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2015 Honda CBR650F Review
2015 Honda CBR650F on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Forget About Limits…
Bikes used to be arranged around how big their engines were: 250, 500, 750 or 1000cc. Then inflation set in, and 500s became 600s, and the 750s became 800s. Unless you were racing in a special displacement grouping, it all seemed a little silly. Didn’t we all just want a great motorcycle, regardless of some arbitrary engine size?
Well, that’s what you get with the CBR650F, and why riders find is such a joy. A truly fun ride at a great price, it’s both practical and fun—what Honda does like no one else. Its inline-four engine specifically tuned for low-to-midrange torque, delivering a powerband that’s suited for a wide range of riding styles. Weekday commuter, weekend sport riding, long trips, short hauls, solo or with a passenger—the CBR650F does it all.
CBR650F – built for both the young and the young at heart
Who says that practical, comfortable, everyday bikes can’t generate the adrenalin rush of their RR brethren? Case in point, the CBR650F – its high torque, in-line four-cylinder engine, tuned for strong low-end, mid-range and top-end power, provides tremendous drive off the line and out of turns. The all-new steel chassis positions the engine far forward for optimal weight distribution and is tuned to provide an excellent balance between comfort and rigidity. An aluminum swingarm with a direct mounted single-shock handles the suspension duties at the rear while a 41 mm front fork keeps the front end planted in turns. Powerful, dual 320 mm wave-style front-brake rotors, supported by a single 240 mm rear, provide track level stopping power. Two channel ABS works in harmony with the wide, high-traction sporting radial tires to help ensure strong and secure stopping in a variety of conditions.
So the CBR650F has the sporting credentials to live-up to the CBR designation, but what will catch your eye first is the unique styling. The design team for the CBR650F included a number of young engineers in their 20s who wanted to create a thoroughly modern and unique sport bike for today’s world. Since the engine, chassis, bodywork and, even, the wheels were all new, they had virtually a blank canvas to work with and what they came up with is a stunning design. From the minimalist full fairing that leaves most of the engine exposed, to the sweeping exhaust headers, to the arcing aluminum swingarm, the CBR650F is attractive from any angle.
Options & Pricing
The CBR650F offers a great combination of sportbike performance, versatility and value, along with the quality and attention to detail that’s made Honda famous. The 649cc engine displacement makes for a user-friendly powerband that’s perfect for both general riding and weekends when you want to dial it up a notch. Best of all, the CBR650F is available in two versions: the CBR650F and the CBR650F ABS with our Anti-lock Brake System—an excellent choice for riders of all levels.
Base MSRP $8,499
•649cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
•Digital instrumentation, clip-on handlebars, sportbike styling
•Fun, value, & practicality in one bike
2015 Honda CBR650F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head employs direct cam actuation and cam timing that delivers strong torque and drivability below 4,000 rpm.
•Internal water channeling from cylinder head to cylinders reduces the number of external hoses allowing the motor to show off its minimal, elegant beauty and functional style.
•The shock and 41 mm telescopic fork have been developed to work directly with the CBR650F frame’s performance parameters to provide supple, neutral handling in all conditions. Firmer spring rates (with damping to suit) match the bike’s more sports-oriented focus.
•A compact ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and reduced chance of breakage.
Bang for Your Buck
This is a machine that offers an incredibly high fun factor while keeping real-world budgets in mind. Its ergonomics and performance will keep you excited and its price and features will keep your wallet.
Honda pioneered the modern inline-four layout and we’ve never looked back. With smooth running and offering terrific performance, the CBR650F’s powerplant is one of our best.
Twin-Spar Steel Frame
Rock-solid handling starts with a rock-solid chassis. The CBR650F’s frame is strong for sharp, responsive handling, but not too stiff for casual, everyday riding.
The CBR650F offers a digital LCD instrument package. Everything is clearly visible, night or day, and includes all the info you need for longer trips or cross-town commutes.
2015 Honda CBR650F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The Biggest Difference of All: Honda Quality.
The 2015 CBR650F does what Hondas have always done best: offer performance, innovation and quality, and deliver it at a value point that’s second to none. Add to that the CBR650F’s wide capabilities—sportbike, commuter, weekend fun machine—and you can see that it’s like having two or three machines for the price of one. Best of all, nobody else, at any price, can deliver the build quality and long-term reliability that’s made Honda famous.
Dual-Disc Brakes/Optional ABS
Here’s an area where plenty of other bikes would scrimp, but not the CBR650F. Dual 320mm front discs offer excellent stopping power under a wide range of operations. Honda’s ABS system is available for more confident stopping in challenging conditions.
41mm Front Suspension
Our 41mm front suspension offers excellent suspension action and a comfortable ride along with precise steering and front-end feedback.
Supersport-Style Front Cowl
The CBR650F may be a terrific value, but it still offers plenty of style. Check out its CBR600RR-inspired front cowl—just enough bodywork to cut the wind blast and give it a cool look.
Power, style and an unmistakable growl—you get all three with the four-into-two-into-one exhaust system on the CBR650F.
Smooth, nearly seamless shifts and more gear ratios to match the way you want to ride: those are two of the characteristics that make this Honda so much fun to ride.
