HONDA CBR650F (2017 - 2018) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
Power: 90 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (465 lbs / 211 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £4,500 - £6,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

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

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

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

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.

Reliability & build quality

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

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.

 

Value vs rivals

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

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 (3/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 59.3 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £180
New price -
Used price £4,500 - £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 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.

Review your HONDA CBR650F (2017 - 2018)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
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: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
4 out of 5 Great all rounder in Honda's finest tradition.
22 April 2020 by Steve Hyson

Version: Standard 2018 model

Year: 2018

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

As ever Honda's vast experience with engines shines through.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I've had nothing but reliable service from my bike.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I've had good miles a gallon out of mine on my long jaunts around the back road ofsouth east England (60+mpg)

Equipment 3 out of 5

It's got what you need and no more.

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