB650F (2017 - 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 (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
5 out of 5 Quality commuter / all-rounder
19 May 2020 by TwoWheelsHeal

Version: ABS

Year: 2018

Does it all

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Did a 1.5k trip around Spain and Portugal. Very comfortable. ABS works well. Discovered this when I really need it.

Engine 5 out of 5

Can potter around town and doing the sensible thing, however give it a fist full and it responds with a bit agression and character

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It's a Honda

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

60+ mpg Not expecting anything too costly service wise.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Could do with a gear indicator.

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