649cc DOHC Engine
Engines like this are what Honda does best. The four-cylinder design makes it smoother and faster revving than most twins, and offers ample low to midrange torque, and plenty of power through the entire rev range.
Twin-Spar Steel Frame
A steel frame is strong, but not too rigid for the needs of the everyday rider. With a 57-inch wheelbase, the CBR650F is also quick and responsive—just what a machine in this class should be.
In addition to the speedometer and digital tachometer, the CBR650F’s instrumentation also includes clock, trip meter and fuel gauge.
Clip-on bars are an integral part of supersport bikes and for the CBR650F, they put you in a riding position that’s both sporty and comfortable enough for longer trips.
4.5-Gallon Fuel Tank
You asked; we listened. A bike as versatile as the CBR650F needs plenty of range, and the 4.5-gallon fuel tank provides just that.
A 240mm hydraulic disc at the rear complements the twin front discs for plenty of stopping power.
The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head employs direct cam actuation and cam timing that delivers strong torque and drivability below 4,000 rpm..
Peak power arrives at 11,000 rpm with peak torque at 8,000 rpm for a broad usable powerband. The engine is smooth at all rpm, with distinct inline four-cylinder character and resonance..
To ensure good fuel economy at constant throttle short valve overlap timing works in harmony with a specific ignition map. Range can exceed 350km per tank..
The liquid-cooled engine uses compact internal architecture, with a stacked six-speed gearbox and starter/clutch layout. The four cylinders are canted forward 30° to lower centre of gravity..
A down-flow airbox with narrow, 30 mm, high-velocity intake funnels, route airflow in as straight a line as possible. The PGM-FI fuel injection system operates with information from four separate sensors on 32 mm throttle bores for crisp and accurate response. Careful siting and angling of the throttle bodies allows a narrow frame width, improving manageability for the rider..
Optimization of con-rod length has decreased the side-force on each piston and ‘breathing’ holes in the crankcase walls between journals reduce pumping losses as rpm rises. The pistons feature asymmetric skirts minimizing bore contact to reduce friction further while and ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption and improve heat transfer..
The water pump – designed with CAE study of water flow – is compact and efficient, reducing drag..
Internal water channeling from cylinder head to cylinders reduces the number of external hoses allowing the motor to show off its minimal, elegant beauty and functional style..
Right side-sweeping 4-2-1 exhaust employs optimized downpipe length and diameter, plus patented internal plates regulating airflow to improve torque. The ‘wafer’ design stubby under-slung muffler – with 400-cell catalyzer – contributes to mass centralization..
Steel, diamond frame uses twin 64 mm x 30 mm elliptical spars. The frame’s rigidity balance has been specifically tuned – it’s much stiffer around the headstock and more ‘flexible’ in the spar sections – to deliver desirable handling characteristics and a high level of rider feedback..
A single-tube monoshock with seven-stage spring preload adjustment operates directly on a gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm which arcs up over the muffler on the right..
The shock and 41 mm telescopic fork have been developed to work directly with the CBR650F frame’s performance parameters to provide supple, neutral handling in all conditions. Firmer spring rates (with damping to suit) match the bike’s more sports-oriented focus..
Cast aluminum five-spoke wheels wear sticky 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear radial tires..
Wavy brake discs use the same manufacturing technique as the twin-cylinder NC750 series; the 240 mm rear is formed within a 320 mm front, saving material (and ultimately cost) to the customer. The two-piston front calipers and single-piston rear are managed by standard 2-channel ABS, ensuring safe and consistent stopping in most conditions..
‘Mass Forward’ styling gives the CBR650F its sleek and aggressive appearance. The dynamically curved fuel tank and chiseled fairing add a strong identity, as does the stubby, shrink-wrapped tail unit. Both taillight and front position light are LED..
The riding position is on the relaxed side of sporty and passengers get an ample seat and a grab strap for security..
The fuel tank is hinged at the back allowing easy access to the cylinder head for maintenance..
The dash includes twin large digital screens. On the left are the rev-counter and speedometer; on the right are a fuel gauge, clock, odometer and warning lights. Both sides are lit by a white back light..
A compact ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and reduced chance of breakage..
2015 Honda CBR650F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8499 USD
649cc Liquid-Cooled Inline Four-Cylinder
Bore And Stroke
67mm x 46mm
PGM-FI Programmed Automatic Enrichment Circuit, with 42mm Throttle Bodies
Digital transistorized with electronic advance
DOHC; four valves per cylinder
#525 O-ring chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
41mm Fork; 4.3 inches travel
Single shock with spring-preload adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
Two-piston calipers with dual 320mm discs
Single-caliper 240mm disc
25.3° (Caster Angle)
101.3mm (3.98 inches)
461 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Miles Per Gallon
Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Red, Candy Blue, Matte Black Metallic
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
2015 Honda CBR650F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 46 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
41 mm telescopic fork; 109 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Single shock with spring-preload adjustability, 127 mm (5.0 in) travel
120/70ZR – 17 front; 180/55ZR – 17 rear
Front dual 320 mm wave discs with double-piston calipers; rear 240 mm wave disc with single-piston caliper, with ABS.
810 mm (31.9 in.)
1,450 mm (57.1 in.)
212 kg (467 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Sword Silver Metallic, Candy Tahitian Blue
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda CBR650F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road).
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.