At EICMA 2018, Honda debuted two showroom-ready middleweights: the 2019 CB650R and CBR650R. These motorcycles replace the naked CB650F and faired CBR650F respectively. While the 2019 Honda CBR650R is the segment’s sport bike, the CB650R is the newest retro-futuristic addition to Honda’s Neo Sports Café range. Both are powered by 649cc four-bangers which now produce more
Honda works fast when it comes to exhibiting its Neo Sports Café motorcycles. When the Japanese brand announces concepts for the line, the production version is never far away. While the 2019 CB650R’s origins can be traced back to the CB4 concept from 2015, Honda showed the updated CB650R Neo Sports Café prototype just last month at the 2018 Mondial Paris Motor Show.
The production version of the 2019 Honda CB650R features LED lighting and a new LCD dash. Compared to the outgoing CB650F, this Neo Sports Café gets a longer rake angle without lengthening the wheelbase. It also shaves around 6 kg of weight, perhaps partly due to the smaller 15.5 L fuel tank. Meanwhile, the seat height remains unchanged at 810 mm.
The 2019 CB650R gets 41 mm Showa SFF inverted front forks, dual 320 mm front discs with radial-mounted four-piston calipers, a single 240 mm rear disc, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to prevent rear slipping, and an assist and slipper clutch. It will be available with or without ABS by April 2019 — at an MSRP of $9,199 and $8.899, respectively.
The 2019 Honda CBR650R adopts Honda’s super sport styling with extended fairings, improved aerodynamics, and a short tail. It too sheds 6 kg of weight from the previous CBR650F it replaces, while featuring a more aggressive riding position with repositioned handlebars and footpegs. The 2019 CBR650R produces 95 PS at 12,000 rpm.
The 2019 CBR650R receives a new frame, an updated muffler, LED lighting, a new LCD dash, and a revised intake. Like the naked CB650R, the sporty CBR650R comes with HSTC, an assist and slipper clutch, 41 mm Showa inverted front forks, a Showa rear mono shock, dual 320 mm front discs, a single 240 mm rear unit, a 15.5 L fuel tank, and a seat height of 810 mm. It will also be available with or without ABS.