HONDA CBR650F (2017 - 2018) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Don’t expect the CBR650F to take over Honda’s supersport mantle now the RR is dead, it’s not that kind of bike, but as an easy-going sporty machine with a budget price tag you could do a lot worse. In fact, the CBR is now almost slipping into budget sports tourer territory and with a set of panniers fitted would be a great machine for solo weekends away or quick trips to Europe.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Where the CB650F has a single flat bar, the CBR gets semi-sporty clip-ons that are located above the top yoke for comfort. Compared to the naked bike’s bars they are 30mm narrower and set a little lower, giving a sports tourer style riding position that is more aggressive than the CB but not over the top. The new Showa forks give an excellent ride and the CBR is surprisingly assured in the bends.
EngineNext up: Reliability
If you want to ride the CBR 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 not supersport fast, and lacks the punch of some of its twin-cylinder rivals, but it is spirited.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
CBRs have an excellent reputation for reliability and the CBR650F 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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
A price tag of £7399 puts the CBR in a strange place. It is far cheaper than other bigger capacity sports tourers, but there again it lacks their advanced electronics and equipment. It’s more expensive than Yamaha’s Tracer 700, but it has the feeling of being a better built machine and is an inline four rather than a twin. It could do with being a few quid less, but it’s not bad value at all.
You don’t get much in terms of equipment and only the shock is adjustable. The CBR’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.
|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||£93|
|Annual service cost||£180|
|Used price||£4,500 - £6,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||90 bhp|
|Max torque||47.2 ft-lb|
|Top speed||140 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||190 miles|
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBR650F (2017 - 2018)
1 owner has reviewed their HONDA CBR650F (2017 - 2018) 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Version: Standard 2018 model
Annual servicing cost: £175
Great bike to ride on British roads, fast enough, good handling which copes well with poor surfaces. Typical Honda ease of use, light clutch, precise gear change. Surprisingly good two up. The instrument panel is basic but adequate. The seat needs a tad more padding.
The ride is excellent considering there's very little adjustment in the suspension. The slightly hard seat is good for two hours, by which time you'd probably want to stop for a cuppa anyway. I regularly ride mine non stop from Portsmouth to Milton Keynes.
As ever Honda's vast experience with engines shines through.
I've had nothing but reliable service from my bike.
I've had good miles a gallon out of mine on my long jaunts around the back road ofsouth east England (60+mpg)
It's got what you need and no more.