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HONDA CBR650F (2017-2018) Review

Published: 13 April 2017

Updated: 13 April 2017

Small tweaks for 2017 help give the CBR650F a new outlook on life

HONDA CBR650F  (2017-2018)

Small tweaks for 2017 help give the CBR650F a new outlook on life

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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 & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.


Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued 2018
Original price £7,399
Used price £4,600 to £6,000
Warranty term (when new) 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 47.2 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 59.3 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
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 211kg
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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